Summer Skin Care, and Skin Cancer Prevention

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Summer Skin Care, and Skin Cancer Prevention

Summer Skin Care Tips – In sunny San Diego the beautiful weather lures people out into the sun to enjoy all of the wonderful activities that the city has to offer.  Whether it is a day at the beach with the family, mountain biking, surfing, hiking, or just a walk with your dog it is important that you protect you skin from sun damage.

Skin cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer, with over 3.5 million diagnoses per year in the US (that’s more than all other cancers combined).  The good news is that the majority or skin cancers are preventable.  The dermatologists at Poway Dermatology recommend that you follow a few simple steps to reduce your chances of developing skin cancer.  We also recommend regularly visiting your dermatologist, because early detection of skin cancer is key!  If you see any suspicious areas on your skin we urge you to see a physician immediately to have it examined.

While it is recommended to avoid skin exposure to the sun we know that for active people that is difficult.  However, you can reduce your exposure to UV rays by trying to follow these easy steps:

1. Use sunscreen.  A recent survey from The Skin Cancer Foundation revealed that 49% of men and 29% of women say they have not used any sunscreen in the past 12 months.  Even low SPF sunscreen is better than no sunscreen.  Whatever you have, make sure you use it.  Also, don’t forget to reapply it; most sunscreens should be reapplied every 2 hours.

2. Cover up–wear clothing to protect your skin as much as possible.  Most clothing provides a higher SPF than any sunscreen, and it doesn’t wear off if you sweat!

3. Wear a hat and sunglasses when possible.  According to the Vision Council, if you aren’t wearing your sunglasses you are risking an increased chance of cataracts, macular degeneration and skin cancer on the eyelids.  While skin cancer of the eyelids may sound strange it actually accounts for nearly 10 percent of all skin cancers.

4. Limit direct sun exposure during midday (10AM-4PM).  This is when the suns rays are the strongest, and as such, damage from the sun in accelerated during exposure.

5. Avoid tanning beds.  After all the recent reports about UV exposure from tanning beds it is highly recommended that they be avoided.

6. Protect your children’s skin from the sun.  Children are very prone to sunburn due to their fair skin, so do them a favor and keep them protected with sunscreen and  hats.

If you have any questions or concerns about your skin please feel free to contact Poway Dermatology for a consultation.  We have been serving San Diego for many years, and our board certified dermatologists are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of melanomas and skin cancer.

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