How to prevent sun damage in the summer

Skin cancer is a scary diagnosis. However, many patients can avoid the development of this condition by working with their dermatologist to develop a skin care and protection “plan of action.” Many patients are unsure as to the proper steps they can take to not only avoid sunburn, but any type of damage to the skin during the hot, sunny summer months. At Harris Dermatology, our providers in the Fort Myers and Naples, FL area are pleased to offer patients tips and recommendations regarding the protection of their skin while spending their time at family reunions, barbeques, and summer concerts in the sun!

Tips for protecting the skin and preventing sun damage

UVA and UVB rays from the sun can not only cause the skin to burn, but can result in an increased risk of skin cancer and the development of photodamage. To keep the skin healthy, patients should consider the following recommendations from our team here at Harris Dermatology for sun protection:

  • Wear sunblock every day! The skin is exposed to sunlight even when you’re sitting by your office window 8 hours a day. Protect the skin by applying sunblock on exposed skin such as the face and hands even when indoors.
  • Use broad-band sunblock. The sun projects UVA and UVB rays, so use a broad-band or dual-spectrum sunblock that protects against both.
  • Avoid the sun if possible during the times of the day when it is at its strongest. This is typically between the hours of 10am and 4pm.
  • Reapply sunscreen as needed. Follow the directions for application on the sunblock label. Most should be reapplied every few hours, while others may need to be reapplied more if sweating or swimming.
  • Visit the dermatologist for a screening. Skin cancer screenings should be completed annually to increase the chance of an early diagnosis and effective treatment in the earliest stages.

Call Harris Dermatology today!

With two convenient locations in the areas of Naples and Fort Myers, Florida, Drs. Brian Harris, Ross Harris, and Keith Harris can provide patients with the care they need. Call one of our practices today to schedule an appointment and learn about the ways to protect the skin from sun damage and reduce your risk of skin cancer.

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