Summer’s here and the time is right…

So, summer’s here, and the time is right, for “dancing in the street” (Mama’s and the Papa’s) or “fighting in the streets”(Rolling Stones).  Well, whatever you do in the streets and especially on the beaches, don’t forget the sun screen.

Remember to:

  1. Use at least 1 oz/application
  2. Apply 15′ before exposure
  3. Reapply every 3 hours or so, especially if bathing or engaged in activities involving profuse sweating
  4. Remember “tricky areas” like the backs of feet and knees, tops of ears, back of the neck, even the soles of your feet
  5. Extra protection for areas with freckles or moles
  6. Creams and lotions are probably more effective than sprays

The concern for melanoma–relatively rare but severe form of skin cancer–must be respected with increased sun exposure.  Many factors increase the risk, including fair skin, sunburn, multiple or atypical moles (>5mm), family history of skin cancer and melanoma, history of a variety of non-dermatologic cancers (thyroid, lymphoma, leukemia), as well as certain autoimmune disorders like Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, so be extra conscientious about sunscreen in these situations.

Be sure to contact me or your dermatologist for lesions that develop :

  • bleeding
  • color change
  • inflammation
  • itching
  • open sores
  • pain
  • change in size
  • change in texture

Remember that coloring from the sun is the skin’s attempt to limit the damage done from that UV light exposure and that the effects of that damage are cumulative over a lifetime.  No one is young and beautiful forever but tell your sons and DAUGHTERS that they can stay beautiful longer if they treat their skin well.  Another good thing to remember is that there is no chemical protection that can match a hat on your head or a shirt on your back.

And as always: common sense.  Its the summer.  So be careful, but go outside and have fun.

Send along questions or comments, and thanks for following

 

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