A skin-care guide for the Orange County community.
Part of OC Skin Institute’s service as a skincare partner for residents of Orange County is our desire to help you take care of your skin long before you walk into our office. Amazingly, nearly half of all Americans who reach age 65 will develop skin cancer at least one time in their lives, so it’s never too late to start practicing these easy Sun Safety Tips:
- Shield your skin from the sun with waterproof sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher as well as UVA protection (skin of color needs it too!); or better yet …
- Limit your recreational exposure to the sun altogether.
- Even if your sunscreen is “waterproof,” it won’t hold up to excessive swimming or perspiration, so reapply it often, every two to three hours.
- If you have to be outside, try to avoid the sun when its rays are the strongest from late morning through early afternoon, and
- Wear light-colored, tightly-woven clothing and a wide-brimmed hat.
- Regularly examine your skin for any abnormalities in your moles, and visit OC Skin Institute at least once a year for skin cancer detection screenings.
It’s important to know that even if you adhere to all of these practices, you may still be at risk for skin cancer. That is why skin cancer detection is critical. Be sure to regularly check your body for skin lesions and moles, and follow up with your dermatologist if you find anything new or concerning. Even the slightest delay in followups and checkups could turn a seemingly harmless mole into something far more detrimental to your health. Here at the OC Skin Institute, we make it easy for our Orange County clients to get their moles and skin tested on a regular basis.