Monthly Archives: April 2013

I’m Not Blushing, It’s Just My Rosacea!

Blog Image final jpegRosacea is a common skin disorder that affects millions of Americans daily. It frequently begins as flushing, or flushing easily, then develops into a persistent redness on the nose, cheeks, and chin. Rosacea tends to appear as tiny blood vessels, small red bumps, or pus filled “pustules”. Many people mistake these bumps for acne, but unlike acne, blackheads do not develop. Rosacea can also affect the eyes causing them to be dry, burn, and have a gritty feeling.

There are many things that can cause rosacea to flare: foods, drinks, stress, and temperature are just a few. Here are some tips on avoiding these flare-ups:

  • Learn the foods and drinks that cause your face to flush
    • Caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods
  • Protect your face from extreme temperatures
    • Heat and cold
    • Windy conditions
  • Protect your skin from the sun
    • SPF +30 with either Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide (or both!)
    • Wide brim hats
  • Avoid overly rubbing, scrubbing, or exfoliating
  • Try to avoid getting hairspray on the face

There are many modalities of treatment: creams, oral medications, laser treatments, or even becoming involved in clinical trials.

Priori graphic jpegCertain product lines such as Revale really help to cut down on the inflammation and bumps. Also, Priori is a makeup line we just started carrying that uses Coffeeberry extract to help decrease redness and inflammation, as well as give you a good dose of antioxidants. This makeup has excellent coverage and a great sunscreen which is crucial in rosacea prone skin.

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If you want more information on rosacea or would like to know your treatment options, call us! This is Key!

 

Take Pride In Your Profession!

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Today I am going to be steering off the usual course of topics; away from the eczema and the warts. This week I am going to fill you guys in ARAPA, or the Arkansas Academy of Physician Assistants. This past weekend I attended the ARAPA continuing education conference in Little Rock. It was a great experience full of educational topics, round table discussions, and networking.

So you are now asking yourself, “Why should I care about this organization?”  Well, here is your answer.

ARAPA is the Arkansas chapter of physician assistants. This group is pushing the “hard topics” and legislation necessary for us as PAs to do our jobs. It’s really easy to get in your car every morning and go to work. Who allows us as PAs to do this? ARAPA. ARAPA members make sure our voices are heard in state board meetings. ARAPA was the entity that pushed for an increase in the physician-to-PA ratio to 1 physician per 3 PAs, and also the ones currently pushing to amend the “60 minute rule”- the rule stating that our supervising physician must be within 60 minutes of where we are practicing.

So you are still asking yourself, “What does this have to do to me?” And without further ado, your answer: as the increase of PAs continues in our state, you as the patient have a direct benefit in many different aspects. The most important being, the more practitioners there may be in an area, the easier and quicker it is for you to get into our offices – thus, the more happy faces we get in return! ARAPA is making our job as PAs easy. All we have to do is get in our car and show up for work.

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So this blog post is to give a “shout out” to ARAPA and their hard work. The other important part of this is to urge PAs in my state to join ARAPA. By being a member of ARAPA, you are directly contributing to the future of our profession.

Take pride in your profession! No matter what your job may be, get involved. Your involvement makes a difference! This is Key…

 

 

*Disclosure: Yes, I am the current President Elect of ARAPA. No, I am not doing this as a pat on my own back (I just got elected.)

 

Shellac is Whack?!? But, I Love It So!

Blog Image final jpegI am the first to admit that the recent shellac manicure trend has been a favorite of mine. Who doesn’t want their $40 manciure to last longer than a week? But earlier this month, Dr. Chris Adigun from NYU School of Medicine warned that the “rising fad of replacing traditional nail polish with quick-hardening gel may result in skin cancer” of the hands. The shellac nail polish uses UV light to cure the gel, thus making the nails seem stronger and the polish less likely to peel or chip. Shellac, or gel manicures, are fine when used in moderation. One step to decrease the UV exposure to your hands is to wear sunscreen on your hands before going under the UV lamp.

Another concern with shellac manicures is the amount/dose of UV light one person may be acquiring because the lamps are not regulated. The UV lamps are not to be confused with LED lamps that are popular in nail salons for drying nails. LED lamps are safe because they do not emit UV rays. Shellac pic jpeg

The last concern with gel manicures is that the durability which makes these so popular is actually concealing nail brittleness, thinning, or cracking, making matters worse once the shellac polish is removed.

So even though this polish lasts longer, the effects such as premature aging, wrinkles, and the increased risk of skin cancer can also be long lasting. This is Key!!

 

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NJ Bans Minors From Tanning Beds

 

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From the Dermatology Times®:

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law a bill that prohibits minors under age 17 from using indoor tanning facilities, and bars minors under age 14 from using spray tanning procedures.

Assembly Bill 2142 requires minors over age 17 to bring a parent or guardian to tanning facilities for a consultation if the minor wants to tan. In a statement, Gov. Christie said the legislation was the result of an incident in which a parent brought a child into a tanning facility.  The tanning salon that allowed the child inside was fined.

“Confidence in the current laws, rather than a rush to add new and perhaps unnecessary provisions, would have seemed the appropriate legislative response,” Gov. Christie stated. “Nonetheless, I sign this bill because of the documented and well-understood risks associated with misuse of indoor tanning systems.”

The American Academy of Dermatology praised the bill’s passage.  “Through national media coverage and reality television, attention has been drawn to the use of indoor tanning devices in New Jersey,” Dirk Elston, M.D., AAD president, said in a news release.  “This legislation highlights an important step in changing unhealthy behaviors and sends a strong message from the state that tanning is a dangerous behavior and should be avoided.”

New Jersey’s new law goes into effect Oct. 1.

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The risks associated with UV exposure, including that from tanning beds, are well documented.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has assigned tanning beds to its highest cancer risk category: “carcinogenic to humans.”  Do you think Arkansas should adopt the same legislation?  Share your comments with us below.

Brilliant Distinctions = Brilliant Idea!

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For those of you who are not familiar with the Brilliant Distinctions rewards program, this is an easy way for patients who use Botox cosmetic, Juvederm, Latisse, SkinMedica, and Vivite products to earn money off their next treatment. Not only that, now Allergan, the makers of Botox, are offering the Brilliant Distinctions Mall which allows patients to earn points with every online purchase from over 30,000 popular retailers- like Gap, Ann Taylor, and Best Buy. Points from these online purchases can then be used for cosmetic treatments.  This will be a fantastic program to utilize especially around the holidays! Brilliant distinctions jpeg

 

Be sure to ask your healthcare provider about Brilliant Distinctions and start saving today! Who knew that shopping could be so fun, and flattering!

 

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latisse_comparison_1Available only through a doctor, LATISSE® is a once-daily prescription treatment applied to the base of the upper eyelashes with a sterile, single-use-per-eye disposable applicator. LATISSE® users can expect to experience longer, fuller and darker eyelashes in as little as eight weeks, with full results in 16 weeks.  To maximize and maintain your results, just keep using LATISSE®.

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