Summer is the time to get outside, soak up the sun, and embrace the warm weather. You just need to make sure you do it responsibly. If you don’t take the proper precautions, you could end up with skin cancer or other sun-related problems.
At the practice of Melanie L. Adams, MD, PA, in Columbia, Maryland, Dr. Adams can treat any skin problems you have. But to help keep you from getting skin cancer and other sun-related problems, Dr. Adams is providing the following tips.
Try to avoid going outside from 10am-4pm. This is when the sun is at its most powerful. If you must be outside during this time, seek shelter from the sun in a shady spot.
While anyone can develop skin cancer, some people are more prone to getting it. You may have a higher chance of getting it if:
You’ve suffered severe sunburns in the past
If any of these conditions apply to you, take extra caution when you go out in the sun.
If you go outside with exposed skin, make sure you put on sunscreen. If you leave the house, you should have it on even if you don’t plan on spending the day outside. Just be sure to choose a sunscreen that is 30 SPF or above.
Furthermore, if you plan to spend the entire day in the sun, you will need to reapply your sunscreen. And you will need to reapply it sooner and more often if your activities involve lots of sweating or getting in the water.
For the best protection, cover your skin with clothes. And for the most protection, wear clothes that come with a high UPF rating. A high UPF rating means less radiation will pass through your clothes. You should try to get clothes with a rating of 30 or higher.
You should also grab a wide-brimmed hat. This will keep your head and shoulders protected, which will help prevent melasma. Melasma causes brown or grey-brown patches to develop, usually on the face.
Some beauty products will make your skin more sensitive to the sun. If you’re not careful, you can increase the damage to your skin. Check for the following ingredients in your beauty products:
These ingredients can work wonders on your skin, so you don’t have to ditch them altogether. Just use them with caution and pay attention to how much sun exposure your skin gets.
Do you already have skin damage from being out in the sun? Dr. Adams can help you. She can evaluate your skin, check for cancer, and diagnose any issues.
If you do develop cancer, catching it early is imperative for effective treatment. Dr. Adams and her team are dedicated to helping their patients get and maintain healthy and beautiful skin.
To get more tips on protecting your skin or to have Dr. Adams evaluate any problems you may have, book an appointment online or over the phone with Melanie L. Adams, MD, PA, today.