October 2014 Newsletter for Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte (DSC)

How to Care for Tattoos

Skin care plays an important role in keeping tattoos looking their best. This month, we share skin care tips that dermatologists give patients who want to keep their tattoos looking vibrant. You’ll also find a few other tips that can be helpful if you have a tattoo.

Caring for tattooed skin (1:53)

What Dermatologists Tell their Patients

When thinking about where you’d like to get a tattoo, choose skin without a mole. Covering a mole with tattoo ink can make it more difficult to see a change. Sometimes, a changing mole is a sign of melanoma. Detecting and treating melanoma early improves the outcome.

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Dermatology in the News

Wanted: Your eczema care tips
To help parents care for a child who has eczema, the Academy will publish a multimedia guide. We’re looking for inspiring tips from parents. Have you:

  • Found a certain treatment works for your child?
  • Discovered a creative way to overcome an eczema trigger?
  • Teamed up with a dermatologist and had great results?

Your insight could mean relief for many children living with eczema. Please take a few minutes to Share your child’s eczema story.

Do you still sweat when the temperature drops?
If you sweat when you’re not overheated, you could have a medical condition called hyperhidrosis. For some people, this is no big deal. If the sweating interferes with your everyday life, you may find it helpful to talk with a dermatologist. You can find out more about this condition and treatment options at hyperhidrosis.

Acne-prone skin needs gentle skin care
Many skin care practices that we think will help us see clearer skin can worsen acne. Scrubbing your skin clean is one example. The scrubbing can seriously irritate your skin. Any time you irritate your skin, acne can flare. Popping and squeezing blemishes also irritate the skin. To find skin care tips that dermatologists recommend for their patients with acne, go to Acne: Tips for managing.

Surgeon General Warns Of Skin Cancer Dangers
The AP (9/10, Demarco) reports that US Surgeon General Lushniak appeared at a New Mexico elementary school to warn about the dangers of skin cancer. He told the assembled students, “Kids, it’s 2014! We’ve learned so much! Tanned skin is damaged skin and what we’re trying to make sure you understand – and you teach the younger kids – is that you can protect yourself.”

UV video shows skin damage and how sunscreen works, dermatologist says
A video that has gone viral on the Internet in which a photographer used the ultraviolet spectrum to reveal sun damage on people’s skin is no gimmick, says dermatologist Debra Jaliman. The video then shows black markings on the faces after the subjects put on sunscreen. “The sunscreen is filtering the UV and blocking it so that the camera doesn’t work,” Jaliman said. Health.com (8/19)

Dermatologists see rising rate of dermatitis associated with nickel
Up to 20% of people are allergic to nickel, according to the CDC, and dermatologists are concerned about the use of nickel in decorative and handheld devices. Fitbit and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts are among the companies that have recalled products after consumers complained about contact dermatitis. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (8/20)

Review: Repeated UV exposure may raise melanoma risk for flight crews
Repeated, long-term exposure to ultraviolet radiation may put airline crews at higher risk for melanoma, according to a study in JAMA Dermatology. The researchers analyzed 19 previous studies involving more than 250,000 people and found twice the rate of melanoma in pilots and flight crews as in the general population. Flight crews and frequent airline passengers should get skin exams regularly and protect their skin, the researchers said. Reuters (9/3), National Public Radio/Shots blog (9/6)

Study: Pilots Face Double The Average Melanoma Risk
KYW-TV Philadelphia (9/3, Adkins) reports on a new study that finds an elevated risk of melanoma for pilots and other members of flight crews. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Dermatology, concludes that people in such occupations face double the melanoma risk of the general public. According to Dr. Jeffery Farma, Co-Director of the Cutaneous Oncology Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center, “This is an occupational hazard potentially that puts them at an increased risk just from where they’re working.” The study did not evaluate the risk to people who fly frequently for other reasons.

Study finds high skin cancer risk, low awareness among troops
A study presented at the recent World Congress on Cancers of the Skin found that military personnel are at higher risk for skin cancer than the general population due in part to deployment locations, but only 22% of service members polled said they were “very aware” of the risk. Moreover, nearly a third of those polled by the Skin Cancer Foundation said they have no access to sunscreen, and 62% said they had experienced a sunburn while deployed abroad. Modern Medicine/Dermatology Times (9/9)

Recalled tattoo inks and kits may still be available
If you’re thinking of getting a tattoo soon, you’ll definitely want to read this Consumer Update from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Some at-home tattoo kits and inks that professional tattoo artists use may be contaminated with bacteria, which can cause an infection. The manufacturer recalled the products, but some of these products may still be available.
This FDA Consumer Update can help you:

  • Identify inks and at-home tattoo kits that may be contaminated.
  • Recognize signs of infection.
  • Report side effects to the FDA.

Inks used in certain tattoo kits cause infections (Consumer Update).

“Look at us” campaign spotlights alopecia areata
The National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) wants to increase awareness of alopecia areata, an autoimmune condition that causes hair loss. This September, NAAF plans to raise awareness to “a whole new level.” You’ll find information about the “Look at us” awareness campaign along with ideas for raising awareness at  Alopecia Areata Awareness Month!
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Fillers, injectables work best when administered by skilled professionals
Different fillers and wrinkle relaxers “have different properties based on the size of the molecules and the manufacturing process,” and only a trained physician can accurately determine the right product and inject it correctly, dermatologic surgeon Doris Day says. “When it comes to cosmetic treatments it’s important not to cut corners or price shop. Find a dermatologist who gets it and can help you look like the very best version of yourself,” Day says. Beauty World News (8/17)

Concerns Raised Over Use Of Unapproved Cosmetic Filler
In an opinion piece for the Miami Herald (9/16), Dr. Leslie Baumann, a board-certified dermatologist, warns people against getting cosmetic filler injections that are not FDA approved, including one called Expression. Baumann, the “best-selling author” and CEO of Baumann Cosmetic & Research Institute in Miami, writes that the agency is scrutinizing the use of Expression. She points out that “some unscrupulous doctors” are using it “to fill wrinkles because it is cheaper and they make more money,” although it is not meant for injection into the skin. She warns that “side effects of improper Expression use include swelling, tenderness, firmness, lumps, bumps, bruising, pain, redness, discoloration, itching and the development of hard nodules.”

Feds seize beauty products
U.S. marshals recently seized mislabeled or unapproved products made by Flawless Beauty, including Relumins advanced glutathione kits and Tatiomax glutathione collagen whitening kits. Healio (free registration) (9/17)

Many “Medical” Spas Lack Proper Oversight
The Hampton Roads (VA) Virginian-Pilot (8/29, Simpson) reports on the growing trend of spas “tacking the word ‘medical’” onto their business’s name and “pitching invasive services,” often without “proper doctor oversight.” The paper writes that the trend is a result of a few factors, including “aging baby boomers, people looking for a cheaper alternative to plastic surgery and elective enhancements, and doctors looking for a way to replace shrinking insurance reimbursements.” Cases have begun to pop up, the latest of which occurring in Virginia when a Norfolk physician “received a state reprimand and a $5,000 fine” form the Virginia Board Of Medicine “for letting an unlicensed person use his prescription information to obtain medication for erectile dysfunction at a local medical spa.”

Tanning Beds Blamed For Rise In Skin Cancer In UK
The Manchester Evening News (UK) (9/3, Fitzgerald) warns readers about the dangers of skin cancer related to tanning bed use. According to a recent study conducted by Public Health England, “admissions for both non melanoma skin cancer and malignant melanoma rose ‘significantly’ from 87,685 in 2007 to 123,808 in 2011.” Experts blame indoor tanning for much of the increase.

The BBC News (9/3) reports on the “tsunami of skin cancer” happening in the United Kingdom.



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