The need for sunblock
Your Ballantyne dermatologist believes in maximizing sun protection, in order to minimize all the negative effects of the sun such as:
- Painful, sunburned skin
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Age spots
- Dilated blood vessels
- Rough textured skin
- Skin cancer
We are vigilant about advocating the use of sunblock for people of all ages. When you are young, the harmful effects of excessive exposure to sunlight may not be very obvious, but you can be sure that sun exposure will eventually become manifest in the form of increased fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and discolored skin.
Decrease your risk for melanoma
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, if not the world. Studies have shown that regular and consistent application of sunscreen can cut your risk of melanoma by 50%. This is considered to be the most dangerous form of skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated that 10,130 people will die from melanoma in 2016. Melanoma is highly curable when detected early, but advanced melanoma can spread to vital organs in the body, which can result in death. You can increase your chance of detecting skin cancer early by following dermatologists’ tips for checking your skin.
Elta MD™ sunblock
The message here is to use sunscreen every day. When choosing a sunscreen, you need an effective sunblock that will protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. A Physical Sunblock offers the best protection because it reflects sun off your skin. Your sunblock should mainly be composed of Zinc oxide and/or Titanium Dioxide, as found in Elta MD brand. Apply the sunblock 15 to 30 minutes before going outdoors, and re-apply it every 2 hours while you are out in the sun. Carry sunblock with you whenever you are playing sports, gardening, swimming, or doing any outdoor activities. Your sunblock is not a reason for you to increase the time you spend in sunlight. Elta MD provides broad spectrum coverage with zinc oxide, combined with other UVB chemical sunscreens to effectively minimize sun damage to your skin.
Your Ballantyne dermatologist can rejuvenate sun damaged skin
If you are finding it difficult to live with wrinkled, sun damaged 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. Call their office today for a skin care evaluation and analysis of your sun damaged skin, or any other skin condition.