A Message From Dr. Pokorny Of Carolina Coastal Plastic Surgery
“There are a lot of sunscreen options on the market today, but as a physician, what is most alarming is that the number of skin cancers occurring each year is actually increasing. This suggests that not all sunscreens are effective at reducing the risk of skin cancer.
There is no doubt that Zinc provides the most protection against both UVA and UVB radiation. Zinc is a physical barrier to the sun’s radiation and, like a layer of clothing, actually blocks sunlight from coming in contact with the skin.
Zinc is the primary ingredient in BANXblock, making it a high quality, best natural sunscreen. BANXblock uses Beeswax as its primary emulsifier, making the product both water resistant and non-comedogenic. This makes the sunscreen ideal for individuals with sensitive skin and with a history of outbreaks associated with sunscreen use.
BANXblock is the best natural sunscreen choice because it is all natural, water-resistant, non-comedogenic and a physical barrier to the sun’s radiation, blocking the radiation associated with sunburns and skin cancer.”
–Jeff Pokorny, MD
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Stick to the new generation of sheer, chemical-free, unscented zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide products. Most sunscreens contain ingredients that can cause stinging, clogging, sensitivity and allergic reactions on sensitive skin. High levels of chemical sunscreen ingredients and fragrances have more potential to cause rashes and irritate the skin, especially in your eye area on allergy sufferers due to tearing and rubbing, and when using topical or systemic retinoids, including tretinoin, adapalene, tazaroten, retinyl propionate, retinol and isotretinoin. Again, not on the BANXblock label.
Sun-sensitivity leads to worsening pigmentation problems, especially on people of color and women who are pregnant, taking hormones or using hormone-containing devices. Many people are naturally sun-sensitive and already recognize the fact that they can’t tolerate the sun. Only five minutes in the sun for a photo-sensitive person can be as hard-hitting and damaging as three hours for someone else.
Cloudy Doesn’t Mean Safe
Don’t be tricked by clouds and overcast skies
That glare that causes you to squint on overcast days just confirms the presence of longer UVA rays. It’s these rays that penetrate the cloud layer and car windows, and cause dark eye areas, uneven and blotchy skin, excessive moles and freckles and skin cancers. Even brief sun exposure can cause a rough, swollen itchy rash (called photo-dermatitis) if you are naturally sensitive to sun, suffer from an auto-immune disease or take one or more sun-sensitizing medications.
Sunscreens combine ingredients that help prevent the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching the skin. Two types of ultraviolet radiation, UVA and UVB, damage the skin, age it prematurely, and increase your risk of skin cancer.
Exposure to UVB rays has an immediate harmful effect (within 60 seconds) to the skin.
Broad spectrum, (i.e. BANXBlock), protects you from UVA and UVB rays. UVAs are the culprits of aging and skin cancer, while UVBs are the ones that lead to sunburn. So make sure you buy a product with broad-spectrum protection, and make sure the label says so.
UVB is the chief culprit behind sunburn, while UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply and are associated with wrinkles, leathering, sagging, and other light-induced effects of aging (photoaging). You don’t feel or notice UVA exposure but these rays can exacerbate the carcinogenic effects of UVB rays, and are increasingly a cause of skin cancer on their own.
What Does SPF Mean
We have all heard SPF before but what does it stand for or really mean for that matter?…SPF stands for ‘Sun Protection Factor.” OK then. What does that mean? Well, theoretically, the higher the SPF number on sunscreen, the more protection you have, or the longer you can stay in the sun without burning. That is definitely a theory. Reality is kind of different.
For example, a sunscreen with an SPF of 60 should let a person who normally burns within 10 minutes now enjoy 600 minutes. That is almost 10 hours in the sunshine without any damage, right? Well, most of us would be burned to a crisp if we stayed out in the sun that long without reapplying sunscreen. According to the new FDA (another acronym, sorry) regulations, any SPF number over 40 does not protect any better. So, that is why BANXblock is SPF 40. We don’t offer sunscreens less than SPF 40 because we believe that we should always have full sunscreen protection so that you are providing the maximum care for your skin, both short and long term.
The moral of the story is that the SPF number does not go up exponentially, meaning you have to reapply often for it to work.
It is best to keep in mind that the SPF level of a sunscreen lotion indicates how long the sunscreen will remain effective, not how strong the sunscreen is. It is also important to know that SPF sunscreen numbers indicate sunburn protection from UVB rays only. There is not a rating system for UVA.