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AKs: What to look for
An actinic keratosis is a rough, scaly or crusty bump that forms on the surface of the skin. They are also called solar keratosis, sun spots, or precancerous spots. Dermatologists frequently refer to them as "AK's".
Check for basal cell carcinomas
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer, and it is most prevalent on the head or neck in people 40 years of age or older. Skin type and sun exposure levels are some of the primary contributing factors.
Considering a sun-drenched vacation?
Some places on the earth experience stronger ultraviolet radiation. If you are traveling near the equator or at high altitudes, your risk of sunburn increases significantly. It is always best to try to avoid excessive sun exposure between the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - this is when UV rays are the strongest.
Daily sun exposure
The amount of incidental ultraviolet radiation that we receive when we take the dog out, drive to work on a sunny day, or walk to a nearby café, accounts for 80% of all sun exposure. The cumulative effects of prolonged or unnecessary UV exposure can lead to premature aging of your skin and increase your risk for skin cancer.
Did you know that most skin cancers are curable?
When detected early, most skin cancers are curable. In fact, non-melanoma skin cancers (like basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas) can be successfully treated in over 99% of cases if they are promptly diagnosed. Both natural (sun exposure) and artificial (sunbeds) sources of UV radiation can cause skin cancer.
Don't take chances with the sun
Make sunscreen a part of your daily routine. The minerals contained in physical sunscreens, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, work by forming a surface layer on the skin that will absorb, reflect and scatter the sun's harmful UV rays before they can penetrate into the skin itself.
Early skin cancer detection
It is estimated that 1 in 5 individuals will develop skin cancer in their life. Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer, as well as being the most prevalent form of cancer. BCCs first begin in the lower layer of the epidermis (in the basal cells).
Gentle skin cleansing ...
Donot over wash your face or scrub too hard! Cleaning too often can strip away essential oils and dry out your skin. Wash your face twice a day by using a cleanser that is appropriate for your particular skin type. Lather-up the cleanser with water and massage your face in a circular motion.
Get broad spectrum protection!
Ensure that you are protected against both UVB and UVA rays. Sunlight is composed of light that we can see, and invisible ultraviolet (UV) light. There are two types of UV light, UVA and UVB. UVA light causes tanning and UVB causes sunburn, but both can damage the skin and increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
How much sunscreen is enough?
Studies have shown that the average person uses significantly less sunscreen than the amount needed to achieve the SPF listed on the label. Don't skimp when putting it on - both in terms of quantity and frequency!
Preventing age spots ...
Age spots are the result of accumulated sun exposure. The only way to prevent age spots is by practicing your sun smarts well before the age of 40 - the earlier the better.
Reduce skin cancer risk
Skin cancer usually develops in the outermost layer of skin (epidermis), consequently most tumors are easily detectable, even at the early stages.
Skin cancer prevention ...
If you are fair-skinned and over 50, you have an increased chance of developing actinic keratoses - rough scaly patches that are commonly found on sun-exposed skin. See your doctor for a confirmed diagnosis and about treatment options, since these slow-growing lesions can develop into skin cancer (squamous cell carcinoma).
Sun Care Tips and Facts---Protect Your Skin
It's summer! That means vacation, beaches, tennis and of course sun shine. Although we get Vitamin D from the sun, it is thought that you really don't need more than minutes of sunshine a week in order to get the required amount. Unfortunately there really is no such thing as a safe tan. So protect yourself and your family members with the following tips on sun care.
Sun protective clothing
Clothes can provide UV coverage. Usually, lighter colours and lightweight fabrics give little protection and a T-shirt is considered to be moderately protective.
Sunscreen making you look pale?...
Sunscreens that contain titanium or zinc provide blockage but yet they can make your skin look extra pale or even white. Try using SPF products rich in moisturizers for sun protection without the chalky look.
Take a closer look for AKs
Actinic keratoses (AKs) are skin lesions that are caused by the sun; they occur mainly on body areas that have been frequently exposed to sunlight. These growths are most commonly found on the face, hands, forearms and V of the neck, and are more prevalent among pale-skinned, fair-haired, light-eyed individuals. Actinic keratoses are considered to be pre-cancerous lesions, which mean they may become skin cancers. Any raised, reddish, rough-textured growth should be examined by a dermatologist. Remember that sun protection at any age is essential for preventing premature aging and reducing the risk of skin cancer. Even during the winter months, the daily application of an SPF15+ sunscreen, or a moisturizer containing sun protection, is highly recommended.
The truth about sunbeds ...
For those of you using indoor tanning beds, beware that artificial sunlight can be as damaging to your skin and eyes as the real thing. In fact, artificial UV rays from tanning beds and sunlamps can be as much as 20 times stronger than natural sunlight.
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UV damaged skin can benefit from glucosamine
Are you starting to notice signs of skin aging? Years of fun in the sun or accumulated routine exposure eventually catches up with us, but there’s help available.
UV protection during the winter
UV radiation is generally more intense during summer than in the winter. However, depending on the altitude of the location where you live and play, UV levels during the winter can still cause photodamage to your skin.
UV protection for your childs eyes
UV radiation is not only damaging to your skin, but to your eyes as well. In particular, the eyes of younger children are even more susceptible to sustaining impairment caused by the suns harmful rays.
UV protection for your eyes
Don't forget your sunglasses, even during the winter season. Eyes, like skin, are very susceptible to ultraviolet radiation, and the intensity of UV rays is present all year long. Sunglasses can play an essential part in maintaining proper eye care.
Whats the secret to great skin? ...
Not surprisingly, the state of your skin is affected by a combination of your genes, nutrition, general health, emotional well-being and exercise. With today’s hectic lifestyles, keeping a positive outlook and minimizing stress and anxiety can be an ongoing challenge.