May 23

Sunscreen Breakdown – What You Need To Know

What’s in your sunscreen is just as important, if not more important as its SPF number. When deciding which sunscreen to purchase, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the multitude of choices out there. This is why Dr. Palm talked recently with Elle.com to discuss the differences between the two main “groups” of sunscreens and why one is very much superior to the other. The active ingredients in sunscreens are what separate the good from the not-so-good – and they are divided into two broad categories: physical and chemical. 

Physical vs. Chemical – The Breakdown

What they’re made of

Physical sunscreens are often referred to as “natural” sunscreens, because they are made up of either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide (or both).  These are the only FDA-approved physical sunscreens and are both minerals, which is the reason they are often labeled as “natural.” 

Chemical sunscreens are made up with ingredients that are often hard to pronounce, such as avobenzone, oxybenzone, homoscalate, octinoxate and octocrylene. 

How they work

Physical sunscreen agents work by reflecting light that reaches the skin’s surface back into the environment. Many dermatologists, Dr. Palm included, prefer a physical-based sunscreen for this very reason. Zinc oxide has excellent coverage across the UV spectrum, even better than titanium dioxide, and published scientific literature shows that neither of the two are absorbed from the skin’s surface into the body. In fact, even micronized forms (where particles of sunscreen are invisible to the naked eye) cannot and do not penetrate the surface of the skin. They simply sit atop the skin’s surface, acting as a shield and reflecting the light back into the environment.

Chemical sunscreens work by converting light energy into heat on the surface of the skin, which may contribute to sun damage to the skin over time. The heat causes inflammation on the skin, which can cause premature aging. Anyone with melasma should be very weary of chemical sunscreens, as the heat produced on their skin by chemical sunscreens can further aggravate their pigmentation.

What to Look For When Shopping For Sunscreen

Dr. Palm recommends looking at the active ingredients on the label of the product. A physical sunscreen should list zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, or both. She recommends using a zinc-based sunscreen with a 7% or higher concentration of zinc oxide. It’s also important that a sunscreen has an SPF of 30 or more and that it states it is “broad spectrum,” meaning it protects against both UVA and UVB. 

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Feb 3

How Your Shower Routines Are Damaging Your Skin – And How To Fix Them

Shower Skin Damage? Last month, Dr. Palm answered some must-know skincare questions for Shape.com talking specifically about how seemingly-harmless shower routines could be damaging your skin. She breaks it all down with what you could be doing wrong, why it’s damaging and how to fix it!

Using the Wrong Soap
The wrong soap can be very drying to the skin. Some of the most popular brands of soap available over the counter (for example, Irish Spring, Dial and Lever 2000) use soap detergents to cleanse the skin. This might sound harmless, but these soaps strip skin of not only dirt but also the natural moisturizing factors that keep the skin barrier intact and keep the skin hydrated.

The Fix
Look for soaps that contain moisturizing agents, such as ceramides. Ceramides are a naturally occurring cholesterol-derived component to our skin that is devoid when skin is dry or eczema-prone. A great face and body wash that Dr. Palm recommends is our Art of Skin MD Antioxidant Soothing Wash.

Art of Skin MD Antioxidant Soothing Wash

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Nov 21

Why We Love Mineral Makeup, And You Should Too!

This time of year brings many social gatherings, our calendars are filling up with fun parties and outings as we are sure yours are! We all want to look our best, so for many of us, that includes glamming up with our favorite outfits and of course having a bit of fun with makeup! There are so many choices out there, so we want to break the basics down for you and give you the information to be able to choose the right foundation for your skin's needs.

Benefits – Why We Choose Mineral Foundation

These foundations are great because the main ingredients in most of them (zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, ferrous oxide) are either anti-inflammatory, provide great sunscreen protection (as a physical blocking agent), or provide natural, mineral-based color for the skin.  They are ideal for many skin types, but in particular can help calm sensitive and rosacea prone skin and the anti-inflammatory properties of many of the formulations help to improve acne prone complexions.  The mineral based foundations work great with oily complexions, helping to absorb unwanted shine.  Newer liquid mineral foundations are better for mature skin, and don’t settle in fine lines the way earlier formulations sometimes could.

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Apr 4

Glowing Skin: Harper’s Bazaar Features Dr. Palm

First, Art of Skin MD continues to be trailblazing when it comes to cosmetic trends for Spring and getting glowing skin.  This month, I am featured as an expert that spills the secrets on getting glowing skin.  In the April issue of Harper's Bazaar on newsstands now, you can get my dermatology secrets to amazing skin with topical skin care products. Skin care product recommendations with Dr. Palm Art of Skin MD Harper's Bazaar In this two page feature, I divulge some of my favorite secrets to glowing skin for summer. Continue reading

Nov 18

Pumpkin Peel & ResurFX for Holiday Skin

Thanksgiving is almost upon us and that means everything holiday including everything PUMPKIN!!!  Pumpkin lattes, candles, and pies scent the air, so why not enjoy this yummy scent with a fabulous facial peel ripe for the fall season?  Read on to understand the benefits of our new pumpkin peel...

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Jul 27

Do It Yourself (DIY) Tips – Home Remedy Sunburn Relief

Sunny days in San Diego, California mean ample exposure with the sun.  Unfortunately, prolonged exposure, or lack of good sunscreens, can cause a nasty sunburn.  When you get a sunburn, your skin turns red and hurts. If the burn is severe, you can develop swelling and sunburn You may even feel like you have the flu -- feverish, with chills, nausea, headache, and weakness. A few days later, your skin will start peeling and itching as your body tries to rid itself of sun-damaged cells. If the unfortunate occurs, and you do experience a sunburn, what can one do to create sunburn relief? Continue reading

Oct 28

Common Skin Care Mistakes

I was recently on San Diego CW6 in the Morning discussing and dispelling Skin Care myths.  There are many things that we do on a routine basis that are not good for our skin, and in some cases detrimental.   Click below to see our feature TV segment.  A detailed discussion follows below.  Treat your skin with TLC!     Continue reading

Jul 15

Sun Safe Skin Tips for Del Mar Races & Opening Day

Opening day is this week and Art of Skin MD wants to give you tips to keep your skin safe where the surf meets the turf!  The forecast calls for lots of sunshine and warm weather, which means sun safety is even more important amongst the dazzle of sundresses and fascinators.

 

Here are the Dr. Melanie Palm top tips for keeping it cool during Race Season:

 

1.  Slather on Sunscreen.  New FDA guidelines were released this year regarding best practices and proper labeling and usage of sunscreens.  Sunscreens should be broad spectrum, meaning they cover both UVA and UVB rays.  UVB rays cause the redness associated with sunburn, and UVA causes aging changes to the skin like sun spots, skin texture changes, and loss of collagen - not exactly the fashion statement to make on Opening Day.  Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide sunscreens are great as they act as physical blockers of the sun and offer broad spectrum protection.  Art of Skin MD offers a variety to choose from including the Elta MD line, Revision, Neocutis Journee, and the Art of Skin MD line.

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Elta MD sunscreen offers cosmetically elegant formulations of micronized zinc oxide preparations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Be unforgettable with Sunforgettable by Colorescience.  Got limited space in your purse or pockets to carry sun protection?  No problem.  We have a solution that fights shine and protects skin.  The Sunforgettable brush by Colorescience is an award-winning formulation endorsed by the Skin Cancer Foundation.  This brush delivers zinc-based sunscreen powder as a sheer film that works on skin that already has sunscreen or makeup applied.  It is great for the stands, Turf club, and even beyond.

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An elegant and compact brush system, Sunforgettable packs a powerful punch against harmful UV rays

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Prep with a pill.  Heliocare, a popular supplement, classified as one of the newer popular "sunscreen pills" can be a potent and helpful supplement to good photoprotection.  Although not a substitute for good sunscreen habits, popping Heliocare prior to an afternoon of fun in the sun can work synergistically with sunscreen to increase your threshold of protection against UVA exposure.  Heliocare contains several agents to help against unwanted UV rays and is great for patients battling pigmentation such as melasma, or those with sensitivity to the sun.  Heliocare is a combination of potent antioxidants including the an extract of the fern plant Polypodium leucotomos, beta carotene, and green tea.  Taking Heliocare 1-2 hours before sun exposure can help to boost the effects of sunscreen.

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Heliocare supplement is consists of a combination of potent antioxidants including the polypodium leucotomos fern plant, beta carotene, and green tea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.  Seek shade.  A broad-brimmed derby hat is a great way to provide shade protection to your face.  The San Diego hat company makes UPF hats perfect for Opening Day.  Many styles are available at our local Beachwalk retail boutique Safarlou.  Escape to the Turf Club or the shady portions of the general admission stands to protect that glowing skin from the sun.  Check out the chic, stylish chapeaux offered by Safarlou in the YouTube video from the TV segment featuring Art of Skin MD below:

 

 

5.  Repair from the day of fun near the sun.  Feeling the burn from your fun in the sun?  Repair your skin using growth factors from the Neocutis line.  Neocutis' PSP exclusive human growth factor technology is featured in the Art of Skin MD favorite eye cream Lumiere Riche.  The Biocream and Biogel by Neocutis both contain the human growth factor to repair collagen and get your skin back on track.

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Neocutis line of skin products harnesses the collagen-repairing properties of growth factors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.  Red alert:  Red light for sunburn.  Made the unfortunate mistake of getting a sunburn at a day at the Races?  Have no fear, Art of Skin MD offers the Healite II, an innovative red diode light that decreases the inflammation and redness associated with sunburn.  Best of all, treatment is affordable and sometimes billable to insurance in the treatment of sunburn.  See the clip below to understand how Healite works as I explain on the recent CW6 TV segment:

 

 

Have a great time at the Races this year.  Be sun safe, and when in doubt about how best to protect your skin during the summer months in San Diego, contact Art of Skin MD through the Art of Skin MD contact page or by calling our qualified staff at (858) 792-7546.

 

 

 

 


Dec 27

Dermasweep – The Next Generation in Skin Care Infusions and Microdermabrasion

Art of Skin MD and our Aesthetician Services is proud to announce the arrival of DermaSweep.  DermaSweep is a closed-system microdermabrasion and skin infusion device.  In two steps, if first clears away dull, dead skin cells and secondly, adds back specifically chosen infusions to the skin to hydrate, and treat the skin.   DermaSweep is different from other microdermabrasion systems.  It does not use particles such as crystals.  As a result of the vacuum assist technology, upper layers of the skin are safely and painlessly removed, leaving glowing, fresh, and smooth skin in its place.  This is considered the "dry" portion of the DermaSweep treatment.   The second phase of DermaSweep treatment is the "wet" or "epi-infusion" treatment.  During this portion of DermaSweep, a specially selected infusion treatment (anti-acne, hydrating, anti-aging, antioxidant) is used to hydrate the skin, leaving the appearance silky smooth and skin glowing. A short video of the procedure from the Art of Skin MD YouTube station is featured below and narrated by Dr. Melanie Palm:       DermaSweep is highly effective as a complementary treatment for the following conditions: *Fine lines from early aging *Sun-damaged or photodamaged skin *Dull-appearing skin *Acne-prone skin *Hyperpigmenation and melasma *Enlarged pores   DermaSweep is an excellent complement to most facials provided through our Aesthetician Services.  DermaSweep works well in conjunction with laser treatment and photofacials.  Rosacea and sun damage treated with IPL can also be joined with a series of DermaSweep for total skin rejuvenation.  Pigment-targeting DermaSweep infusions can complement melasma treatments such as the Spectra laser.  Hydrating infusions from DermaSweep can follow skin treated by photodynamic therapy (for precancerous skin lesion treatment) or fractionated laser skin resurfacing.   Contact the staff at Art of Skin MD or call (858) 792-SKIN (7546) to find out more about DermaSweep and incorporating this innovative procedure into your skin care regimen.    

Dec 19

Cold Weather Skin Tips – Eczema Treatment that Works!

The recent record-breaking cold weather that San Diego has been experiencing this Fall and Winter has led to a slew of skin-related rashes and conditions through our dermatology doors.  Here Dr. Palm shares some tips on how to identify if you are vulnerable to dry skin and eczema, and how to best safeguard your skin against harsh weather elements.   Here are some tell-tale signs that your skin is deprived of much needed moisture.  This leaves hands dry and even predisposed to irritating skin conditions like eczema (aka atopic dermatitis).  Affected skin often has the following symptoms:
  1. Itch
  2. Flaking
  3. Scaly
  4. Red itchy patches (eczema)
  5. People predisposed to dry skin often have a condition called "ichthyosis vulgaris."  Patients with this condition often have dry patches on the shins that resemble fish scales, which is how the condition derives its name (ichthy= fish-like).  An easy way to screen yourself is check the palms of your hands.  Patients with ichthyosis vulgaris have many more skin markings and stripes on their palms than those that are unaffected.
  Tips for winter-proofing skin:
  1. Moisturize often using specialized products.
    1. Ceramide containing products such Cerave and Cetaphil Restoraderm are especially helpful.  Ceramides are cholesterol-derived fats that normally moisturize our skin but are in short supply when skin is irritated and dry.
    2. Moisturize after hand washing
    3. Consider use of white cotton gloves at night after moisturizing in severe cases
    4. Temper the temperature of your shower
      1. Use more tepid water and moisturize after your shower or bath to seal in moisture
      2. Colloidal oatmeal added to bath water sooths dry irritated skin (Aveeno is a great brand)
      3. Use of heaters decrease air humidity.  Consider a humidifier or add plants which diffuse water into the air
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        Flowers and plants help combat low humidity levels indoors

      1. Consider decreasing frequency of topical acne or anti-aging regimens if irritation occurs
      2. Consult with professional expertise if condition worsens.  Call the staff of Art of Skin MD to schedule an appointment with Dr. Melanie Palm.Art of Skin MD skin care center