In Your Own Skin
Minimize sun exposure from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are the strongest. If you enjoy outdoor activities such as golfing, gardening, running, walking, or boating, try to schedule them outside of these “peak sun hours.” While it is unfortunate that these peak sun hours also fall during peak outdoor activity hours, you can still mitigate your sun exposure by seeking shade as often as you can and wearing clothes that cover the majority of your skin.
Apply a sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or greater at least one half hour before going outdoors, and reapply as directed on the product label. Look for products containing avobenzone, titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide. These products have the highest chance of providing broad spectrum protection, blocking UVA and UVB rays. Choose a cream-based sunscreen if you have dry skin, and a gel-based or a non-comedogenic formula if you have oil or acne-prone skin. Choose a water resistant formula if you will be sweating or in water. If you do this, however, remember that even these sunscreen formulas must be applied every 80 minutes.
If your ears, or portions of the scalp, are exposed due to short or thinning hair, remember to apply sunscreen to these areas as well. Make sure to use sunscreen on overcast days as well, as ultraviolet rays can be just as damaging to your skin on cloudy, hazy days as they are on sunny days. You should use sunscreen while you are at low altitudes, near the equator, and especially at high altitudes, as the sun is stronger because the sun’s rays are hitting the earth most directly. Protect your lips with lipstick or a lip balm containing sunscreen. Wear protective clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, wide-brimmed hat, and ultraviolet blocking sunglasses. Avoid use of the UV beds at tanning salons. If you need a little “color”, use a sunless tanning lotion or get a spray tan.
While your skin has already been damaged by the sun, the damage can still be treated. Precancerous damage can be minimized, leaving healthier and better-looking skin. If you have skin cancer that has developed, then fear not. Colorado Skin Surgery & Dermatology is proud to offer Mohs skin cancer surgery. Our Board Certified dermatologists are trained specifically to treat skin cancer and perform Mohs skin cancer surgery, so you won’t find a better dermatologist in Denver than us.
Mohs surgery is extremely precise, beneficial, and effective, especially for common skin cancers like basal and squamous cell carcinoma. In addition to having a high-cure rate, the goal of Mohs surgery is to maintain as much healthy skin as possible while completely removing the cancerous skin cells. As each layer of cancerous skin is removed, it is examined under a microscope. If skin cancer is still visible, then another layer of skin will be removed. This process is repeated until the skin cancer is no longer visible.
Restorative constructive surgery restores the normal function and appearance of the body part that has been affected by skin cancer. Your self-confidence may have been affected by skin cancer, which is we offer restorative surgery to help you look and feel your best. Dr. Francis has extensive knowledge in restorative surgery regarding the nose, ears, eyelids, and lips, making her the ideal candidate for any restorative surgery need.