Rhiannon and Jeanine sit down to talk about how summer effects skin, indoor tanning, tattoos and more
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About the New Tan Tax Rhiannon Ally: Welcome back to Better! We have dermatologist Dr. Downie joining us today to talk about our hot topics and we’ve got some really interesting ones today, Dr. Downie. Dr. Jeanine Downie: I think so. Rhiannon Ally: Yeah. Okay, first of all, there are photos all over the internet. If you haven’t seen these, you have to Google it, of Michael Jackson’s kids on vacation in Hawaii and there's one picture in particular that’s really interesting, it shows his 13 year old son Prince with what looks to be some type of skin condition on his arm. And so, a lot of people are questioning, is it vitiligo or was it something else? Was it sunburn? You’ve seen the pictures. What do you think? Dr. Jeanine Downie: I have to be honest with you. I've never examined Prince. He’s not my patient. I'm a huge Michael Jackson fan but unfortunately, it does look like it might be vitiligo. Rhiannon Ally: Michael Jackson actually had vitiligo. Dr. Jeanine Downie: But we are not sure if he actually had it or not to be honest with you because I never examined him. That was the theory that we have. And so, vitiligo is something that’s heritable. So, that would be very unfortunate. So, I hope that that’s not it and that it was something else or the picture of that was retouched or something. I mean we just don’t know. But I think that study show that I need to go to Hawaii and check. Rhiannon Ally: Yeah. Let’s go together and we can do some research on that one. It is an interesting but you’re right. The photos are retouched; that is a possibility. You can’t believe everything you see online. Another picture I found was Miley Cyrus and she has a new tattoo on the inside of her ear right there. It says “Love.” Dr. Jeanine Downie: Oh, it’s her seven old year daughter who loves her. Rhiannon Ally: Yeah, I know. Dr. Jeanine Downie: She's such a role model. This is how I feel about tattoos. First of all, in the ear, it’s super painful. It can get infected. It could lead to swelling. It could lead to all kinds of other issues for months. But the newest thing with tattoos is not only are people getting hepatitis and rare but reported cases of HIV but now, they are getting mycobacterium. So, a mycobacterium is like -- tuberculosis is a type of mycobacterium. So, it’s called mycobacterium colony that’s coming up in tattoos. So, this is something where -- Rhiannon Ally: So, this is new. Dr. Jeanine Downie: This is something new where the vat of ink is reused. So, if the first person of the day has mycobacterium and the needle is dipped and re-dipped in there, the blood from what they are tattooing on that comes off in the ink and then they reuse that ink with the next person because it’s a vat of blue ink, so they are not tossing the ink although they have to use new needles. And that’s how they can spread disease. Not all tattoo parlors do this but in general, I'm against tattooing. Rhiannon Ally: I didn’t realize that. Dr. Jeanine Downie: I’ll put on something that’s like one of those beautiful tattoos, the hennas that a lot of the people in the Indian culture use. That way, it fades off in six weeks. Six weeks is your typical time for tattoo regret. Rhiannon Ally: Six weeks. Dr. Jeanine Downie: Six weeks later people are like “Oh no.” Rhiannon Ally: Yeah. But that’s interesting that that’s happening and people don’t even realize it. You said that that is especially sensitive. Are there areas that are maybe a little bit better or worst? Or is it just bad altogether? Dr. Jeanine Downie: It’s bad altogether but I mean, unfortunately, I've seen them in the ears, I've seen them on the genitals. Rhiannon Ally: I've seen along the lip. Dr. Jeanine Downie: I’ve seen them on the inside of the lip and one on the tongue. Come on. Rhiannon Ally: Ouch, yeah. Dr. Jeanine Downie: Yeah. Rhiannon Ally: Okay, that doesn’t seem like a great idea. But another thing, a couple of weeks ago, the new tan tax a
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