Tracy Beswick, MD
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Tulsa, OK 74135
Why are people with vitiligo more likely to develop skin cancer?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredPeople with vitiligo may be more at risk for skin cancer if they receive certain treatments for this condition. Vitiligo causes the body to lose pigment, which is the substance that gives skin its natural color. Doctors may treat vitiligo with a combination of the drug psoralen and light therapy. This combination may increase the risk for skin cancer. A dermatologist can help you to understand the benefits and risks of all treatments for vitiligo.
What are the different types of UV rays?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredThe sun acts sort of like one of those machines that shoots out tennis balls. But the sun's tennis balls come in the form of ultraviolet rays that are torpedoed down to earth. The rays that are constantly being played into your court are the UVA rays and the UVB rays. Now, you have a choice: get pummeled by the rays, or block them so that they bounce off of you.
Even though UVB rays are stopped at the level of the skin, they can still cause burning and cancer of the skin, although they cause tanning as well. Meanwhile, UVA rays deeply penetrate the skin to cause burns, wrinkles, and skin cancer.
It could be worse. Luckily, the most dangerous UV rays—UVC rays—are blocked by the atmosphere (like tennis balls being hit into the net before they reach you), so they have little effect on you.
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Does moisturizer make acne worse?
Your skin still needs moisture. Even oily skin needs moisture. Acne meds are often very drying, so you may need more moisturizer, not less, when you are fighting breakouts. Otherwise, the over-dryness may trigger inflammation, then you’re back where you started: dealing with more acne. Just be sure to buy a formula that’s nonacnegenic (look for the term noncomedogenic). For all practical purposes, if it’s labeled oil free, you’re okay, too.
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