Melanoma Awareness Month

Melanoma Awareness Month

As a Registered Nurse and business owner, it is very important for me to make sure we keep our readers up-to-date with the latest research on wellness and aesthetics….and this month it’s Melanoma Awareness Month. There are three types of skin cancer, and of all of these, melanoma is the deadliest of all. It can metastasize. For a while, the relationship between the use of sun protection and melanoma was not straightforward, but from the more recent evidence-based research, it seems that when used properly, sunblock/sunscreen can reduce the risk of melanoma, as well as that of other skin cancers, significantly. There is a difference between sunscreen and sunblock. In my case, I prefer to utilize sunblock, since these are constituted with mineral blockers. Therefore, when exposed to ultraviolet radiation, the light is reflected, as opposed to chemical sunscreens, which are based on absorption of the U/V light.

Some factors deter people from wearing sunscreen. For example, the hesitation with the chemical sunscreens, mentioned above, is that these may have a negative impact on the skin, and can affect some hormones. There is some evidence linking chemical sunscreens to dermatitis, the absorption of some undesirable particles, and more. Another concern for many is that the use of sunscreen/sunblock can reduce the absorption of vitamin D, which is essential to keep us feeling good. While this can be a possibility when using protection with a very high SPF, the evidence indicates that even with the use of sunscreen/sunblock, we can produce Vitamin D. The reason being is that people don’t usually wear sunscreen to cover 2mg/cm, or reapply it as recommended. In other words, the level of protection of sunscreen/sunblock on our skin is not complete. It is affected by many variables including our age, our geographic location, the time of sun exposure, the clothing that we are wearing, the way we apply the sunscreen/sunblock, and more.

Despite all of the above, the use of sunscreen/sunblock continues to be highly recommended by researchers and the medical community, and the benefits outweigh the risks. In our office, we have sunblock that is specifically designed for use around the eyes and face, given that it contains vitamins and ingredients that can prevent irritation and can improve the quality of our skin. In the case of sun damage, we also have treatment alternatives designed to improve the skin and attenuate the effect of photo-aging. Regardless of the above, if you need help selecting a sunblock or designing a strategy to improve the condition of your skin, please do not hesitate to contact us at 305-356-7402. Please don’t forget “Our Promise Is More Than Beauty”.