We talk a lot about sunscreen here at Remove a Tattoo – laser tattoo removal clinic. That is because we don’t want anyone to underestimate the damaging effects of UV rays on skin, especially skin that is tattooed or undergoing laser tattoo removal. Keeping your skin protected from the sun year round is a great way to prevent premature aging, skin cancer and skin damage. It also keeps your skin from producing extra pigment that may work against laser treatments or fade existing tattoos.
So when we heard about a dietary supplement that claimed to protect skin in the same way that sunscreen does, we were skeptical and intrigued. It sounded too good to be true. How often do we simply forget to put sunscreen on or spend more time in the sun than intended? It would be much easier to take a daily pill, be assured we are protected and enjoy the sun worry-free.
There are a number of companies that are producing these supplements and promising skin protection. At the end of May, the FDA announced that it was cracking down on these products and issued warning letters to some of the companies. According to the FDA, there is no scientific evidence that these supplements actually prevent sun damage and the claims are misleading. If people take the pill, they most likely aren’t using other sun protection and risk severe sun damage. The FDA also announced that it was cracking down on sunscreen companies and the ingredients found in sunscreen.
Consumer Reports recommends that sunscreen be used as a part of a larger sun protection strategy. Other sources recommend that sunscreen be the last resort after shade, protective clothing and avoiding the sun at certain times of the day. One thing that everyone can agree on is that getting too much sun increases risk of skin cancer, can cause premature aging, can fade tattoos and should generally be avoided.
A good sun protection strategy is key to maintaining healthy skin whether you have a tattoo you would like to remove or not. If you live in the Milwaukee area and would like more information about laser tattoo removal, call us today for your free consultation. Remove a Tattoo offers tattoo removal that is safe, affordable and, most importantly – it works!