Monthly Archives: June 2011

How to manage age spots with glycolic acid skin care

Your doctor may call them “wisdom spots,” but they typically are caused by the cumulative effects of ultraviolet radiation from sunlight after years of exposure. Age spots start small and grow larger with time, but often they seem to appear overnight!

For prevention, it’s important to use a good broad spectrum sunblock with UVA/UVB protection and an SPF of 15 or better. Cleansing and moisturizing your skin is also recommended to delay the onset of age spots.

To help eliminate existing age spots, use a good glycolic cleanser (10% strength is best) at least 2-3 times per week for skin exfoliation. Usually, the 10% glycolic acid strength is gentle enough to use every day and you can adjust the frequency to suit your tolerance.

Remember, patience is required!  The glycolic acid will reduce or even eliminate your age spots, but a dedicated skin care routine and sufficient time is needed.

The importance of skin care and healthy skin

Your skin is one of the most visible but least appreciated organs in your body. Your skin provides a highly effective shield against the elements and is surprisingly complex and active. For example, did you know that one square inch of your skin contains more than 16 feet of blood vessels, 12 feet of nerve fibers, almost 700 sweat glands and more than 1,000 nerve endings? You may be surprised to learn that your skin contains from 1/2 to 2/3 of all the blood in your body! Half of the cells of your immune system are located in your skin. In addition to protecting your body from the  elements, your skin is also your body’s primary temperature regulator.

Your skin does a very good job of protecting itself. However, as we age, the effect of accumulated sun exposure, harsh soaps, air pollution, and stress can make your skin begin to lose not only its effectiveness, but also its youthful appearance. There are many potent wrinkle reducing and skin smoothing products on the market. The best products use either peptides, retinol, or glycolic acid to stimulate the production of more collagen, which supports healthy skin and gives it firmness.

Just as important as taking steps to reverse skin damage is to prevent new stresses on your skin. We recommend using all-natural and organic bath and body products that contain no sulfates.

FDA Issues Standards For Sunscreen Labeling

On June 14, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published its new standards for sunscreen labels.  The move is the result of years of confusion about what all the different descriptions really mean and what features offer the best protection against sunburn and ultimately, skin cancer.

FDA’s new regulations define the standard for the new “broad spectrum” coverage – sunscreens with this description on the label must pass the agency’s test for both Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Also, to be able to make the statement that the product can help prevent sunburn and reduce skin cancer risk, it must have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15.

Mango Madness Skin Care’s Protect Me™ sunblock features titanium dioxide, which provides Broad Spectrum sunburn shielding against UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of 30, and is also water-resistant.

Summertime Skin Protection – Sun Screens

Officially, summertime does not begin until June 21st; however, schools are out, families are on vacation, beaches are jammed and the sun is hot and bright.  Because June 21st is the longest day of the year (with the most hours of sunlight), your body can receive just as much solar radiation during the two months preceding this date (late April to late June) as in the traditional Summer days during the two months following June 21st (late June to late August).

The lesson from all this: wear your broad spectrum sun screen whenever you will be going outdoors.  Seasons aside, you should wear a good UVA/UVB sunblock always, since the effects of sunlight are cumulative on your skin – and cause 80 percent of aging of the skin. The best sunblocks will contain micronized titanium dioxide. This ingredient reflects and blocks the sun’s rays from reaching your skin.

What to do about Age Spots on your Skin, Hands, Face, Chest

Age spots, also known as liver spots or sun spots, are known to dermatologists as “solar lentigo,” or more lightheartedly, “wisdom spots.” As the medical name implies, they are caused by years of accumulation of sunlight exposure.  These spots can appear anywhere on your body that has had a lot of sun exposure, typically on the face, shoulders, arms, chest, hands, and neck.

Age spots are flat, round, dark, and much larger than a common freckle. As a cautionary note, while they are benign and pose no skin cancer risk, it is important to distinguish them from skin cancer, which will be dark spots showing irregular edges or uneven color, and change in appearance. Talk to your dermatologist if you have any suspicions.

How do you get rid of age spots? Your dermatologist can remove them with a laser treatment or by freezing them. If you want a less radical approach, try exfoliating your skin with a paraben-free exfoliator.  This process will yield results over time.

Finally, to help prevent more age spots, be sure to use a daily UVA/UVB sunblock with a SPF of at least 15.