Tucson Lifestyle July 2013 : Page 5

Q Your Skinformation I play tennis all year round, and although I am diligent about using sunscreen, my skin still gets more tan in the summer. Should I take care of my skin differently in the summer months? Q A The summer sun is intense, so it’s often necessary to intensify your skincare efforts. We’re glad that you use your sunscreen regularly; make sure it provides broad-spectrum protection, and remember to reapply it. We recommend using an antioxidant, such as vitamin C, in the daytime to give you added defense against sun damage. If you are prone to uneven pigmentation on your face, use a skin lightener regularly to prevent problems. And it’s always helpful to wear a hat and protective clothing to shield your skin. $85 SkinCeuticals Pigment Regulator $32 Coola Spray Sunscreen A I am getting a lot of little wrinkles around my mouth. They make me look older, plus my lipstick bleeds into them, and it just looks messy. What do you do for this? Q $95 SkinMedica Vitamin C&E Complex There are several ways to help this. Excellent improvement is often achieved by using a laser such as the ActiveFX, which works very well for these lines and takes about one week to heal. If you don’t want recovery time, then consider having them filled with the newest, ultra-thin hyaluronic acid called Belotero. This can be done without creating obvious fullness of the lips, so that you look natural. In many cases, patients choose to do both types of treatments to maximize their results. A I have many brown, rough growths on my face and back. My doctor has checked them and told me that they are not skin cancer and I should not worry about them. I jokingly refer to them as my “barnacles,” but the truth is that they make me feel unattractive, and I would really like to get rid of them. Is this possible? Email your questions to: skinexperts@skinspectrum.com Jody Comstock, M.D. Tina Pai, M.D. Yes, this is one of the most commonly requested procedures in our practice. Almost all of us eventually develop these seborrheic keratoses, and sometimes in large numbers. Removing them is a fairly simple process, and typically does not leave a visible scar. SKIN Spectrum 520.797.8885 6127 N. La Cholla Blvd., Suite 101 www.skinspectrum.com

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