Most of us have suffered from sunburn at one time or another in our lives. In fact, we’ve all probably seen more than just one sunburn when we looked in the mirror following a long day in the sun. But the truth about sunburn starts and ends with the fact that it can be hazardous. That’s why it’s important to prevent it whenever you can. And you can. You don’t have to suffer from sunburn; you just need to prevent it. There are a lot of things most of us don’t know about sunburn. For instance, did you know that just one blistering sunburn can double your chances of getting melanoma? It’s true. Suffering from just a single bad sunburn in childhood or adolescence can nearly double your risk of developing certain skin cancers. Here are more facts about sunburn you likely didn’t know, brought to you by dermatologists in New Jersey who care about your skin.
Once the gloriously warm and sunny days of late Spring or Summer arrive, slowly we begin to show a little more skin to the rest of the world. First, the tee-shirts and shorts get pulled out of the drawer, followed by sandals. No one wants their skin to be the same color as Swiss cheese – we want to look healthy and vibrant.
Well, it’s wonderful to sport that sun-kissed glow, but here are a few facts that might make you re-think that coveted golden brown skin. For example:
- Did you know that skin cancer is the most common of all cancers and accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States?
- More than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in this country each year.
Take heart though, because, unlike other forms of cancer, all skin cancers are highly treatable if found early.
Protect Skin from Sun Damage
With summer fast approaching, there are so many feelings of excitement in the air as everyone prepares for vacations, trips to the beach, and spending quality time with friends and family. Indeed, with sunnier days comes an increase in outdoor activities as people are more inclined to venture outside and enjoy the warmer weather ahead of them. This also means there is an increase in exposure to direct sunlight and in turn, more exposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. While natural sunlight is undoubtedly important for a healthy dose of Vitamin D, there are still risks involved with overexposure to the sun. Beyond dry, peeling and even blistered skin due to sunburn, there is also the increased risk of developing skin cancer. To avoid such health implications, protect your skin during the summer by following these simple daily health tips for a fun, yet safe summer season. Continue reading
You read that right… your skin is not only an organ, it’s the biggest organ in your body. Face it… your skin is everywhere! Regardless of your shape or size, your skin is huge. In fact, at this very moment, you’ve got about 19 million skin cells… per square inch … which equals about 20 feet of skin! And all those varied areas of skin all over your body can make it tough to care for, especially considering the fact that the skin in different areas of your body gets different types of exposures. That means that each area’s skin requires different types of care. Think about it. The skin on your face is vastly different from, say, the skin on your feet, isn’t it? Just one reason is because the skin on your face is constantly exposed to the world, whereas the skin on your feet isn’t. Another reason is because the skin on your feet gets a whole different kind of beating compared to that of your face. So what do you do to care for the various areas of skin located all over your body? Here are some tips from dermatologists about how to care for the many different types of skin your body contains.
Everyone loves the magic and allure of a winter wonderland, with its Christmas sparkle and rich, crystal beauty. But nobody loves what winter’s harsh winds and dry air can do to their skin. First, there are those harmful UV rays. Did you know they can age you faster than just about everything else? This is a fact, which is why you not only need sunscreen on those days you head out for a sunny day at the beach; you also need it through the winter to minimize the sun’s effects, especially for skin cancer prevention. Then there’s the cold. Those frosty winds whipping around your face and other skin surfaces can dry out your skin, leaving it rough and scaly. And, finally, because of all those frigid temps, you’re likely turning up the heat inside your home, which is like adding insult to injury on your poor skin cells. And there you have it… the perfect combination for turning soft, supple skin into a veritable alligator bag. Following are some tips from dermatologists in New Jersey on how to prevent sun damage to skin in winter.
So you’ve survived the harsh climate changed winter and you’re looking forward to bathing in the hot sun. Yet your skin has been wrapped up for months and you need some way to prepare for the different challenges posed by sunshine. Here are seven skincare tips for when it’s hot out, as told by skincare experts and echoed by certified dermatologists in New Jersey. Some of these gems of advice are meant to make you look pretty, while others are meant to protect your health, such as drinking water and using sunscreen. Continue reading
Skin Cancer Prevention
The incidence of skin cancer is on the rise in the United States. Although statistics show that some cancer rates are down, the fact is that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer being diagnosed in the country. Skin cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer, since the causes are often due to certain behaviors that can be avoided. And yet the recent rise in skin cancer cases may be seen as proof that this type of cancer may not be taken quite as seriously as other types of cancer. Following is information on the demographics of skin cancer incidence throughout the country, as well as steps that can be taken to help prevent the development of the many types of skin cancer. Continue reading
In the summer months, your skin is more likely to dry out and become unhealthy. It is also more susceptible to harmful UV rays that can cause skin cancer. There are a few measures that you can take for skin cancer prevention, such as using a proper SPF protectant. It is suggested that when you will be in direct sunlight for a prolonged period of time that you should use an SPF 30 product or higher, this includes in makeup and lip gloss products as well. Continue reading
New Jersey residents excitedly embrace the summertime months. While the weather is enjoyable, it can also wreak havoc on the skin. Summertime will require that special attention be given to the skin in order to keep it healthy and in good shape. The dermatologist can suggest many ways to protect the skin during the harsh summer months. Here are just a few tips for how to care for the skin in summer.
Think About the Basics
One of the best ways to protect the skin’s health is to protect it from overexposure to the sun. Whenever it is possible, avoid the sun from 10 am to 4 pm which is the time of day that the sun is most dangerous. Even when it is cloudy it is a good idea to wear sun block that offers at least 15 SPF and contains titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. These two ingredients block both UVB and UVA rays from damaging the skin. Whenever you are going to be out in the sun for more than 15 minutes it is a good idea to wear sunscreen. Continue reading
As soon as the weather permits, New Jersey residents head outside to enjoy the warm sunshine. Most people are very aware of the importance of protecting the skin by using sun screen, but many are unaware of the importance of protecting the lips with lip balm. Most of us do not think about the chances of developing lip cancer, but they are as real as the chances for developing any type of skin cancer. Our lips are an essential part of our body and really worth protecting. They help us eat and talk properly; and they even provide a measure of protection from eating foods that are too hot or too cold. Yet we tend to take them for granted. Continue reading