Summer season transition
Your Ballantyne dermatologist understands the natural desire to be out in the summer sun. However, we cannot go without warning our friends and patients about the dangers of sun damage. Even though we know a lot already, scientist continue to learn more about the effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays on the skin. We want you to enjoy the sun, always keeping in mind just how harmful it is to be out in the sun without the proper protection. It is important to stay vigilant and proactive, that is the only way that you will properly protect yourself and your family from the dangers of sun damage.
Skin damage from UV rays
Sun damage to our skin cells can eventually lead to early stages of cancer. In order to understand what this means for ourselves and our families, we must follow our natural instinct to protect our children. While nearly every mother keeps a vigilant eye over her children on the playground, a surprising number of mothers will consider the application of sunscreen or sun shades for the same children. If you have children, one of your first priorities should be to protect their skin from the sun. Early intervention can develop healthy habits as they grow older, and will dramatically lower their risk of skin cancer. Regardless of age, everyone should be diligent in keeping your skin as safe as possible.
A good approach
Proper and consistent application of a sunblock or sunscreen is a good first step. It is recommended that you use 30-50 SPF sunscreens that are made with zinc oxide or titanium oxide. Use it liberally, and re-apply it often, at least every two hours. Remember that sunblock is not a license for unlimited sun exposure. You should really try to stay out of the sun during peak afternoon hours, and cover your skin whenever possible. It is also just as important that you schedule regular skin cancer screenings. When they are detected early, most forms of skin cancer are highly curable.
Can you reverse sun damage?
It is not possible to reverse all the effects of sun damage, but you can help reverse some of the aesthetic effects of UV rays. Beyond skin cancer, sun damage can also cause premature aging. Sun damage is the leading cause of early wrinkling, sagging skin, and unwanted age spots. Depending upon the skin condition, there are a number of minimally invasive treatments that can help. Consider the following from Ballantyne dermatologist:
- Laser resurfacing
- Chemical peel
- Dermasweep Crystal Free Microdermabrasion
- BBL Photo Rejuvenation
Skin treatment by your Ballantyne dermatologist
If you are finding it difficult to live with sun damaged, scarred, or wrinkled skin, the doctors at Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide high quality, innovative skin treatments, and cosmetic dermatology in a caring and professional environment. Dr. Nixon and Dr. Haught are board certified dermatologists whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin, hair, and cosmetic concerns. Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. They provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, Botox® treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. They provide treatment for both adult and pediatric patients. Located in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte, call their office today for a skin care evaluation and analysis from Ballantyne dermatologist.