Do not let your guard down
Every year around 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. The number one factor in the development of those cases is over exposure to the sun’s ultra violet rays. As the leaves begin to turn and fall and the temperatures get cooler, many people tend to let down their guard when it comes to healthy skin care. There seems to be a higher sense of awareness about the role of the sun’s rays and skin cancer. Our goal is to help you remember that protecting the skin is important regardless of the weather. In addition to ultra violet rays, the cold weather and winter winds can strip our skin of moisture, leaving it prone to itching, cracking and bleeding. Unhealthy or damaged skin is at high risk for developing skin cancer. We want to offer you some skin care tips to help keep your skin healthy and to reduce your risk for skin cancer. Consider the following.
Avoid tanning beds
Whether it is in natural sunlight, or on a tanning bed, a tan is never safe. People who use tanning beds significantly increase their risk for developing squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Even occasional sunbed use almost triples your chances of skin cancer. It is important to remember that a tan is not a sign of good health. It is a sign that you have damaged your skin.
Check your skin monthly
Examining your skin once a month can be a very effective tool in maintaining skin health. Along with all the obvious skin areas, be sure to check your scalp, feet, nails, palms, soles, and genital area. Remember that skin cancers can appear on parts of the body that people do not think to check. Are you aware that skin cancer can develop under fingernails and toenails? Melanoma commonly appears as a brownish-black-colored nail streak.
Keep showers short
On cold mornings, or after a day in the cold weather, we take extra enjoyment in a steamy shower. As satisfying as this can be, basking in too much scalding water can strip your skin of much of its natural oils and moisture.
Drink plenty of water
Proper hydration is crucial for keeping the skin healthy. Cooler weather does not necessarily mean that you need less hydration. Drink fluids regularly and consistently. A reliable gauge of proper hydration is to check your urine color. If you are properly hydrated, urine should be clear to pale yellow. Be sure to check with your doctor or dermatologist to see if you are taking medications that can affect urine color. Otherwise, you can rely on the proverbial eight glasses per day.
Cold weather and wind are not good for your skin. Be sure to cover as much exposed skin as is possible. Remember that your fingers and toes are particularly susceptible skin damage related to frostbite and windburn.
Sunscreen is essential even on cloudy days. Just as in summer time, it is a good idea to limit your sun exposure between the hours of 10 am to 4 pm. Apply sunscreen with the same regularity in the winter as you would in the summer.
Schedule regular appointments with your dermatologist
Regular skin checks by your dermatologist is the best way to protect yourself from skin cancer, Statistics reveal that even the deadliest skin cancers, have a cure rate of nearly 100% when diagnosed and treated early.
Charlotte dermatologist for your scalp and hair problems
Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide safe and caring treatment in a 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 complementary consultation to determine your specific needs.