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By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd.
June 15, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: sunscreen  

When it comes to protecting skin from the sun, frequency is the first thing to consider. “Sunscreen isn’t glue. It’s not going to stay on sunscreenforever,” said Dr. Jeffrey Berti, a Hinsdale dermatologist with offices in Willowbrook and South Barrington, IL. "While it’s important to protect skin every day of the year, sunscreen and hydration become even more vital in summer, when the skin is more exposed to potentially damaging elements," Dr. Berti said. But a trip to the store to pick up a bottle of sunscreen or moisturizer isn’t as simple as it might seem.

“There are hundreds, maybe thousands of choices out there,” Dr. Berti said. Products vary in form, thickness, scent, and of course, sun protection. A product’s sun protection factor, or SPF, measures its ability to block the sun’s harmful rays. The SPF can range from 2 to beyond 100, with higher numbers often correlating with higher prices. But there’s little reason to invest in a lotion with a high SPF. A product with an SPF of 15 blocks 93 percent of harmful rays. One with a 30 SPF blocks 97 percent.

The newest products on the sunscreen market boast a low viscosity rather than a high SPF. “Ultralight products are about as thin as water,” Dr. Berti said, and feel more comfortable to many people than the thick, sticky sunscreens of previous summers. Ultralight products don’t clog pores like other sunscreens and are especially good for people who tend to break out. Many of these ultralight products are available in spray form. And while the products are effective, they must be used properly to work correctly. You have to rub it in. You can miss a spot easily if you don’t. And because the products don’t stick like thicker lotions, they must be reapplied more frequently.

Second to summer sun protection is hydration.  Dr. Berti suggests hydrating from the inside by drinking plenty of water and from the outside with a moisture-rich lotion applied right after a bath or shower. When choosing a lotion, it’s suggested to read labels to find products that don’t have artificial colors, scents or other potentially irritating or harmful additives. “Chemical-free is the way to be,” he said. Chemicals in lotions and other products can and do seep into the body. “They go right through your skin and into your system,” Berti said.

The dermatologists at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery in Willowbrook and South Barrington, IL, Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Berti, provide various sunscreens for purchase at their office, La Roche-Posay as well as the Vanicream products.

Also of note, anyone who notices something new on their skin or something that isn’t healing should see a dermatologist, not only to rule out or catch potentially deadly skin cancer but to restore any damage that previous summers might have caused.

By By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd.
May 25, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer   sunscreen  

With summer approaching, it's only fitting that May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. With this in mind, our South Barrington and skin cancerWillowbrook, IL, dermatologists at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Romas Berti, want to ensure everyone takes some necessary precautions before hitting the beach and enjoying the sun during their vacations.

It's important to protect yourself while you have fun because of the overwhelming number of skin cancer cases expected to be diagnosed this summer. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “doctors will diagnose about 9,500 skin cancers a day in 2017.” While this statistic is shocking, the unfortunate truth is that many of these cases are avoidable.

To protect yourself and loved ones, your Willowbrook and South Barrington dermatologists have a few pointers and preventative measures you can take:

  • Try to avoid the sun when it is at its peak (hottest). This is usually around 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. One of the best ways to do so is to stand in the shade.
  • Keep most of your skin covered by wearing long pants or skirts, long-sleeved shirts, hats and other such clothing. This will reduce the number of sunburns you may get, which is imperative to safeguarding yourself against melanoma. The risk of developing melanoma can triple by getting sunburned just once every two years, and it can be fatal if the cancer is not treated in its early stages.
  • Apply an ounce of sunscreen about 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every 2 hours. It is also crucial that you use waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Examine yourself at home consistently for any changes in your skin, and, for a more thorough and professional examination, make sure you schedule an appointment with your dermatologist.

There is no doubt that the warm weather and cool activities are things you don’t want to miss out on this summer, but preventative measures and care are a must. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Drs. Jeffrey and Toula Berti, call either of their offices: Willowbrook, IL, (630) 321-0303; or South Barrington, IL, (847) 304-0303.



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