Question: I have little thin red lines on the left side of my face. I know that you have said it can be a broken blood vessel called spider veins, but since I’ve spent so much time in the sun, I wonder if it could be skin cancer.
Answer: Little red lines are the face are usually small broken or swollen blood vessels. They can be causes by high blood pressure, excess alcohol consumption or too much sun. A blow to the face from a fall or even too aggressive massage can also trigger their appearance. But if you are concerned about skin cancer, I would definately have it evaluated by a dermatologist. In fact, according to New York City dermatologist and skin cancer expert Dr Ellen Marmur, we all should have a complete “skin check” every year. After a summer in the sun, early … Continue Reading… →
Along with Stonehenge and the ingredients of McDonalds special sauce, one of the great mysteries of life is how I can get a sunburn on my back and chest when I’m wearing a tee shirt. Turns out that a plain white tee offers only an SPF5– and which drops to SPF2 when wet. This year I decided to try out sun-protective clothing to enjoy the sunshine without the burn.
My first outfit delivered on its promise. I felt cooler and did not develop even the slightest redness during a sunny all day hike in the Hudson Valley. And my Tilley hat that was fortified with insect repellant was so effective I wore it long into evening as I grilled chicken and corn for a dinner with friends. But the … Continue Reading… →