2013 September

Can Sunscreen Actually Burn You?

Most people wear sunscreen to protect themselves from getting burned. Well, according to the FDA, there have been “five separate incidents in which people wearing sunscreen spray near sources of flame suffered significant burns that required medical attention.”The FDA says that while sunscreen wearers should never apply sunscreen near an open flame, in these five cases the burns occurred after sunscreen spray had already been applied. Ignition sources varied from lighting a cigarette to standing too close to a citronella candle, and approaching a barbecue grill.
According to an ABC news story, “warning labels on popular brands such as Banana Boat tend to be general, saying, ‘Flammable: do not use near heat, flame.’ A previous release from Energizer Holdings Inc., which owns Banana Boat, announced the voluntary market recall of the continuous spray Banana Boat sun care products due to a potential risk of product igniting on the skin if contact is made with a source of ignition before the product is completely dry.”
At ESD, we think that the only thing you should worry about getting burned by is the sun, not your sunscreen! To learn more about great sun protection products that we love and endorse, OR to schedule an appointment with our board certified dermatologists, visit our website at or give us a call at 614-863-3222.


How Does Alcohol REALLY Affect Your Skin?

Sure, sipping a cocktail on the beach or on your favorite rooftop sounds pretty much like a dream come true, but do you ever stop to think about what effects alcohol has on your skin?

Well, they are pretty similar to the effects that alcohol has on the rest of your body. It makes you dehydrated, dry, bloated, and even causes redness. When skin is dry, it’s much more likely to wrinkle and make you look older than you actually are.

According to an article on, “Alcohol also robs your body of Vitamin A, which is essential for cell renewal and turnover, so your skin could take on a dull gray appearance. Staying hydrated will obviously have the opposite effects: smoothing out wrinkles, leaving your skin looking bright, young, and fresh. Drinking water is the only way to combat the drying effects of alcohol, hydrating from within.”

Not only will drinking alcohol have negative effects on your skin, your hair can also be negatively affected too. Of course, we’re not telling you to give up your daily glass of wine or your nights on the town with your friends. As with everything, however, moderation is key.

Do you have other questions about how alcohol or other substances affect your skin? Give us a call at 614-515-5588 and we’ll schedule an appointment for you to come in and talk to one of our dermatologists. To stay up-to-date on everything happening at Eastside Dermatology, visit our website at


Our Locations

Two convenient locations to better serve you:

150 Taylor Station Rd. Suite 250
Ohio 43213

4617 Leap Ct.,
Ohio 43026

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At Eastside Dermatology, Dr. Alan Parks and his entire team are dedicated to providing the highest quality cosmetic and surgical skin care for their Columbus and Hilliard, Ohio-area patients.

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