Protecting skin from the sun is a common concern, especially in the coming summer months. In the United States, skin care and protection is becoming an increasingly hot topic, but it's long played a dynamic role in Asian countries such as Korea.

East Meets West

Dr. Craig Kraffert, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist, is one expert working to change the shape and future of skin care in the United States. Dr. Kraffert is a leading scientist, skin care expert, entrepreneur and president of Amarte, a luxury skin care line that combines Korean skin care philosophy with American dermatology. As owner of Redding Derm, the largest dermatology practice in northern California, Dr. Kraffert specializes in both aesthetic and clinical dermatology.

Trained as a biochemist and cell biologist, Dr. Kraffert began his career in biomedical research at Scripps Institute in La Jolla, California. Next, he studied medicine at UCLA, interned in Surgery at UCLA Medical Center and held his dermatology residency at the University of Miami in Florida.

Dr. Kraffert discovered advanced Asian skin care technology at the renowned Bio Regional Innovation Center at Seowon University in Korea. There, he recognized Korea's aptitude for scientific innovation and realized that the young product line, Amarte, had innovation not yet seen in the United States.

Determined to introduce this innovation to the West, Dr. Kraffert worked to improve the original Korean formulations and customize products for the American market, promoting wellness and the natural beauty of skin. Amarte is a skin care system that fuses East and West, intertwining beauty and science.

Doctor's Orders

"It is well established that cumulative sun exposure is the main modifiable risk factor in melanoma prevention. Thus, simple ways to prevent skin cancer revolve around sun protection," Dr. Kraffert told Tech Times over email. "It is important to note, however, that sun exposure does have an addictive component so some people are reluctant to cover up."

Read more of the doctor's advice below.

  • "One way to prevent melanoma revolves around optimizing immune system function."
  • "Sun avoidance. This involves seeking shade and organizing outdoor activities during times of day and times of year when sun exposure can be minimized."
  • "Protective clothing. Sleeves and hats are two great ways to decrease melanoma risk."
  • "Sunscreen. For areas of the skin that cannot be covered with clothing, sunscreen should ideally be applied whenever spending time outdoors."
  • "Do a self skin exam. This is a great way to catch skin cancer in its earliest stages when it is almost universally curable."

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