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Dr. Michael Huether

I didn’t know that was sun damage!

I didn’t know that was sun damage!

Many of the skin changes that we see in our older friends, relatives and ourselves are not related to aging, but in fact, they are due to long term sun exposure.

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Dr. Michael Huether

Sun Protection: Fact and Fiction

Sun Protection: Fact and Fiction

Sun protection should be a part of everyone’s daily routine particularly as the summer arrives. Regardless whether it is cloudy or sunny, cold or warm, ultraviolet radiation damages the skin causing wrinkles, pigmentation, aging and skin cancer. Sunscreen is an important part of an overall sun protection plan but that plan should also include sun avoidance, sun protective clothing, hats, sun glasses and seeking shade. Please view our UV facts page to learn more about sun safety tips. There are several misconceptions about sun protection that are important to clear up so that you can do your best to take care of...

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Dr. Michael Huether

Don’t forget your hat!

Don’t forget your hat!

We are all used to dermatologists talking endlessly about sunscreen. I’m sure everyone got that memo! However, an equally important part of a sun protection plan is a hat, but you don’t hear as much about hats. Don’t get me wrong. Sunscreen is important. It should be part of everyone’s daily routine, but hats are an additional way to keep the damaging effects of the sun from causing premature aging, precancers and skin cancers. When used with sunscreen, hats are a perfect way to reduce even further the impact of the sun on the face, ears, neck and scalp where...

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Dr. Michael Huether

What’s the big deal with tanning?

What’s the big deal with tanning?

If it seems like dermatologists keep ranting about why people shouldn’t tan, it’s true. They actually are ranting. Okay, getting a sun burn is really, really bad, but getting a tan is bad as well. There is a misconception that tanning is fine as long as one doesn’t burn. This just isn’t true. Tanning is the skin’s response to UV injury, an attempt to shield itself from the damage inflicted by UV light. When UV light hits the skin it is responsible for: Damaging skin cell DNA that leads to cancer Suppressing the skin’s immune system making it harder for...

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