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Protect the skin you’re in

 

“Minimize the effects of skin damage and premature aging by always using a sunscreen,” states Dr. Steffes.  Here are some other tips to protect the skin you’re in.

 

  • Avoid getting sun burnt – if you have five or more sunburns, your risk of developing skin cancer doubles.
  • Avoid using tanning beds – the number of skin cancer cases, including melanomas, increased significantly in Iceland when tanning salons were introduced into the country. Iceland is a country where people have relatively very little sunlight exposure.
  • Avoid tanning – sunbathing may make you look nice, but it also ages the skin and increases your risk of developing skin cancer.
  • Clothing – wear long-sleeved shirts, pants (instead of shorts), a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses when out in the sun.
  • Stay in the shade – the sun’s damaging rays are at their peak from 10am to 4pm. During these times, stay in the shade.
  • Be careful with reflections – the sun’s UV rays reflect off snow, water and sand.
  • Be aware of the UV index – it provides useful data when you plan to be outside and want to avoid too much UV exposure.
  • Avoid tanning oils – as they do not protect from UV light, they can, in fact, increase your risk of becoming sun burnt.
  • A suntan does not protect the skin – skin damage still occurs, even if you have a suntan. It is a myth to think that building up a base tan will protect you from sunburn. A tan is a sign of damaged skin.

 

For the full article, visit: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/245951.php

 

About Burt Steffes MD

Burt Steffes is a Board Certified Dermatologist. He graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He currently sees patients in Fond du Lac, Mayville, and Waupun.

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