According to the American Academy of Dermatology, upward of 161,790 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in the United States in 2017 alone. The deadliest and most common form of cancer claims nearly 10,000 American lives per year – a figure that reflects one death per hour. For many across the nation, May’s rising temperatures means the start of lots of days spent outside – and a heightened risk of developing melanoma. That’s why May is designated Skin Cancer Awareness Month, a national campaign designed to educate the masses on the risks and leading causes of melanoma.
The leading cause of melanoma is exposure to UV light and sunlight, accounting for some 90 percent of cases. Many, particularly teens and young adults, erroneously believe that tanning beds offer a safe alternative. In fact, exposure to tanning beds before age 30 can boost a person’s risk of developing melanoma by 75 percent.
To protect your skin from the dangers of melanoma and sun-induced premature aging, limit your time in the sun, particularly between 10am and 4pm when the sun’s rays are strongest, and skip tanning beds altogether. When you do venture out, wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30 every day. A top choice is Revision Skin Care’s Intellishade, an SPF 45 sunscreen, anti-aging moisturizer and sheer tint with a powerful wrinkle-reducing peptide.
If your skin already is showing signs of sun-induced aging, there are ways to correct the damage. Consider a chemical peel or microdermabrasion. Both are customized, noninvasive treatments that gently but effectively remove the damaged outer layers of skin, revealing a smoother, tighter, younger-looking complexion.
To schedule your restorative skincare consultation or peruse our top-shelf products, call 904-396-1186 or stop by our Southside location on Gate Parkway.
May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Week.
The summertime is here and all of Northeast Florida is headed outdoors for days of fun in the sun. If you’re beach-bound, poolside or on the links, remember that protected skin is beautiful skin. To that end, each May is celebrated as National Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery offers a few tips for taking care of your most alluring asset.
- Check your skin daily: Watch for the appearance of moles or any changes in existing moles, including changes in color, shape or symmetry. While your face, shoulders, arms and legs are the most obvious spots to check, remember that signs of skin cancer can appear anywhere on the body. If you spot one, see a dermatologist as soon as possible.
- Cover up: Make a fashion statement that says you love your skin. Large-brimmed hats, lightweight jackets and those 1970s-inspired maxi dresses that are all the rage right now will impress while also protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
- Be adamant about sunblock: A recent survey shows that upward of 20 percent of American women forego wearing sunscreen when spending time outdoors. That’s a big mistake, skincare experts and aestheticians say. Parkway Plastic Surgery recommends a high- sun protection factor moisturizer like Intellishade® SPF 45, a three-in-one sunscreen, anti-aging moisturizer and sheer tint. It’s available in two formulas, both of which include a powerful wrinkle-reducing peptide and – more importantly – provide broad spectrum UVA & UVB coverage. Apply it at least 20 minutes before going out into the sun and reapply it regularly throughout the day, particularly if you swim or perspire.
If you’ve already sustained sun damage to your skin, know that corrective options are available. A top choice is microdermabrasion, a non-invasive aesthetic procedure that lightly sloughs off the top layer of your skin to reveal smoother, tighter more radiant skin, stimulates new skin growth and boosts production of collagen, a protein in your skin that’s abundant during childhood and makes skin appear taut and smooth.
Parkway Plastic Surgery offers microdermabrasion treatments customized for your unique skin needs, as well as a range of top-shelf skincare products and vitamins. Call 904-396-1186 to schedule a consultation today.