Preventing Premature Skin Aging and Skin Problems
The best way to protect the health of your skin and prevent it from aging prematurely is to begin practicing good skin care at an early age. If you grew up before there was an emphasis on avoiding the sun’s harmful rays and sunscreens became popular, it’s not too late to take an active role in the health of your skin.
Preventing Your Skin From Aging Prematurely
Limiting your exposure to the sun is the best way to protect your skin from damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays that can cause premature skin aging and wrinkles.
Most skin cancers result from too much exposure to the sun’s damaging UVB and UVA rays. Although sunscreen is effective in blocking UVB rays that cause sunburn, it is not as effective at blocking UVA rays that also damage the skin over time. For this reason, it’s important to protect your skin with more than sunscreen when you are outside in Southern California.
If you are going to be outside, protect your skin by:
- Avoiding prolonged sun exposure (20 minutes or more) between 10 AM and 4 PM when UV rays are strongest
- Generously applyingsunscreen with UV/UVB protection and a sun protector factor (SPF) ≥15
- Using an SPF ≥30 if you are fair
- Reapplying sunscreen every 2 to 3 hours
- Staying in the shade
- Wearing tightly woven clothing that protects your skin
- Wearing a broad-brimmed hat that shades your head, face, ears, and neck
In addition to avoiding excessive sun exposure, you can protect the health of your skin by:
- Practicing good skin care throughout your life
It’s never too soon or too late to begin taking care of your skin. Infants, toddlers, and young children should avoid being exposed to the sun for long periods. They also should wear sunscreen and sun-protective clothing. If you are a teenager, begin your healthy skin care habits now! If you are an adult, follow Dr. Lawrence Moy recommendations.
- Seeing your dermatologist regularly
To keep your skin healthy at all stages of your life, visit Dr. Moy for a thorough skin exam at least once a year. He will carefully check for changes in your skin, ask about and consider your medical history with consideration for how it affects your skin, order laboratory tests if needed, and advise you about how best to manage and resolve any of your skin problems. If you have any other skin issues between your yearly visits, be sure to see your dermatologist immediately. He can easily treat and resolve many skin problems such as rashes, breakouts, and even infected nails. Treating skin problems in the early stages is the best way to avoid more serious skin problems.With each passing year, you are likely to notice changes in your skin. You might have oily skin when you are young. You might have dry skin when you are older. You might develop acne as an adult even if you did not have it as a teen. Whatever the issue, Dr. Moy will develop a personalized skin regimen to keep your skin looking and feeling its best at all times.
- Keeping your skin clean each day
Gently wash your face and neck with cool or warm, not hot, water and soap each day. Because excessive scrubbing can aggravate acne and other sensitive areas, use either your clean hands or a soft washcloth to wash. If you have very dry skin, Dr. Moy will recommend an especially mild cleanser that will thoroughly clean your skin without irritating it.
If you have concerns about your skin,
including how to prevent skin problems, avoid premature skin aging,
and minimize your risk for skin cancer,
call Dr. Moy today
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