Posts for: April, 2020
With the warmer months just around the corner you may be getting ready to plan some fun in the sun. The summertime always finds children spending hours outside playing, as well as beach-filled family vacations, backyard barbeques, and more days just spent soaking up some much-needed vitamin D.
While it can certainly be great for our emotional and mental well-being to go outside, it’s also important that we are protecting our skin against the harmful effects of the sun’s rays. These are some habits to follow all year long to protect against skin cancer,
Wear Sunscreen Daily
Just because the sun isn’t shining doesn’t mean that your skin isn’t being exposed to the harmful UVA and UVB rays. The sun’s rays have the ability to penetrate through clouds. So it’s important that you generously apply sunscreen to the body and face about 30 minutes before going outside.
Opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 that also protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Everyone should use sunscreen, even infants. Just one sunburn during your lifetime can greatly increase your risk for developing skin cancer, so always remember to lather up!
Reapply Sunscreen Often
If you are planning to be outdoors for a few hours you’ll want to bring your sunscreen with you. After all, one application won’t be enough to protect you all day long. A good rule of the thumb to follow is, reapply sunscreen every two hours. Of course, you’ll also want to apply sunscreen even sooner if you’ve just spent time swimming or if you’ve been sweating a lot (e.g. running a race or playing outdoor sports).
Seek Shade During the Day
While feeling the warm rays of the sun on your shoulders can certainly feel nice, the sun’s rays are at their most powerful and most dangerous during the hours of 10am-4pm. If you plan to be outdoors during these times it’s best to seek shady spots. This means enjoying lunch outside while under a wide awning or sitting on the beach under an umbrella. Even these simple measures can reduce your risk for skin cancer.
See a Dermatologist
Regardless of whether you are fair skinned, have a family history of skin cancer or you don’t have any risk factors, it’s important that everyone visit their dermatologist at least once a year for a comprehensive skin cancer screening. This physical examination will allow our skin doctor to be able to examine every growth and mole from head to toe to look for any early signs of cancer. These screenings can help us catch skin cancer early on when it’s treatable.
Noticing changes in one of your moles? Need to schedule your next annual skin cancer screening? If so, a dermatologist will be able to provide you with the proper care you need to prevent, diagnose and treat both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers.
You might be surprised to discover that some of the most innocuous habits could actually be aging you. Preventing fine lines and wrinkles is certainly easier than trying to treat them once they form. While wrinkles are a normal part of life and aging, there are things you can do each and everyday to keep your skin looking young and healthy so you can knock a few years off your age and people will be none the wiser.
Wearing sunscreen each and every day without fail is probably one of the best things you can do to keep your skin looking and feeling its best. Not only does exposing skin to the sun’s rays cause sun damage and increase your risk for skin cancer, it can also cause premature lines and wrinkles. To protect your skin from the sun, always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 every day (even in the winter and on cloudy days).
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is so very important and yet not enough of us get quality sleep every night. Nights of tossing and turning won’t just leave you grumpy, tired and mentally foggy, it can also lead to wrinkles. That’s because a lack of sleep can actually accelerate the signs of aging and can also affect the skin’s ability to repair itself every night. Most adults require anywhere from 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Are you getting your beauty sleep?
Did you know that as many as 75 percent of US adults suffer from chronic dehydration? This statistic is startlingly and could have a serious impact not just on your health but also on the health and appearance of your skin. If like most people you aren’t getting more than 2.5 cups of water a day, it’s important that you up your water intake to at least 8 8-ounce glasses per day (and even more if you’re active). Staying hydrated keeps the skin looking plump and radiant (and who doesn’t want that?).
Keep Skin Moisturized
Dry skin can also leave you prone to those early signs of aging, so it’s important that you keep skin supple and hydrated. Everyone should use a moisturizer every day, which can improve skin’s glow and also reduce the appearance of facial lines. Those dealing with more severe dry skin may need to turn to their dermatologist for more intense moisturizers.
Sleep on Your Back
If you find yourself snuggling with your pillow night after night you may soon notice fine lines developing on your face as a result. Just changing your sleep position alone can easily prevent these “sleep wrinkles”. If you want to reduce wrinkles on your face avoid sleeping on your side or stomach and sleep on your back instead.
Of course, a dermatologist offers a wide range of cosmetic treatments that can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. From Botox and dermal fillers to customized facials, laser treatments and chemical peels, there are many options out there to help you achieve a younger appearance. Talk to your dermatologist today about ways to prevent and treat wrinkles.
The sun is a heavenly luminous body that gives our planet life. Despite the advantages it offers, it also emits harmful rays known as ultraviolet (UV) radiation. If you are overexposed to ultraviolet rays, there is an increased risk that you could develop skin cancer. But how does this happen, exactly? In a nutshell, the DNA found in your skin cells could be damaged if your skin is given excessive exposure to UV radiation. If the damage continues to develop, cells can multiply rapidly, which could eventually result in skin cancer.
Fortunately, as with all types of cancer, early diagnosis can raise your chances of successful skin cancer treatment. Here at South County Dermatology, you can come to our Narragansett, Westerly, Barrington, or East Greenwich, RI, offices for both screenings and skin cancer treatment. Until then, here’s what you need to know about skin cancer warning signs and prevention.
Common Skin Cancer Signs You Should Look Out For
Here are some warning signs that you should note and look out for, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation:
- Moles or growths that suddenly appear on your skin.
- Growths or moles that have developed.
- Moles or growths that appear different than they were before.
- Lesions that itch, alter, bleed, or that don’t improve in time.
- An abnormal brown or pink mark, patch, or mole.
Top Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer
Did you know that even on a cloudy day, the risk of getting skin cancer is still possible? It’s vital to note that clouds are not enough to protect you from those harmful ultraviolet rays. With this in mind, the following are some simple ways you can follow to minimize your risk of getting skin cancer:
- Look for shade when needed. The sun’s rays are the most detrimental during the hours of 10 AM to 4 PM.
- Sport yourself with necessary covering. Merely wearing a hat, long-sleeves, long pants, and sunglasses can help shield you from the sun.
- Cover your skin with broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen that has an SPF of 15 or greater daily. If you are performing an outdoor activity for a prolonged period, make sure to apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30.
- Check and observe your skin monthly to check for any skin irregularities and new growths that could indicate skin cancer.
- Visit your dermatologist in our Narragansett, Westerly, Barrington, or East Greenwich, RI, for regular skin cancer screenings, at least once yearly, or if you spot any signs of skin cancer.
- Keep away from tanning beds and tanning in general.
For Skin Cancer Treatment or Screenings, We Can Help
Dial (401) 471-3376 to reach South County Dermatology and set your appointment in our Narragansett, Westerly, Barrington, or East Greenwich, RI.