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Sun Safety: Protecting Your Skin

Sunscreen vs Sunblock – The weather can be misleading and, despite the lower than normal temperatures this year, you should always remember UV is present even when it is cloudy and cold. Many weather forecasts provide a UV index which is an indicator to the level of UV penetration. There are two kinds of UV, UV-A and UV-B. All sunscreens protect against UV-B, however they don’t all protect against UV-A. Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen that is at least SPF 15 is recommended whenever you will be outside. Sunscreens do not provide immediate protection and should be applied 30 minutes before … Continue reading

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Gynecomastia: Causes & Treatments

What is Gynecomastia and what causes it? Gynecomastia is swelling of the breast tissue in both boys and men. Gynecomastia is caused by an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone. More specifically a decrease in the amount of the hormone testosterone compared with estrogen. Infants, boys going through puberty, and older men can develop gynecomastia simply as a result of the normal changes occurring in hormone levels, although some other causes do exist. Gynecomastia affects one or both breasts and sometimes unevenly. In general, gynecomastia is not a serious condition but the embarrassment or pain in their breasts might … Continue reading

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Sunless Tanning: How to avoid UV damage from the Memphis sun

  Sunless tanning products have been around since the 1960s. Even those of us not old enough to remember, we╩╝ve probably seen comedic parody of the tanning products from back then that left people with an odd orange glow. The technology has come a long way since then and many new techniques have been developed. When looking for a sunless tanning product, what should you look for? Dihydroxyacetone, or DHA, is considered the most effective sun-free tanning additive. DHA is a nontoxic ingredient that causes a chemical reaction with the amino acids in the dead surface skin layer. The result … Continue reading

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