Sunburns Now Can Lead To Big Problems Later
By Dr. Reginald B. Henry, III, dermatologist, Sentara Dermatology Specialists in Norfolk, Virginia
Norfolk, VA (April 19, 2011) – There is no such thing as a safe tan. The sun's ultraviolet rays damage skin. Both suntans and sunburns are signs of skin damage.
Dr. Reginald B. Henry, III, dermatologist, Sentara Dermatology Specialists in Norfolk, Virginia
While the best protection is shade, sunscreen can also help prevent skin damage, wrinkles and reduce the risk of skin cancer.
9 Tips for Saving your Skin
Wear sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30. Reapply after swimming and sweating. Be sure to get exposed skin like your face, nose, shoulders, neck and tops of ears — and don’t forget your lips.
If swimming, use waterproof sunscreen.
Remember to apply sunscreen to the tops of your ears.
Wear sunscreen even on overcast days - ultraviolet rays are still present.
Protect your nose and face by wearing a brimmed hat in the sun.
Seek shade, when possible.
If you're spending the entire day at the beach, have a beach umbrella. If gardening takes you into the yard, plan your work for shaded areas during the most intense times of the day.
Minimize sun exposure from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. which is the most intense time of day.
Consider clothing made from fabrics providing 30+ SPF all-day sun protection.
For more information:
Join a live web chat about the dangers of skin cancer and especially melanomas from a physician with the Sentara Cancer Network, Dr. Victor Archie, radiation oncologist with Virginia Oncology Associates.
Go to www.dailypress.com April 20 at noon for the one hour live web chat with this expert.
American Cancer Society - Skin Cancer Facts
Sentara Cancer Network
Sentara Cancer Network - Skin Cancer
Sentara Dermatology Specialists
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