It has been almost 40 years since the last total eclipse! Come Monday August 21, 2017, some of us in East Tennessee will experience total darkness in the middle of the day! I’m sure you’ve heard on the news the importance of protecting your eyes if you’re planning on watching this once in a lifetime event, but have you thought about your skin? Harmful UVA and UVB rays will still be present leading up to the complete eclipse, we want you to be sure and wear your sunscreen!
Picking the best sunscreen can be tricky, our dermatologists recommend sunscreens:
- With SPF of 30 or higher.
- Look for words “Broad-Spectrum” and “Water-Resistant”
- Choose sunscreen with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide listed as one of the first ingredients.
- Avoid sunscreens that contain fragrance, oils, and para-aminobenzoic acid (PAVA).
Remember to re-apply frequently while waiting for the eclipse and after in case you find yourself stuck in traffic.Seek shade often leading up to the event, and wear protective clothing such as hats and sunglasses.
Clear and Brilliant Laser treatments target layers of skin effected by the early signs of aging. Learn more about how the Clear and Brilliant works by watching this short video!
Call the office to schedule your free cosmetic consultation! Now through Labor Day you can take $100 off each Clear and Brilliant treatment.
August is Psoriasis Awareness Month!
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease which is characterized by patches on the skin that are typically red, itchy, and scaly. They may vary in severity from small and localized to complete body coverage. If you feel that you or a loved one are experiencing issues with psoriasis contact one of our Board Certified Dermatologists to help find the best treatment for you!
Did you know that there are FIVE types of psoriasis?
Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of the disease. It is often raised redish patches covered with a buildup of dead skin cells (often white in color). These patches or “plaques” can appear anywhere, but are frequently seen on the scalp, knees, elbows and lower back. Plaque psoriasis can be uncomfortable caus
Guttate [GUH-tate] psoriasis spots or patches aren’t as thick as plaque psoriasis. Guttate psoriasis often starts in childhood or young adulthood, and can be triggered by a strep infection or upper respiratory infection.
Inverse psoriasis shows up as very red lesions in body folds, such as behind the knee, under the arm or in the groin. It may appear smooth and shiny. Many people have another type of psoriasis elsewhere on the body at the same time.
Pustular [PUHS-choo-lar] psoriasis in characterized by white blisters of noninfectious pus, or pustuals, surrounded by red skin. It is not an infection, nor is it contagious. Pustular psoriasis can occur on any part of the body, but occurs most often on the hands or feet.
Erythrodermic [eh-REETH-ro-der-mik] psoriasis is a severe form of psoriasis that needs to be treated as soon as possible. It can lead to widespread, fiery redness over large amounts of the body. It can cause severe itching and pain, and the skin come off in sheets. It is a very rare form of psoriasis, only occurring in approximately 3 percent of people who have psoriasis during their life time.
Images were taken from https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis
Summer is quickly coming to an end, and our children are headed back to school. Sunscreen may not be on the school supplies list, but it should be on yours! Teaching kids sun safe habits is the best way to send them back to school worry-free!
UV rays are most intense from 10 AM to 4 PM; your children could be exposed to harmful rays during recess and Physical Education. That means sending your kids to school slathered in sunscreen may not be enough.
Consider contacting your child’s school to see their regulations on sending sunscreen with your child in their backpack. Some schools will even allow your child to wear a hat while outdoors with a written letter/doctor’s note.
Our Clear and Brilliant sale is still going strong!
Come and take advantage of taking $100 off each Clear and Brilliant treatment now through Labor Day!
Knoxville Institute of Dermatology
Elizabeth Anderson, MD Quyn Rahman, MD Adam Wright, MD Lindsey Best, FNP-BC
Knoxville, TN Lenoir City, TN