Get the Right Sunscreen for your Skin

sun protectionMost of us know by now that, to reduce our risk of getting any skin cancer, we need to wear sunscreen. As summer quickly approaches, the conversation about being sun savvy is picking up steam, as it should, since many of us will be drawn to spending time outdoors.

In a general sense, we tend to view sunscreen use as “do it or don’t.” If we do go deeper, it is the step of choosing a high-SPF product. This action doesn’t require much thinking, really; it is based on an assumption that more is better. It’s not. We discussed this in a previous post about the efficacy of sunscreen. Here, what we want to point out is that, if your sunscreen causes irritation of any sort, you will be more likely to miss one – or every – application.

There is such a thing as the right sunscreen for your skin type. The trick is discovering what you need.

Do you struggle with acne?

Acne-prone skin reacts more intensely to changes in the environment and topical medicinal lotions. Sunscreen that contains PABA or oxybenzone, preservatives or fragrance, may have a counterproductive effect. Sure, it’s good to avoid sun damage; but when that also means suffering a breakout, there is the very little feeling of benefit. People with acne prone skin may want to try a sunscreen that is formulated for sensitive skin, as this type of product is less likely to contain irritating ingredients. Also, lighter formulations are better for acne-prone skin than thick, greasy lotions. Remember to read the label.

Is your skin dry and flaky?

People with dry skin have their unique set of concerns. Keeping the surface smooth and free of tiny flakes of skin cells can be difficult. Using a lighter sunscreen formula would not work as well for the dry-skinned person. A thicker, even “greasier” emollient-type sunscreen lotion will both protect against UV damage and meet the skin’s need for moisture-lock.

Is your skin “mature?”

Very few people revel in the process of cosmetic aging. Research has shown that, the older we get, the more we need to wear sunscreen every single day. Fortunately, there are no special requirements for aging skin. Many sunscreen products contain gentle ingredients that foster dermatologic health. Most importantly, according to studies, is regular use. Study participants who applied sunscreen daily looked younger after a four-year period than participants who never wore sunscreen.

Do you have questions about sunscreen, skin cancer, or Mohs surgery for skin cancer? Contact one of our West Yorkshire offices for personal assistance.

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