A lot of moles: how to protect yourself from Skin Cancer

In this article we will share with you tips from a dermatologist and a psychologist.
As you enjoy outdoor fun, it is easy to forget the damaging effects of the sun’s rays. However, keenly taking care of your skin can help you avoid any damage to your skin. Regular skin check-ups are crucial in order to detect any skin ailments early. It is also important to keep checking your skin for any new spots, moles, or skin growths just to ensure that your skin is healthy. Protecting yourself from skin cancer may seem difficult, but with these few tips and tricks from a dermatologist and a psychologist, you may find it easier to maintain healthy skin.

Tips from a dermatologist

  1. Wear sun-protective clothing: instead of investing in regular clothing, try purchasing clothing with an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF). These clothes normally have the UPF label and they are designed to effectively protect your skin from harmful UV Rays. Accessories like sunglasses and hats should also be a wardrobe staple.
  2. Always wear broad-spectrum. Water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher: even on days when the sun is not shining, wear your broad spectrum sunscreen to cover all the skin that is exposed to the sun. even your neck, ears, top of the feet, and head need protection from harmful UV rays,
  3. Avoid tanning beds: tanning beds cause more harm than good because the ultraviolet light they emit has been known to cause skin cancer and premature aging. If you really want a tan, it is advisable to use a dermatologically tested tanning product, but you must use sunscreen as well.
  4. Perform regular skin self-examination: Regular self-examination can help you notice suspicious symptoms, as well as any itching, bleeding, or unusual changes. This is crucial for detecting skin cancer when it is most treatable. There are also special app for mapping moles, as well as devices that will help to accurately determine the condition of your skin.

Tips from a psychologist

  1. Be vocal: no matter how uncomfortable it may be, find a way to share how your skin issues affect your mental health or how your mental health affects the health of your skin. Although it may seem far-fetched, there is a distinctive connection between the skin and your mental health condition. You may want to get dermatologic medication or psychological therapy.
  2. Develop a good relationship with your dermatologist: being diagnosed with any skin condition can be terrifying. However, it is important to get regular skin check-ups in order to treat pre-cancerous or cancerous areas on your skin because skin cancer is the most curable when it is caught early.
  3. Watch your diet: a healthy diet that is free of sugar and junk food and high in anti-oxidants, colorful fruits and veggies can help fight free radicals and inflammation, therefore improving your health especially that of your skin.
  4. Remain active: keeping your body active through exercises like yoga, tai-chi and mindful meditation can improve body function and enhance the ability of standard treatment to work.

Although UV-light from the sun is the main cause of skin damage, it is also important to maintain your mental health in order to ensure that your skin remains healthy. Reducing the chances of developing any skin conditions starts with being keen on the changes on your skin and your mental state.
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