Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

Marla Ahlgrimm | Retired Pharmacist | Leading Expert in Women's Health

Summer is Coming and That Means Sunscreen, says Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla AhlgrimmWhile most doctors recommend wearing sunscreen anytime you’re out in the open, it’s especially important in the summer, when hours outdoors can go by in what feels like minutes.

According to retired pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm, sun protection is especially important for women, who may be more susceptible to certain types of skin cancer. And, from an aesthetic point of view, sun damage can make the skin look old and worn well before its time. And once the skin is damaged, there is no amount of lotion or makeup that will fix it.

Marla Ahlgrimm explained the top five reasons to wear sunscreen are:

  1. A weakened ozone layer is not as effective at sheltering the body from harmful UV rays.
  2. Sunscreen use is proven to decrease the instances of skin cancer development.
  3. Sunscreen can reduce or prevent skin discoloration and brown spots.
  4. Blotchiness and red veins will not be as predominant in people who regularly use sunscreen.
  5. A high-quality sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher can reduce the appearance of aging skin and delay wrinkles.

Marla Ahlgrimm clarifies that exposure to the sun is vital to human health. She notes that exposure as few as five to 30 minutes twice per week will help the body produce its required level of vitamin D, which is approximately 600 IU each day. Additional sun exposure, through boating, sunbathing, or simply being outdoors without sunscreen, and does not provide any added benefits. Vitamin D may also be supplemented by eating a diet rich in eggs, dairy, liver, and fish.

Even with sunscreen, there are certain medications that can make skin sensitive to sunlight, explains Marla Ahlgrimm.. These include certain acne medications and drugs used in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

There is no one brand of sunscreen that is best, says Marla Ahlgrimm. However, she notes that people who do not like the feeling of lotion on their hands or have trouble reaching sensitive spots on the back may find a spray on sunscreen the most convenient.


Author: Marla Ahlgrimm

Pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm revolutionized the field of women’s health in the 1970s and continues to do so today. After introducing the term “premenstrual syndrome” to the American public in the late 1970s, Marla Ahlgrimm has continued to focus her pharmacy practice over the years to successfully address hormone concerns that affect women as they age. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Marla Ahlgrimm co-founded Madison Pharmacy Associates, and it was there she fine tuned individualized care protocols and prescription medication to optimize a woman’s hormonal health. One of the first hormone issues that Marla tackled was Premenstrual Syndrome, or PMS. At that time, there were no diagnosis or treatment options to address the severe symptoms that many women were reporting. As a result of Marla Ahlgrimm ’s intense attention to women’s health, Madison Pharmacy Associates gained a national reputation as an innovative practice. Founded in 1982, Madison Pharmacy Associates was the first pharmacy to special in women’s health in the nation. Thanks to the expertise of Marla Ahlgrimm, Madison Pharmacy Associates became known for the management of PMS. Over the years, Madison Pharmacy Associates evolved with Marla Ahlgrimm’s careful guidance, providing the national PMS Access newsletter, as well as a toll-free line where patients could obtain referrals to physicians who had the expertise to help them manage their symptoms. Marla Ahlgrimm founded Women’s Health America, Inc. in 1993 to help women by providing individualized hormonal medications to address the complex health issues of women and also to provide practical, helpful women’s health information. Over the years, Marla Ahlgrimm’s vision has grown to include Women’s Health America, Madison Pharmacy Associates, PMS Access and Cyclin Pharmaceuticals. In addition to her accomplishments with these landmark organizations, Marla Ahlgrimm is an author, having published two watershed books, The HRT Solution and Self-Help for Premenstrual Syndrome. Marla Ahlgrimm has also been published in numerous national publications, including serving as a columnist for The American Journal of Natural Medicine. Today, the primary work of Marla Ahlgrimm centers on natural hormone therapy, an important area for the large number of women who are menopausal and postmenopausal. Marla Ahlgrimm ’s work is unique because of her focus on individualized, natural hormone therapy options. According to pharmacist, Marla Ahlgrimm, many health issues facing women today are related to hormone changes. Using an individualized approach to therapy, she reports that many women feel reenergized for the first time in years. In addition to recognition in publications and journals, Marla Ahlgrimm has been recognized with a number awards over the span of her career. Some of Marla Ahlgrimm ’s most notable awards have been the YWCA’s acknowledgment of Marla Ahlgrimm as one of its Women of Distinction and recognition by her alma mater, the University of Wisconsin, as one of its Distinguished Alumni. Above all of the awards and honors, Marla Ahlgrimm finds that helping so many women is the greatest accomplishment of all. In fact, says Marla Ahlgrimm, she still works with some of her very first patients and their doctors. These women once sought the help of Marla Ahlgrimm for PMS, she says, and today she is helping them manage symptoms of menopause and the years that follow.

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