Tips for Preventing Skin Cancer Year-Round

Tips for Preventing Skin Cancer Year-Round

Taking care of your skin is critical to your overall health. Dr. Clifford Lober has been a board-certified dermatologist at two dermatology practices for over 40 years in Kissimmee and Ocoee, FL. He will discuss skin cancer prevention and how to keep your skin looking beautiful and healthy all year while preventing skin damage, especially in Florida's sunny environment.

How Your Skin Is Formed

There are multiple layers to your skin's structure. 

  • The epidermis is the outermost layer and what you see daily. This layer provides pigment, makes new skin cells daily, offers initial protection from the sun, and continuous protection from germs that you come in contact with. 
  • The middle layer of your skin is called the Dermis, and it contains collagen to provide shape, grows hair, contains nerves for sensation, produces oil, makes sweat, and supplies blood to the skin layers. 
  • Hypodermis is the bottom layer of the skin's structure. This layer is composed of fat, protects bones, and controls body temperature and blood. Your nerves become bigger and run to deeper structures with connective tissue. 

 These skin layers protect your internal body if you take good care of your skin. 

How Skin Damage Happens

According to our esteemed dermatologist and medical doctor in Kissimmee and Ocoee, FL, taking skin cancer prevention seriously with the following tips will provide you with a significantly reduced risk of skin cancer or damage. 

It's important to note that you can't protect your skin from all UV light 100% of the time, but here are some tips for minimizing sun damage.

  • Wear clothing that is concealing. Long-sleeved lightweight shirts, long pants or skirts, and wide-brimmed hats offer the most protection. 
  • If possible, avoid long-term exposure to the sun between 10 am and 4 pm. Plan outdoor activities outside that window when the sun is not the hottest.  
  • Use a high-quality, "broad spectrum" sunscreen with UVA and UVB coverage and an SPF of 15 or higher. 
  • Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outside, even on cloudy days.  
  • Make sure to get areas usually not thought of, such as your neck and behind your ears. Also, use an SPF lip balm to protect your lips.

 Schedule your Appointment Today! 

Call Dr. Clifford Lober at either of his practices in Kissimmee and Ocoee, FL, to schedule your appointment and get all your questions related to skin cancer prevention answered. Please call 407-846-7166 in Kissimmee, and 407-656-9700 in Ocoee, FL.

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