Preventative Dermatological Care Nashua
A few precautions on your part and regular examinations by a dermatologist can prevent certain skin conditions and ensure that any developing problems are detected and treated early.
At-Home Skin Care
In addition to having your skin examined by a professional on a regular basis, it is important to practice healthy skin care habits on a daily basis to help protect conditions from developing. Unhealthy skin care habits can lead to long-term problems such as skin cancer and premature aging.
At Waldman Plastic Surgery & Dermatology, we recommend that you wash your face twice a day to keep it clean and protect it from dirt and bacteria. When going outside, you should use sunscreen with at least SPF 30, and avoid tanning booths and other harmful sources of intense ultraviolet light. You should also avoid scratching or picking at rashes or pimples. If a problem or abnormality should arise, please visit our office for a professional evaluation.
How Can I Protect My Children from the Sun?
Just a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Kids don’t have to be at the pool, beach, or on vacation to get too much sun. Their skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they’re outdoors.
UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so it’s best to plan indoor activities then. If this is not possible, seek shade under a tree, an umbrella, or a pop-up tent. Use these options to prevent sunburn, not to seek relief after it’s happened.
When possible, long-sleeved shirts and long pants/skirts can provide protection from UV rays. Clothes made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection. A wet T-shirt offers much less UV protection than a dry one, and darker colors may offer more protection than lighter colors. Some clothing certified under international standards comes with information on its ultraviolet protection factor. We are happy recommend several brands of specialty made UV protective clothing and swimwear.
Get a Hat
Hats that shade the face, scalp, ears, and neck are easy to use and give great protection. Baseball caps are popular among kids, but they don’t protect their ears and neck. If your child chooses a cap, be sure to protect exposed areas with sunscreen.
They protect your child’s eyes from UV rays, which can lead to cataracts later in life. Look for sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.
Use sunscreen with at least an SPF 30 and UVA and UVB (broad spectrum) protection every time your child goes outside. For the best protection, apply sunscreen generously 30 minutes before going outdoors. Don’t forget to protect ears, noses, lips, and the tops of feet, anything exposed!
Take sunscreen with you to reapply during the day, especially after your child swims or exercises. This applies to waterproof and water-resistant products as well.
To learn more about our skin care services or to schedule an exam with Dr. Waldman, please call our office today. We would be happy to speak with you and let you discover what our practice has to offer.