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Sunscreen in my Blood?

In May 2019, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published an article that certain ingredients in sunscreen products can be found in the bloodstream. The reaction and fallout were significant; people were calling for boycotts on sunscreens and investigations into the companies that make them. For something as important as skin health and protection, this issue requires a closer look. Does this research imply that sunscreen is bad for you?


The Finer Details

The study was performed by the US Food and Drug Administration on 24 participants across various skin types using four commercially available sunscreens. The participants were given the sunscreen in the form of a spray, lotion, or cream to apply over four days to 75% of their body. The goal was to measure the amount of four common sunscreen ingredients in the blood: avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, and ecamsule. Blood samples were taken from the participants at various intervals over 7 days. The results were fascinating, to say the least. All four ingredients were found in all patients’ blood samples, even after the four-day period of applying sunscreen.


What does this mean for your health?

Though similar studies have shown the same, significant questions persist. The effects of these chemicals on our health is still unknown and requires further research. In addition, the results of the study demonstrate not that sunscreen is unhealthy or harmful, but that the levels of these ingredients in the bloodstream are too high for the FDA to ignore and not require sunscreen companies to investigate this issue.

In this day and age of health consciousness, terms like organic, all-natural, cage-free, and the like, make us more aware of ingredients in everything we consume, and sunscreen is no exception. With that being said, the risks associated with sun exposure and harmful UV rays are well documented, and medical providers highly recommend the habitual use of sunscreen. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends daily use of sunscreen that offers at least 30 SPF, water resistance, and broad spectrum protection, with re-application every two hours of continuous sun exposure.

At Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery, we offer medical-grade sunscreens that meet the AAD’s recommendations. Our bestseller is the Alastin Hydratint Pro Mineral SPF 36, which is a lightweight sunscreen that provides daily protection from damaging UVA/UVB rays. It also boasts a formulation that is rich in antioxidants that protect skin from environmental pollution and improve skin hydration!

We also proudly carry the EltaMD line of sunscreens, with tinted, untinted, and reef safe options! Our recommended daily sunscreen is the UV Daily SPF 40 which is formulated for both normal and combo skin. UV Clear SPF 46 is reef safe and great for sensitive and acne prone skin. It also contains anti-aging ingredients. UV Elements SPF 44 Tinted is water-resistant active sunscreen, recommended for patients who play sports or are otherwise facing the “elements”. Call our office at (703) 705-2100 for more information about sunscreen and other services to help you look and feel your very best!

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Are Chemical Peels for Me?

The short answer is YES. Chemical peels are for anyone and everyone of any skin type.

Whether you have dry/combination/oily skin, light or dark skin, or even sensitive skin, there is a chemical peel for everyone at Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery. Here we customize the peel to your specific skin concern and type. Chemical peels help improve many different skin conditions including aging, dark spots, wrinkles, acne, and sensitive skin/rosacea.

Unfortunately, as we age, our skin starts to sag creating wrinkles. Though we can’t stop time to permanently stop the aging process of our skin, we can help our skin with chemical peels. With peels, we can remove the damaged top layers of skin in a controlled manner, revealing the healthier skin underneath. This helps soften the appearance of wrinkles and improves the elasticity of our skin.

For acne-prone skin, a chemical peel is an alternative way to treat your skin. By controlling the oil production and improving skin texture, a series of chemical peels can help reduce breakouts. Additionally, chemical peels allow the skin to shed dead cells bringing fresh, new skin to the surface and allowing acne scars to slowly fade over time.

Experiencing a little discoloration or redness? With chemical peels, you can improve the overall skin tone of your skin while targeting dark spots caused by sun damage. Chemical peels are also a great way to reduce rosacea (redness), leaving a nice, bright skin tone and softer, smoother skin.

Have sensitive skin? Afraid of a skin reaction? There are varying degrees of chemical peels at Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery. You may experience mild burning or stinging throughout the treatment; however, this will pass very quickly. The type of peel and the number of layers applied will vary from person to person. However, chemical peels do improve the sensitivity of your skin by reducing the inflammatory response and increasing cell turnover rate.

If you have questions about chemical peels or are unsure if chemical peels are the right solution for you, schedule a consultation at Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery by calling 703-705-2100 for a more in-depth review of chemical peels and personalized treatment care.


Post-peel expectations:

Everyone peels differently and it depends on skin type, type of peel, and the number of layers applied. Some people experience “sheeting” where larger portions of the skin peel off, and this is usually for those who are treated with stronger peels. Other sometimes “flake” or do not experience “peeling” at all, but it does not mean the peel did not work. Your skin might feel dry or tight; however, after about a week this dryness/tightness should go away. Patients usually leave with a healthy glow with little to no downtime.


Post-peel care:

After a chemical peel, your skin can be sensitive, thus it is essential to avoid direct sunlight and apply sunscreen (you should be applying sunscreen every day anyway). Additionally, avoid working out, sweating, or swimming for up to 48 hours after a peel, as these activities can increase redness and cause hypersensitivity. Following the post-procedure regimen will enhance your desired results and keep peeling and redness to a minimum.

If you have any other questions or concerns about chemical peel, please don’t hesitate to call to book your consultation at 703-705-2100 or email at!


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Warding Off Saggy Skin

The unfortunate truth is that the aging process is inevitable, and we often see it in our faces as we mature. The key to a youthful appearance lies in two vital proteins in our bodies: collagen and elastin. The framework of collagen and elastin under the skin is key to its integrity and durability, but over time it becomes looser and less organized, leading to a less youthful appearance. Keep reading to learn more about warding off saggy skin with dermal fillers Fairfax, VA.


Collagen is the framework for many of our tissues.  This plentiful protein is found in many body parts such as bones, muscles, tendons, and even our teeth! The word is derived from the greek word “kolla” which means glue, and its job is to hold organs and tissues of the body together. In young people, the body produces collagen in ample amounts to protect and strengthen tissues, including skin. However, collagen production begins to decline at age 25 and continues to decrease with age. It is this decline that leads to saggy skin, fine lines, and wrinkles.


Elastin is less well-known than collagen, but it is an important protein that gives skin the ability to stretch. It also allows skin to have the “bounce back” effect, meaning that when we pull or stretch our skin, it snaps back to its original place.  As we age, elastin production declines as well, which results in less bounce in our skin. This manifests in permanent facial wrinkles, even at rest, as well as saggy crepey skin.

Treatment Options

Though there is no way to prevent the decrease of collagen and elastin, there are ways to help replace the volume due to their natural loss. The most immediate results occur with the use of hyaluronic acid fillers. While most commonly used fillers do not contain collagen, some fillers contain properties that help stimulate collagen production, even after they have dissolved. The effects of fillers can last up to 2 years, and downtime is minimal. At Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery we offer the following brands of dermal fillers Fairfax, VA: Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse. They are used in various areas of the face that lose volume, including your temples, cheeks, lips, nasolabial folds, and jawline.

Quality medical grade skincare products also stimulate the cells that make collagen and elastin. By implementing a consistent skincare regimen with quality ingredients, we can help replenish the skin and boost collagen production.  Some popular skincare products that help support healthy collagen and elastin production in the ALASTIN Skincare line is the best-selling Restorative Eye Treatment, Restorative Skin Complex, Renewal Retinols, and HydraTint Pro Mineral Sunscreen. ALASTIN Skincare’s patented Tri-Hex Technology® is specifically engineered to work with the skin to clear out the old collagen and elastin framework that has been damaged by sun exposure and aging, allowing the body to lay down a new foundation for healthier skin.

Dermal Fillers Fairfax, VA

If you have further questions or concerns about aging changes and dermal fillers Fairfax, VA, please call (703) 705-2100 to book your consultation at Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery, or send an email to!


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