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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and it is the number one cancer in people ages 24 to 29. That’s why there is an awareness campaign to protect yourself against harmful rays.
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, but it is preventable and treatable if caught early. Dermatologists want to bring attention to the importance of protecting your skin from the sun.
There are several things you can do to reduce your risk. The first is don’t burn. A person’s risk for melanoma doubles with five or more sunburns at any point in life. Also, avoid tanning and tanning beds.
Dr. Jenifer Lloyd says you should always opt for a sunblock instead of a sunscreen.
“A sunblock physically blocks all of the rays from the sun. It sits on the surface of the skin and works instantly. If you put sunblock on right now, you could go outside right away,” Lloyd said. “A sunscreen is a chemical that interacts with the top layer of your skin, and you have to put it on 30 minutes before you go outside for that reaction to take place.”
Lloyd says there isn’t any FDA criteria for labels when it comes to sunblock and sunscreen. In order to know what you are buying, she says you have to look at the ingredients. Sunblock should contain zinc, titanium and iron oxide.
There are many products that make it easy to protect your skin, and many are not greasy. Lloyd wears a powder sunscreen daily. She also recommends protective clothing.
“Sun protective clothing you don’t have to reapply; you just simply put it on and it protects you all day. It’s lightweight, it’s airy, it’s breathable and much better than a cotton t-shirt. A cotton t-shirt has an SPF of 8, especially when it’s wet. This clothing has an SPF of 50 to 100.”
Detection is also an important factor. Lloyd recommends getting your skin checked by a dermatologist at least once a year. You should also be examining your skin and moles at home. If you notice a change in an existing mole or discover any new spot that doesn’t heal after several weeks, see a doctor immediately.
There are several free apps for your mobile devices that can help you map, measure and monitor moles.
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YOUNGSTOWN (WKBN) The month of May is Melanoma Awareness Month. Dermatologist Jenifer Lloyd, with Lloyd Dermatology and Laser Center, in Youngstown, says there are many ways to help protect your skin from the sun.
Lloyd says sun-protective clothing is highly effective, and can be found at most local retailers. She also recommends using sunblock every day, and apply it before you head out the door. She says to use certain SPF sunblocks depending on your daily routine.
“For me, the sun was rising, when I got here this morning. It will be down before I leave. For me, a 30 is fine for me today, because I’m not likely to go outside. If you’re going to be outside, on vacation, I’m going to go for the 50 plus, because I’m going to be out longer. I’ll need that sun protection,” she says.
Lloyd also says there is a time of the day when the sun’s rays can be stronger. That’s anywhere between the hours of 10AM and 2PM.
“When your shadow is longer than your are, you don’t need to worry about it so much. Once your shadow is shorter than you, you need to be concerned. That’s an easy way to remember,” she continues.
Lloyd tells First News tanning beds are not good for your skin at all. She says she can’t say how many patients she had as teenagers, who now have melanoma.
She says most products are water resistant up to 40 to 80 minutes. It’s always best to reapply, even on cloudy days, when 80 percent of the sun’s rays can reach earth.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Memorial Day is in one week and the kickoff to summer is the prime time to wear your sunscreen. But there’s something else you should think about when it comes to protecting your skin.
How many hours a day do you spend on a device?
Dylan Berg said she uses her phone frequently.
“I’m on my phone until like, 2 in the morning. It’s the first thing I check when I wake up,” she said.
Berg isn’t alone.
Many people can’t do without their phone, tablet, and laptop. Frequent use of those devices may come at a cost, however.
Dermatologists said the LED glow is damaging the delicate skin on our faces. That glow is called High Energy Visible Light, or HEV light.
“It’s visible light, so the sky is blue because of the blue light. You find it outside, you find it on your computer screens, you find it on your tablets and things like that,” Dr. Jenifer Lloyd said.
Lloyd runs a dermatology practice in Boardman. She said HEV light can cause premature aging.
“Now associating tablets from High Energy Light from those devices, it starts with freckles and age spots, premature wrinkling, things like that.”
Lloyd said HEV light hasn’t yet been associated with skin cancer, just minor aging damage. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think about it.
“It wasn’t until years after tanning and sun exposure that we made the connection of skin cancers, and I think the same will be true of the younger generation who are growing up spending hours and hours of their total lives in front of these devices,” she said.
So how can you protect yourself from the light coming from your cell phone, tablet, or laptop?
One way is with a special lotion — not just regular sunscreen.
“A sunscreen only protects you from UVA and UVB, and does not protect you from visible light. So you want to switch over to something with zinc, titanium, or iron oxide,” Lloyd said.
There are also some antioxidant products that claim to help protect from HEV rays.
Aside from what you can put on your face, you can also get a screen or filter for your phone or tablet that will protect you from exposure. Lloyd said those items are inexpensive.
Most smart devices have an option to go into night mode. If you enable it, the screen has more of an orange glow.
For consumers interested in looking for the products that help protect from HEV lights Dr. Lloyd mentioned, a variety of stores carry those special lotions, from big-box stores, to beauty suppliers, to online retailers.
Look for products that specifically claim to help protect from HEV light. They typically range in cost from $12 to around $55.
BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – People will go above and beyond to get rid of acne and other blemishes on their face. The newest trend is using a charcoal face mask to literally pull off unwanted imperfections.
The masks are made of a mixture of activated charcoal and liquid glue, or people can buy them online. After the mixture is applied to the face, you wait a couple of minutes for it to dry before pulling it off.
But, how reliable and safe can this new method be?
“What it’s doing is actually ripping off your stratum corneum, and by doing that it’s stripping your skin of what it needs to protect itself,” said Boardman dermatologist Jenifer Lloyd.
The stratum corneum is the outermost layer of the epidermis. It’s composed of 15 to 20 layers of dead and flattened cells.
Lloyd works at The Lloyd Dermatology and Laser Center, which was founded by her father. She is not a fan of the masks.
“The screaming that people do in the YouTube videos is because you are actually ripping out the little vellus hair follicle and it can cause folliculitis,” Lloyd said.
Folliculitis is when these tiny hair follicles get infected.
“When you pull it off, you actually see the little hair casts, and that’s why they think they are pulling off blackheads and things like that,” Lloyd said.
She says the best thing you can do is go to your dermatologist and get long-term products that can keep blemishes from forming in the first place.