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Sunscreen Guide

Did You Know?

  • 1 out of 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
  • A “healthy” tan is the first sign of skin cancer.
  • Tanning beds increase your risk of skin cancer by 50% and emit 15 times more UVA rays than the sun.
  • Freckles and age spots are nearly always a sign that sun damage has occurred.
  • Most people only apply one third of the correct amount of sunscreen.
  • Even on a cloudy day, 80% of the sun’s UVA rays pass through the clouds.

Sunscreen Tips:  Think of the sun’s rays this way:

UVA = Aging rays that cause wrinkles and age spots

UVB = Burning rays

Look for sunscreens with Zinc Oxide, which offers broad-spectrum protection from UVA and UVB. Read the ingredients label before buying your sunscreen!

Wear sunscreen every day, all year long with an SPF of 30 or greater. UVA rays are present all year long, even during the winter, through clouds on overcast days, through car windows.

Don’t forget your ears, neck, décolletage and hands!

Apply liberally 15 minutes before going outdoors.

For the average body, it takes a full ounce of sunscreen (a golf ball size) to adequately protect your skin. Reapply your sunscreen at least every 2 hours, especially if you are perspiring or swimming.

Wear a broad-brimmed hat with a UPF label to protect your scalp, face, ears and the back of your neck. A baseball cap does not offer adequate protection.

Don’t forget to protect your lips and eyes! Use a lip balm with SPF 15 and sunglasses.

Mineral makeup or makeup with sunscreen can provide extra UV protection, but is inadequate by itself.

Available at Our Office: All contain 3.4 -19.95% zinc oxide. Talk to our staff to find the right one for your skin:

Alastin Skincare

  • SilkSHIELD® All Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30
  • HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36 – with a hint of tint
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Skin Check

Full body skin exams are an important part of health maintenance. Skin cancers cause significant morbidity and mortality if not caught early. Most skin cancers are treatable if caught early. It is recommended everyone have a baseline full body skin exam to determine risk of skin cancer and to review good skin care habits.

The first thing that will happen during your skin exam is a review of your medical history.

A full-body skin exam typically takes about 10 minutes. You will need to remove your clothes to the level you are comfortable with and put on a medical exam gown.

Your Provider will thoroughly check your skin from head to toe, paying close attention to hard-to-see spots. They may utilize a small handheld magnifying device called a dermatoscope, that visualizes the outer surface of the skin and the layers just beneath it. If the Provider finds a concerning spot on your skin, a biopsy will likely be done that same day.  A biopsy involves numbing the area with a local anesthetic, followed by a shaving, scraping or use of a punch tool to get deeper layers of skin of the spot. Results are communicated via phone within 10-14 days. If the spot is abnormal, it may require further removal.

During your skin check, your Provider will talk to you about your risk of skin cancer, as well as healthy skin habits, including sun avoidance and sun protection. They will also discuss with you when you need another skin exam, based on your personal history and the results of the skin exam.

Remember that early detection of skin cancer is the key to the most minimal and cost-effective treatment with the highest chance of a cure. Make your appointment soon!

EltaMD Skincare

  • Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 Very transparent and ultra-light. EltaMD #1 seller for men and teenagers!
  • Elta MD UV Shield SPF 45 Slightly moisturizing, lightweight, oil free and transparent.
  • Elta MD Physical UV SPF 41 Non-chemical sunscreen, tinted to help redness. Great for rosacea patients!
  • Elta MD Sport SPF 50 Waterproof sunscreen for sports and swimming

Tizo Skincare

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