When we think of summer season risky behavior, we often think of reckless acts on the highway or on the water, but our focus here is on behavior that increases your risk for skin cancer. Overexposure to the sun’s rays is not good for our skin. We protect ourselves from harmful UV rays in three ways;
- By wearing a chemical sun block
- By wearing protective clothing
- Timing our activity to avoid the mid-day rays.
One sunscreen product our patients love is called Elta MD. It is essential that you apply sunscreen properly, to ensure you are properly protected from UV damage. We want to take the opportunity to help you avoid harmful habits and conceptions related to use of sunscreens.
Use SPF properly
There is very little difference in different levels of SPF in terms of the total percentage of ultraviolet light blocked. Unfortunately, some people will apply an SPF 50 without reapplying for 5 or 6 hours, thinking that they have extra protection. Regardless of the SPF of your sunscreen, always apply two ounces of sunscreen, no less than 30 minutes before you go outside, and reapply every two hours.
You only need to use sunscreen on skin that is exposed to sun
Many people feel that it is not necessary to use sunscreen on certain parts of the body. In fact, a majority of users will wash their hands after applying sunscreen as a way to reduce fingerprints and smudges on their hand held devices. Overlooking exposed areas may increase your risk for skin cancers. This includes the palms of our hands. Our palms and the soles of our feet have far less pigment, so are more likely to get unprotected intense exposure. Any board certified dermatologist can tell you of patients who have presented with skin cancers on the palms of hands or on the soles of their feet.
Kids’ sunscreen is best for sensitive skin
Some adults opt to use children’s sunscreen with the misconception that it is gentler on sensitive skin. Sunscreens for both kids and adults contain the same active ingredients. Adult sunscreens tend to be less visible or greasy. Kids’ sunscreens are typically a little thicker, and more opaque. Additionally, children’s sunscreens are formulated so they do not sting their eyes. If your skin is irritated when you use sunscreen, it is best to consult with your Charlotte dermatologist. Until then, you should opt to use a physical sunscreen, which contains natural active ingredients like zinc or titanium dioxide.
Two of the top Charlotte dermatologists
Whether you are dealing with skin rashes, or you seek to avoid problems that make your skin look older, Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide high quality and innovative treatment 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 cancers. 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.