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Sun Safety

A discussion of good sun protective measures is a key part of your dermatologic visit.  Good sun protection does not require abandoning fun, healthy, and exciting outdoor activities!  It does, however, require incorporating a few steps into the daily routine.  First, a good sunscreen with Broad Spectrum UVA-UVB sun protection and SPF of 30 or higher should be applied to exposed skin 30 minutes prior to sun exposure.  You will have to reapply the sunscreen every 40-80 minutes (refer to the product label), as sunscreen is only water resistant for a period of time and will wear off!  Second, we recommend layering your approach with sun protective clothing!  Hats and clothing now come with sun protection in the material, and in conjunction with use of a good sunscreen will help ensure you have the most complete sun protection available.  Third, try avoiding activities during peak hours of sunlight (10 AM – 4 PM) to ensure the exposure you receive is less direct.  And don’t forget, the majority of UV rays can penetrate through clouds, so don’t get caught without your sun protection on cloudy days!