Medesthetics

JUL-AUG 2017

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4 JULY/AUGUST 2017 | Med Esthetics EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD ihansen@creativeage.com • 603.354.3291 Summer is in full swing, and I hope everyone is getting a chance to enjoy their favorite outdoor activities with friends and family. As aes- thetic professionals, you are aware of the damaging role overexpo- sure to ultraviolet rays plays in skin aging and long-term skin health. Unfortunately, a rash of news stories published this May questioning the safety of sunscreens that include chemical fi lters has created confusion among consumers. In response, the American Academy of Dermatology issued the following statement: The American Academy of Dermatology wants to emphasize that sunscreen remains a safe, effective form of sun protection. As one component of a daily sun-protection strat- egy, sunscreen is an important tool in the fi ght against skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Current scientifi c data does not support claims that sunscreen ingredients are toxic or a hazard to human health. Rather, evidence supports the benefi ts of applying sunscreen to minimize short- and long-term damage to the skin from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays. Sunscreen products contain one or more active drug ingredients—compounds that absorb, scatter or refl ect UV light—and are regulated as over-the-counter drugs by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has several safety and effectiveness regulations in place that govern the manufacture and marketing of all sunscreen products, including safety data on its ingredients. To reduce the risk of skin cancer and premature aging, dermatologists continue to recommend generously applying a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen—that pro- tects against both types of ultraviolet radiation (UVA and UVB)—with an SPF 30 or higher, in conjunction with other sun-safe practices such as limiting sun exposure, seeking shade, and wearing sun-protective clothing, hats and sunglasses. When stories like these appear in the mainstream, they provide a valuable opportunity for skincare professionals to educate their patients and clients on the most effective ways to protect and maintain their skin health. This includes helping them fi nd the right sun protection products (and ingredients) for their unique skin types, concerns and lifestyles. In some cases, practices are supporting the use of homecare and sun protection products by offering their patients the convenience of online ordering. If you are thinking of adding online retail sales to your practice website, turn to page 40 (Adding e-Commerce) to learn more about the costs and considerations required to launch a successful site. Topical products and sun avoidance are also key to helping patients achieve optimal outcomes in laser skin resurfacing, but which pretreatment ingredients are most effective? On page 46 (Prepping the Canvas), physicians discuss what we know (and what we don't) about the benefi ts of preprocedure skin care. Wishing you all a happy and sun safe summer! Expert Advice Inga Hansen Executive Editor/Associate Publisher EDITOR'S NOTE Mary Lee Amerian, MD Medical Director, Santa Monica Laser and Skin Care Center, Santa Monica, CA Bruce Katz, MD Director, Juva Skin & Laser Center, Clinical Professor of Dermatology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City Joel L. Cohen, MD Director, AboutSkin Dermatology and DermSurgery, CO Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology, University of Colorado, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology, University of California - Irvine Michael H. Gold, MD Founder, Gold Skin Center, Assistant Clinical Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nashville, TN Mitchel P. Goldman, MD Medical Director, West Dermatology, Volunteer Clinical Professor of Dermatology, University of California - San Diego Jeannette Graf, MD Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY Lorrie Klein, MD Founder, OC Dermatology & Euro Day Spa, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology, University of California - Irvine Vic Narurkar, MD Founder, Bay Area Laser Institute, Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology, UC Davis Medical School, Chief of Dermatology, California Pacifi c Medical Center, San Francisco Hema Sundaram, MD Director, Sundaram Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery Center Rockville, MD Alex R. Thiersch, JD Founder and Director, American Med Spa Association (AmSpa), Partner, ByrdAdatto Law Firm Chicago Wm. Philip Werschler, MD Director, Spokane Dermatology Clinic and Werschler Aesthetics, Spokane, WA

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