Sunscreen 101: FAQs about Summer Protection

Now that summer is in full swing, it’s important to educate yourself on the sun. From baseball games to pool parties, it’s the season to be “out and about;” however, are you aware how damaging the sun can truly be to your skin?

At the Dermatology Medical Group Inc., we understand the importance of good, healthy skin. After all, when you look your best, you also feel your best. Therefore, we’ve put together this page to showcase some important facts (and frequently asked questions) regarding the number one protection from the summer sun: sunscreen.

Q: Who needs sunscreen?

A: Everyone who is or plans on being exposed to the sun should wear sunscreen. Though it’s not 100 percent guaranteed, the use of sunscreen can help prevent skin cancer from forming. Anyone is prone to skin cancer, despite age or race.

Q: How often should I put on sunscreen?

A: According to the American Cancer Society, it’s best to put on sunscreen as early in the day as possible. Also, apply it to your body regularly, and always use a fair amount. Specifically, it’s recommended to put sunscreen on at least thirty minutes before going outside, and then once again every two hours. In short, you cannot use too much sunscreen, or apply too often.

Q: What factors should I look for in a sunscreen?

A: According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it’s important to buy sunscreen that offers the following:

  • Protection against UVA and UVB rays
  • SPF 30 or higher
  • Water resistance
  • These facts can help protect your skin from sunburn, aging skin, and skin cancer.

Q: Is sunscreen safe?

A: Scientists support the benefits of using sunscreen to help minimize damage to the skin from the sun. Further, sunscreen can reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Q: How do I treat a sunburn?

A: It’s best to treat a sunburn as soon as you can. You can try different options, including cool baths, moisturizer, hydrocortisone cream, and ibuprofen. It’s also recommended to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.

Though everyone wants to have “fun in the sun” during the summer, it’s beneficial to your health to fully recognize and understand the dangers of extreme exposure to the sun.

To learn more about the importance of skin care, contact the Dermatology Medical Group Inc. by calling 415-362-2238. Take care of your skin, because no one is going to do it for you.