skin cancer - Charlotte, NC

Skin cancer is a scary disease, and it can be prevented

Charlotte NC skin cancer is one of the most common diagnoses that is given out to Americans each and every day. Charlotte NC skin cancer is typically caused by too much sun exposure, and not enough protection against the sun’s harsh rays. Many people still use tanning beds to achieve a tan. Tanning beds are extremely dangerous, and using one just one time increases the risk of developing skin cancer by 60%. Nowadays, there is no need to use a tanning bed when there are so many sunless tanning options available on the market. To protect yourself against developing Charlotte NC skin cancer, follow this easy guide to applying sunless tanner.

How does sunless tanner work?

DHA (or dihydroxyactenone) is the component of sunless tanning products that makes the skin appear tan. DHA works by finding proteins that are on the surface of the skin and binding to them. When DHA attaches to these proteins, it makes them a “tan” color. Compared to UV rays that break through the skin’s superficial layers and penetrate the skin, DHA only rests on the surface of the skin. This makes DHA topical agents a safe choice when you’re looking for a sunless tan. The FDA also approves of the use of DHA for sunless tanning products. Using DHA does not increase your risk of developing skin cancer.

Sunless tanner precautions

“Fake bake” products are great to use when you’re looking for a tan but do not want to develop Charlotte NC skin cancer. However, there are a few safety precautions that should be followed when you’re applying sunless tanner. Always apply sunless tanner (if it’s an aerosol) in a large, open space that is well-ventilated. It is also important to apply sunscreen with SPF of 30 or more in combination with a sunless tanner product. Finally, creams and lotions are safer than aerosol products since the health effects of aerosols are still unknown.

How to get the best glow

  • First, use a skin exfoliator to get rid of any rough skin patches.
  • Then, put on a moisturizer 15 minutes prior to the application of a sunless tanning product.
  • Next, put on some gloves so that you don’t stain your hands.
  • Then, apply the tanner to distinct areas of the body one at a time.
  • After this, wait for the tanner to dry for 30 minutes.
  • Finally, apply a sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher.

The Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte – your skin cancer specialists

Skin cancer is a scary disease that can be easily treated and prevented. Dr. Deborah Nixon and her team of highly skilled skin specialists at the Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte, NC can work with you to develop a total skin-treatment plan. If you are living in the Charlotte, NC area and are interested in learning more about how to prevent skin cancer, schedule a consultation appointment with us today.


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