Bradley G. Neuenschwander, DO


Dr. Bradley G. Neuenschwander is a board-certified dermatologist, but he is also an educator. Because sun damage and skin cancer are so prevalent, the Layton-based specialist always seeks to educate patients on preventing sun damage.

Cancer is a significant part of the Layton-based dermatologist’s practice, as are other aspects of general dermatology, such as acne, warts, rashes, growths and spots.

Dr. Neuenschwander’s higher education career began with a B.S. in social work from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. As his focus shifted from social work to medicine, he undertook post-baccalaureate education at the University of Utah.

The dermatologist earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, Mo. He completed his internship at Oakwood Southshore Medical Center, Trenton, Mich., and his residency in dermatology at Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital, Pontiac, Mich. He joined Tanner Clinic in 2009.

Dr. Neuenschwander received the Kudelko Memorial Scholarship during medical school for excellent clinical evaluations and for ranking in the top 10 percent of the class. At the U of U, he achieved the President’s Award, which is presented to students in the top 5 percent of the class.

Dr. Neuenschwander is married with four children. He is fluent in German and Polish. He divides his spare time between coaching his sons’ soccer teams and competing in multiple races and marathons, including the Boston Marathon. He also like to backpack, cycle, cook and read.

What's Enough Sun?

Girl-in-sunglasses WHAT’S ENOUGH SUN? —  Vitamin D is vital for bone growth  and a healthy immune system.  There is no doubt that a little  sunlight is good for you! But 5 to  15 minutes of casual sun exposure of hands, face and arms two to three times a week during the summer months is sufficient to keep your vitamin D levels high.

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Premature Aging Is Top Among the Sun's Abuses

Dr. Bradley Neuenschwander doesn’t want to vilify the sun. “We all need a little of the sun,” says the dermatologist.

But he worries that we in the 21st century are getting too much of it, over much more of our skin — and that we’re setting ourselves up for even more sun damage.

Dr. Neuenschwander recalls the historical photos we’ve all seen of individuals in long dresses, woolly suit coats and neck-to-ankle underwear. “We just don’t dress that way anymore. Our lifestyles have changed,” he said. And we’re seeing the results today in higher rates of skin cancer, especially among younger people.

“I have some patients in their late 20s with skin cancer already,” he said. “Melanomas are definitely on the rise.”

Patients often don’t notice day-to-day sun damage, he said, “but I see the cumulative effects when someone comes into the office.” At the same time that sunlight is prematurely aging (photo-aging) the skin, he said, it’s also causing leathery skin, wrinkles, reduced elasticity, sagging and “a red and white mottling discoloration.” Yuck.

What’s more, up to 90 percent of wrinkles and other signs of can be attributed to sun damage, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“I get the benefit of seeing the end result,” he said.

Sun-damaged cells can’t repair themselves

First, we should understand why sunshine is so damaging to the skin. Sunbeams, including UV rays, damage the genetic structure of skin cells, said Dr. Neuen- schwander said. “Essentially, sun changes the body’s ability to correct mistakes that are made in the transcription of the genetic material.”

Like normal cells, radiation-damaged cells divide, he said. “However, the machinery that can fix them is damaged and can’t repair them. And you get a mutated cell line that continues to grow because there’s nothing to halt it.”

Here’s another way in which the sun’s light negatively affects us: Excessive sun blocks the skin’s immune response. Research has shown that sunlight suppresses production of infection-fighting white blood cells. The damage affects the entire immune system, making it easier for tumors and infections to take hold and spread.

Daily preventive acts are helpful

Dr. Neuenschwander’s focus is not only on skin damage, but on ways to avert it. “The little things you do every day make a big impact down the road,” he said.

Here are a few of those little things:

▸ Wear a daily moisturizer with sunscreen
▸ Use sunscreen, always, when in the sun
▸ Minimize severe burns
▸ Cover up as best you can when outside for an extended period of time. “When I work in the yard,” Dr. Neuenschwander said, “I typically wear a long-sleeved shirt, pants and a wide-brimmed hat.”
▸ Using retin-A at night to mitigate sun damage

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