Summer 2019 Newsletter

Sunscreen Controversy
Recently more patients have been bringing up the topic of, “Is sunscreen safe?” The answer is, “YES! Safe and strongly recommended!”

But why are they asking now? In the USA, sunscreens are classified as an over-the-counter drug, and thus regulated by the FDA. Recently, the FDA asked the sunscreen manufacturer’s to give them more data on some chemical sunscreens, but the FDA still recommends that people apply sunscreen. Some media have a strange way of twisting the facts to sensationalize their stories.

No controversy exists around the zinc oxide and titanium dioxide sunscreens, also referred to as barrier or mineral sunscreens. They are “GRASE” meaning generally regarded as safe and effective. In addition, places with coral reefs approve of the zinc and titanium sunscreens, in that they won’t harm the reefs.

The controversy is over the chemical sunscreens: oxybenzone, avobenzone, ocisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. What is the controversy? The FDA just wants more data on these chemicals. No one has said that they aren’t safe and to stop using them. So what if they can be found in your blood? I’d rather have sunscreen in my blood than melanoma cells in my blood.

Please, to reduce skin cancer and aging skin, please seek shade, wear a hat and apply sunscreen on a regular basis. Oregon and Washington are among the top five states in the country regarding number of skin cancers diagnosed and treated.

Coming Soon
We will soon be able to accept payments for medical visits via our website portal. It is being set up now. Details will be in our next newsletter.

Special Offers
August 22, 2019 – Botox Bonanza Day ($10/unit with Alicia or Jamie)
September 19, 2019 – Cool Event – get 15% off & maybe win a prize
October – Sculptra is 15% off with Dr. Klein, scheduling now and Botox is $40 off (with a 20U minimum with Alicia or Jamie)

Effective Treatment for Cold Sores
Cold sores, also called fever blisters, are a common viral infection caused by the herpes virus (HSV). For those of you that haven’t heard, there is a very effective Rx pill for people who have this problem called Valtrex, sometimes referred to as the blue horse pill. Summertime is a common time for these to flare, triggered by the sun. Cold sores are also triggered by stress. At the first sign of tingling/itching called the prodrome phase, if one takes the Valtrex, the blisters might not even surface. Only four pills need be taken for the entire treatment. There are all sorts of over the counter treatments, but Valtrex works the best and is completely safe. If you have been in the office in the last 12 months, just give us a call and we can send a Rx to the pharmacy for you. If you haven’t been seen in the office this year, call to make an appointment. Don’t let these outbreaks bring down your summertime enjoyment.

General Skin Care Tips Link

Protect your skin,

Marla M. Klein, M.D.

Klein Dermatology & Associates


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