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Although skin cancer prevention can be done quite easily, skin cancer is still on the rise. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, everyday nearly 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with a type of skin cancer. Knowing how to select and use the proper sunscreen can help keep you safe and shielded from the sun’s harmful rays, a major risk factor that causes the disease. At Advanced Dermatology, we have developed a few tips and tricks to help you stay safe in the sun and enjoy the summer.
As the summer approaches, it is important to know steps you can take to protect your skin and health. Applying sunscreen daily is a key to helping prevent skin cancer and premature aging. At minimum, we recommend a using a product with SPF 15 or greater, even on cloudy days.
You should apply sunscreen to any part of the body that is routinely exposed to the sun. Sunscreens that have been specifically formulated for the face will reduce the chance of breakouts and skin irritations. Look for products that contain the zinc oxide, a mineral that helps to protect against ultraviolet radiation. Consider using sun protection products that are sweat and water resistant, especially if you swim or are active outdoors.
Because your face takes in UV rays daily, utilizing an SPF 30 is highly suggested. Look for sun protection that are designed to moisturize thirsty, sun touched skin, as well as protect you from the elements. Facial moisturizers are generally light-weight, enriched with antioxidants and add a soothing, hydrated appearance to your skin.
A broad-spectrum sunscreen is the way to go. When considering the SPF count, multiply it by 10 to understand its efficiency. For example, SPF 15 allows for 150 minutes of safe sun exposure. For added protection, you’ll need a sunscreen which provides coverage for UVB and UVA. Check for ingredients such as oxybenzone, cinnamates, zinc oxide and ecamsule.
Most individuals are safe with SPF 15 for the body, but those with sensitive or fair skin or with a high skin cancer risk factor should consider a formula with greater protection. Individuals with a family history of skin cancer or who spend a lot of time outdoors should utilize SPF 30 or greater.
To help prevent sun damage and skin cancer, it is important to create a barrier between UV radiation and your skin. Applying sunscreen is your first line of defense. If you have additional questions regarding your skincare routine, or are concerned about sun spots on your body, please contact us for a consultation. Our team of board-certified dermatologists are here to provide solutions for all of your dermatological concerns.