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Sunscreen Tips to Reduces Skin Cancer Risks

Posted on 11. Jun, 2012 by in Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Sunscreen

 
Sunscreen Tips
Sunscreen Tips

Summer to most means family vacations, poolside relaxation and plenty of beach fun; sun damage and sunburns! Most people do not realize that skin cancer is the #1 cancer in America.  Many of us have suffered more than five sunburns in our lifetime, that alone increases doubles our skin cancer risk.

Here at Abrams Dermatology we suggest; Sunscreen that have at least an SPF of 30 and reapplication every 2-3 hours when outside even on an overcast day.

Sunscreen should be applied liberally enough to all sun-exposed areas that it forms a film when initially applied.

Sunscreen should be applied liberally enough to all sun-exposed areas that it forms a film when initially applied.

People must realize that 70-80% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays can get through the clouds. Remember, sand reflects intensifying the suns effect.

 

Sunscreens should contain UVA & UVB protection. UVA is the deep penetration that is invisible to the naked eye. (Until later in life in the form of wrinkles, coarsening of the skin and the potential of Melanoma) UBV is the very superficial damage that we see (sunburn).  Casual expose will give you the Vitamin D necessary, no need to bake all day long!

 
Most instructions on sunscreen labels recommend reapplying sunscreen "frequently", but the definition of "frequently" is vague. A common instruction is to reapply sunscreen after 2-4 hours in the sun. However, one study has shown that reapplying sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes after being in the sun is more effective than waiting 2 hours.

Most instructions on sunscreen labels recommend reapplying sunscreen "frequently", but the definition of "frequently" is vague. A common instruction is to reapply sunscreen after 2-4 hours in the sun. However, one study has shown that reapplying sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes after being in the sun is more effective than waiting 2 hours.

To protect your skin from free radicals we suggest the Obagi C serum line. Obagi C delivers more L ascorbic acid into the skin and remains longer than any other leading Vitamin C product. Thus, protecting our skin from environmental insults, which hasten the aging process.  Keeping your skin smoother and more radiant.

 
 
 

For sunscreen protection we use Elta MD.  The Elta MD line contains both UVA and UVB coverage. Elta MD has a micronized Zinc Oxide providing the broadest protection from the suns harmful rays.

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