Skin care is important, even during a pandemic

Skin care is important, even during a pandemic

By Life@TheU

Skin care is important, even during a pandemic

By Life@TheU
Learn from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and UHealth experts about the best ways to be safe while still enjoying the sun.

Protecting your skin and eyes from sun damage and high temperatures can be a year-round job when living in the Sunshine State. From dodging rashes to debunking skin cancer myths to finding the right protection from the sun, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and UHealth experts discuss how to stay safe while trying to beat the heat.

Bust skin cancer myths.

Dr. Jennifer Tang, a dermatology expert with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Miami Health System shared that every summer glow or tanning session causes cellular damage—even for those with darker pigmentation and skin tones. In fact, the misconception that darker skin is safer to tan is perhaps one of the most dangerous skin cancer myths. Dr. Tang explained that melanomas may not be easy to see on darker skin tones and are often diagnosed later, making them more difficult to treat. Read more about common skin cancer myths and get expert advice on how to spot melanomas on your own skin.

The SPF makes a difference.

While it’s common to wear sunscreen at the beach or during periods of prolonged sun exposure, experts agree that sun prevention is an everyday task. In fact, Dr. Jonette Keri, a dermatologist with the University of Miami Health System, explained that while sunscreen may prevent sunburns, an SPF greater than 15 should be used in order to protect against skin cancer and wrinkles. Even then, the sunscreen—whichever you choose—should be reapplied every one and a half to two hours. With many brands and options available, it’s understandable that sun protection can be overwhelming. Read more from Dr. Keri  about the types of sunscreen that work best based on your needs.

Your eyes need protection, too.

Dr. Carol Karp, an ophthalmologist at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute who specializes in cancers of the eye in collaboration with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, pointed out that many people are shocked to discover that sun damage can cause cancers on the surface of the eye and eyelidsnoting that sunglasses are just as important as sunscreen. Dr. Karp explained that there are many variables when it comes to selecting effective eye protection and that higher costs don’t necessarily mean greater protection. Get  tips on how to choose the best shades for your lifestyle.

Relief from hot-weather rashes.

In South Florida, hot temperatures usually mean increased sweating, which often contributes to unwelcomed skin conditions. While many common rashes—caused by an overgrowth of yeast or fungus—are not cause for alarm, it’s important to know how to identify and treat whatever comes your way. Dr. Andrea Maderal, a dermatology expert with the University of Miami Health System, breaks down the differences between common skin conditions and provides direction on the best ways to get relief. 

Access the medical care you need at a UHealth facility or via telehealth by scheduling an appointment. Find additional information about scheduling or call 305-243-4000.  

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