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Summer Sun Safety

 

Jenny Potter PA-C discusses summer skin damage and how how to prevent it with WFMJ on the Morning Show.

 

Jenny Potter PA-C on WFMJ- Click the photo to watch her interview. 

 

Check out our Sun Protection Tips below!

 

  • What are the basics of sun safety?
  1. Wear sunscreen
  2. Wear protective clothing – New clothing brands with Ultraviolent Protection Factor (UPF) with bathing suits, wide-brimmed hats, shirts, pants, dresses, etc. (Coolibar, Cabana Life, UV Skinz, Columbia “Omni-Shade”)
    1. A typical T-shirt has SPF less than 15, and a wet T-shirt offers much less UV protection.
  3. Seek Shade. “If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.” The sun is strongest between 10AM and 2PM.

 

  • What’s the difference between sunblock and sunscreen?
    • All sunblocks and sunscreens are now called “sunscreens” per the FDA.
      • Chemical Sunscreens take about 15 min to take effect.
      • Physical blocker sunscreens use Zinc oxide or Titanium dioxide and work immediately.

 

  • What kind of sunscreen should I use? How should I apply it?
    • Look for “broad-spectrum”, which means that it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
      • UVB burns you, and UVA ages you (goes through glass and clouds). Both can cause skin cancer.
    • Use at least SPF 30. Higher SPF can block more UV rays; however, no sunscreen can block 100% of UVB rays. They all last the same amount of time.
    • Make sure it says “water-resistant” if swimming or sweating. No sunscreen can be called “waterproof” or “sweat proof” any longer.
    • Reapply every 2 hours, or more frequently if swimming/sweating.
    • The best sunscreen is the one you’re going to use.
    • FDA requires all sunscreens retain their original strength for at least 3 years (write the date of purchase on the bottle). If expired, throw it out.
    • Don’t use Sunscreen and insect repellant combination The sunscreen needs to be applied generously and more frequently than insect repellant; therefore, they should be used separately.
    • Avoid exposing babies younger than 6 months to the sun’s rays. Photoprotective clothing is a great option for infants. Sunscreens with Zinc oxide or Titanium dioxide can cause less irritation to infants’ sensitive skin.

 

  • When should I wear sunscreen?
    • Wear sunscreen every day on your face and other sun-exposed regions.
    • Apply chemical sunscreens to dry skin 15 minutes BEFORE going outdoors. Remember the lips with a lip balm with SPF and your eyes with Sunglasses!

 

  • Who should wear sunscreen?
    • Everyone needs to wear sunscreen. Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of age, gender or race. It’s estimated that 1/5 Americans develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Skin cancer is highly treatable when caught early.

 

  • What about getting a “base tan”?
    • There is no such thing as a “healthy” tan. Getting a “base tan” will not protect you from the damaging UV rays.
    • Please avoid tanning beds!!! We’re seeing younger and younger patients with melanoma and other skin cancers secondary to tanning bed use. And they cause you to age more quickly!

 

  • What about getting enough Vitamin D?
    • You can get your adequate Vitamin D through a healthy diet that may include supplements. Please discuss with your doctor.

 


Protecting Your Skin From The Sun

Protecting Your Skin from the Sun- VIDEO HERE

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.


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