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April Newsletter  
lip cancer Blood Pressure Meds Up Risk of Lip Cancers

If you're one of the more than 60 percent of US adults who take medication for high blood pressure (hypertension), be aware that some of these drugs could increase your chances of lip skin cancer. A new study in Archives of Internal Medicine found that Caucasian patients who regularly use certain commonly prescribed antihypertensives may be more than four times more likely to develop lip skin cancer than people not taking these medications. Most lip skin cancers are squamous cell carcinomas, a common skin cancer that affects an estimated 700,000 people in the US annually. "Lip balm sunscreen is very important, and those that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide do seem to provide better coverage," said Dr. Joel Cohen. 

 

Blood Pressure Drugs to Watch Out For 

 

If you are taking any blood pressure medication, speak to your doctor about sun safety, and look over The Skin Cancer Foundation's Prevention Guidelines. 

  
Damage Control
You've heard the phrase "free radicals" wielded by product marketers, but do you really know what it means - and know how to fight them? free radical
  

Free radicals are found in a person's surrounding environment in pollutants, cigarette smoke, herbicides or ultraviolet radiation (sun-exposure), and they have a cumulative effect on the body over time. "Free radicals" is a term often used to describe damaged cells. They are "free" because they are missing a critical molecule, which sends them on a rampage to pair with another molecule. These molecules will rob any molecule to quench that need. Free radicals often injure the cell, damaging the DNA which can result in aging skin, wrinkles, dry skin, inflammation, cancer and other diseases.

 

Antioxidants work to stop this damaging chain reaction that free radicals have started. Each type of antioxidant works either to prevent the chain reaction or stop it after it's started. For example, the role of vitamin C is to stop the chain reaction before it starts. It captures the free radical and neutralizes it. Vitamin E is a chain-breaking antioxidant. Wherever it is sitting in a membrane, it breaks the chain reaction.

 

Taking in enough supply of antioxidants is an effective way to look and feel young inside and out. Antioxidants are present in fruits and vegetables, but using a topical antioxidant product every morning and a retinoid every evening will help fight the skin-aging effects of free radicals. Schedule a complimentary product consultation with one of our Aestheticians who can get you on an antioxidant regimen. 303-756-SKIN.

rosacea All About Rosacea

April is Rosacea Awareness Month. It is a common but poorly understood disorder of the facial skin that affects an estimated 14 million Americans. Although rosacea may develop in many ways and at any age, it typically begins any time after age 30 as a flushing or redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may come and go. It is a chronic but treatable condition and is often characterized by flare-ups and remissions.

 

Over time, the redness tends to become ruddier and more persistent, and visible blood vessels may appear. Left untreated, bumps and pimples often develop, and in severe cases - particularly in men - the nose may grow swollen and bumpy from excess tissue. Signs and symptoms can be controlled with medical therapy and lifestyle changes. AbouSkin has several lasers and light-based treatments that are very effective to treat vessels and facial flushing of rosacea (including V-Beam Perfecta, Cynergy, and MaxG). Click on the links below for some tips on how to manage this skin condition.

"Sex in the City" star, Cynthia Nixon, speaks out about her Rosacea 

National Rosacea Society website  

Even One Pre-Prom Tan Can Be Dangerous
Prom season is upon us and we want to remind all parents and teens that a tan doesn't come without consequences. The Skin Cancer Foundation has always recommended that men and women embrace their natural skin tone. However, those who can't resist the bronzed look but won't sacrifice their health to achieve it should consider sunless UV-free tanners.  Teen Tanners Talk: Click here to hear Chelsea and Natalie, currently fighting melanoma, share their stories about tanning as teens and the impact it has had on their lives.
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