Too Little, Too Old And Infrequent – How to Avoid Common Sunscreen Mistakes

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Too Little, Too Old And Infrequent

How to Avoid Common Sunscreen Mistakes

(PHOENIX)– It’s the most important product you can put on your skin and too many people aren’t applying it correctly. Sunscreen can help prevent skin cancer, sunburns and premature skin aging but only if used properly. The experts at Affiliated Dermatology want you to avoid the most common sunscreen mistakes:

1. Failing to read the label. Look for sunscreens that are broad-spectrum, water resistant and have an SPF of at least 30.
2. Using too little. Most people fail to use the recommended amount. Generally, an adult needs about one ounce (a full shot glass) to cover exposed skin. Apply 15 minutes before heading outside and reapply every two hours, more often if you’re sweating or in water.
3. Using old product. Check the bottle for an expiration date. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires sunscreens retain their original strength for at least three years. If you don’t see an expiration date or it’s expired, get a new bottle.
4. Applying only when sunny. Harmful UV rays take no days off. Even when it’s cloudy, up to 80 percent of UV rays can penetrate your skin. Use sunscreen every day.
5. Using only sunscreen. In addition to a broad-spectrum sunscreen, you should wear protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and seek shade.

Skin Cancer Facts

• Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer.
• One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
• Approximately 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day.
• Nearly 20 Americans die from melanoma every day.
• People who live in year round sunny environments have a higher risk of skin cancer.

Main Types of Skin Cancer

1. Basal cell carcinoma
2. Squamous cell carcinoma
3. Melanoma

Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are most often found on parts of the body exposed to the sun like the head and neck. Melanomas can also start on the neck and face and is more common on the chest and back in men and legs in women.

All three types of skin cancers can usually be cured if caught in the early stages.
Sources: American Academy of Dermatology and American Cancer Society.

About Affiliated Dermatology

Created in Arizona, Affiliated Dermatology is led by Arizona physicians dedicated to Arizona patients. Founded in July 2002 by Dr. Richard L. Averitte, Jr., Affiliated Dermatology has grown to eight locations providing skin cancer prevention and treatment, medical and aesthetic dermatology services, and allergy testing. In 2011, Affiliated Dermatology created a residency program to train the next generation of healthcare professionals to help meet Arizona’s increased demand.  In addition, Affiliated Dermatology has its own, in-house CLIA certified and CAP accredited laboratory. Dr. Averitte also established the Arizona Skin Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to providing financial aid to people with skin cancer who cannot afford treatment.

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