In mid June, 2011, the FDA announced new Sunscreen guidelines. For years, there has been concern amongst the dermatology community that previous sunscreen claims were leading to a false sense of security for the consumer. Starting in 2012, Sunscreen labels will only go to a SPF of 50 and will be labeled as "broad spectrum" if they protect against both UVA and UVB rays. There will be labels for "water resistent" which will indicate that product has been tested after 40 or 80 minutes in the water. The3r There There will no longer be waterproof, sweatproof or sunblock labels. At this point in time, there are still investigations into the safety of the spray forms of sunscreen and investigations evaluating the safety of a couple of specific ingredients. You can read more about the new guidelines at www.fda.gov/sunscreens. Remember to avoid sun expsore during the middle of the day and always be sure to wear a wide brimmed hat and sun protective clothing.
A red and hot face might be a sign of Rosacea. April is National Rosacea Awareness month. There are many triggers to Rosacea including warm temperatures, sun, spicy foods, alcohol and stress. It is primarliy a genetic condition that worsens over time. If you think you might have Rosacea, do your best to avoid the triggers and see your physician to see if you are a candidate for perscription creams or maybe even laser treatments. There is no cure for Rosacea but some of these treatments may help minimize the red color and flushing sensation.
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