The beach, the pool, and that backyard barbeque are already on your summer to-do list, but there’s one thing you might be missing: a visit to a dermatologist in the Greater Houston area. Skincare is more important than ever during the sunny season. Even as this summer presents a few extra challenges with COVID-19, we’re taking every precaution to keep you safe and healthy so you can get the exceptional dermatological care you deserve.
Read on to learn more about summer skin protection, the risks your skin faces this time of year, and why a visit to a dermatologist always deserves a place in your plans, no matter the season.
What Are the Biggest Summer Skin Risks?
During the summer months, you’re likely to spend more time outside enjoying all the outdoor activities you love. Unfortunately, more time in the sun means more exposure to UV rays. And that means a greater chance of developing skin concerns, such as:
- Skin cancer: Your risk of developing this dangerous condition gets even higher when you experience a sunburn. That’s why we recommend skin cancer screenings.
- Cosmetic damage: Over time, UV exposure also leads to cosmetic sun damage, including rough texture, wrinkles, spots, and other signs of premature aging.
The UV index is also higher during the summer, resulting in very high levels of UV exposure and amplifying your need to keep your skin safe.
How Can I Protect My Skin in the Summer?
Limiting your exposure is always a great way to start. When you do enjoy time outdoors, keep these tips in mind:
- Wear sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and make sure to reapply throughout the day. Learn more about choosing a sunscreen in our previous blog post.
- Cover up as much as possible, including hats and sunglasses.
- Be mindful of your time in the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when rays are strongest.
Learn more about the best ways to protect your skin in the CDC’s UV protection guidelines.
Why Should I Visit a Dermatologist?
Dermatologist-conducted mole checks and skin cancer screenings can give you peace of mind and catch any issues as soon as possible so they can be treated quickly, effectively, and early. It also gives you the chance to directly ask your dermatologist questions about skin safety and possible treatments.
You don’t have to wait until you notice something concerning to schedule a visit—in fact, you shouldn’t! Annual visits to the dermatologist are a must when it comes to your skin’s safety. Scheduling yours during the summer is a great way to stay aware of your skin’s health during this risky season.
Keeping You Safe During COVID-19
With the precautions we’re taking and the telemedicine appointments we’re offering this summer, you don’t have to go without the care you need and deserve.
In our office, we’re requiring masks, screening patients for symptoms, and disinfecting all surfaces with extra care. Online, our board-certified dermatologists are connecting to patients at home to offer examinations and medical guidance. Learn more about how we’re keeping your safe in our previous blog post.
If you would like to learn more about summer skin safety or schedule a cosmetic dermatology appointment in Greater Houston, please contact us online or call a DermSurgery Associates location near you.
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