Summertime Tips to Prevent Skin Cancer and Other Skin-Related Issues

Summer is a great time for enjoying outdoor activities. Many of us love swimming, playing ball, and having picnics in the park. But the downside of summer fun is that it brings sun exposure.

While exposure to the sun is an excellent way to get vitamin D, it also presents risks. Sun exposure can cause skin-related issues, such as skin cancer. In this blog, David Stoll, MD, of  Stoll Dermatology in Beverly Hills, California, provides tips on how to keep your skin protected this summer.

Wear sunscreen

Wearing sunscreen is the simplest and most obvious way to help keep your skin from getting skin cancer. Skin cancer is very common. In fact, more than 3 million people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer every year. 

And even when it’s not summer, the sun’s ultraviolet rays are still present. Wear a sunscreen with a rating of 30 SPF or higher, and make sure to reapply it every couple of hours, especially if you get sweaty or go in the water.

Wear the appropriate clothing

Clothing and hats can help protect you from the ultraviolet rays of the sun. Wear a hat with a wide brim to shield your face from the sun, and wear long sleeves and light-colored clothing to protect the rest of your body. Furthermore, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.

Limit exposure during prime hours

The sun’s rays are the most intense during 10am — 4pm, so avoid going outside during these hours for extended periods of time whenever possible. 

Prevent summer-related acne breakouts

Acne breakouts are more common in the summer, because sweat can get trapped on your skin. A skin condition called prickly heat has a similar cause. You can help prevent breakouts by taking the following precautions:

Protect yourself against dry and irritated skin

During the summer, the intensity of the sun’s rays, the drying effects of air conditioning, and the exposure to pool chemicals can all dry out your skin. To prevent discomfort and irritation, try some of these strategies:

Make an appointment with a dermatologist

A dermatologist can help you with any skin issues that come up in the summer. Common conditions, such as swimmer’s itch, folliculitis, and the issues mentioned above can occur more often in the summer.

To discuss all your skin care concerns, book an appointment online or over the phone with Stoll Dermatology today.

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