Is It Skin Cancer?

Q&A logoQuestion:  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…

Anti-Aging Clothing– Safe and Chic

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…