Year round beautiful sunny weather is one of the best benefits of living in Southwest Florida. However, constant sun exposure can take a serious toll on your skin. We are constantly barraged with UVA and UVB radiation, which contributes to premature skin aging and skin cancer. Fortunately, there are many tools available to help maintain young and beautiful skin.
Sunscreen is the foundation of a solid skin care regimen. It is vital to wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day, rain or shine, and reapply after a few hours of wear. There are many new formulations of sunscreens available to make application and reapplication easy. Therefore, seek out products already containing SPF in order to prevent skin cancer, decrease signs of aging and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Another solid skin care regimen is the proper cleansing routine tailored to your needs. A cleansing routine is vital to preventing damage and also correcting any previous problems. Make sure to wash skin with a gentle cleanser that targets any concerns you may have, such as acne. Then, use a gentle toner, which will help balance the pH of the skin. And lastly, use a moisturizer and products that best target the needs of your skin. Based on your age, gender, and skin type, your skin care provider can recommend which products will meet your needs.
People with healthy skin also perform monthly skin self-exams to check for any new or changing areas on their body. By familiarizing yourself with your skin, you are able to note any changes and bring these to the attention of your doctor.
While there are many things you should be doing to protect your skin, there are also things you should NOT be doing.
Do NOT go in the sun between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm when UV rays are the strongest, and do NOT use tanning beds. Unfortunately, skin cancers are increasing at an alarming rate, including melanoma — the fatal form of skin cancer. There is no such thing as a “healthy tan”. Tanning represents damage to the skin from the sun and is never healthy.
Do NOT pick or scratch at lesions on the skin. Scratching can exacerbate skin conditions and result in infections and scarring.
Do NOT use products containing a harsh exfoliant. Harsh exfoliants can irritate the skin and exacerbate sensitive skin conditions such as rosacea.
Do NOT ignore your skin. People with healthy skin take steps to develop a strong skin care regimen, and follow up with their dermatologist when they notice any changing lesions or areas of concern.
Treating any skin conditions or concerns is of course important to developing health skin. Many skin concerns are easily diagnosed and treated by a skin care provider.
Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is chronic itchy, dry, sensitive skin. It is common in children, but also occurs in adults. It may appear as round, circular, scaly patches or as splotchy, white patches. The cornerstone of eczema treatment is maintaining moisture in the skin. Your dermatologist can suggest which products and prescriptions are best for your condition.
Seborrheic dermatitis is a skin condition that concerns many, as well. This manifests as chronic flaking and scaling of the skin and scalp. Seborrhea is not contagious, but is chronic, and can last from weeks to years. Fortunately, your dermatologist can develop a skincare regimen to control the symptoms and prevent flares of the condition.
Rosacea is a chronic condition of the face characterized by redness, flushing, and pustules. The condition can affect people of all ages and is exacerbated by spicy foods, alcohol, caffeine, heat, and stress. Untreated, rosacea can result in permanent dilation of the blood vessels on the face. Your health professional will develop a treatment regimen, which can include a combination of oral and topical medications to treat rosacea.
Developing and maintaining radiant, healthy skin is easy when you follow a few simple Do’s and Don’ts, and visit your skin care provider regularly. Remember, your dermatologist can address any concerns you may have and partner with you to develop the best regimen to maximize your skin’s sun protection and health. And by following these recommendations, you can enjoy everything sunny Southwest Florida has to offer with the knowledge that you are effectively caring for and protecting your skin.
- Dr. A. Aurora Badia is a Board Certified Dermatologist. She opened Florida Skin Center in July 2001, specializing in medical dermatology for children and adults. For more information, call (239) 561-DERM or visit www.floridaskincenter.com.
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