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By Dawson Dermatology
July 10, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Care  

The sun and hot temperatures can come with risks to your skin. Sun damage can lead to premature skin aging, wrinkles and even skin cancer. Led by Dr. Kevin Dawson, Dr. Douglas Chun, and Dr. Sarah Grekin, Dawson Dermatology in Honolulu, HI offer a range of dermatological services to their patients. Here are 7 skin care tips for maintaining healthy skin.

1. Clean and moisturize your skin. You may shower more often during the summer, but harsh soaps can remove protective oils from your skin, so limit your shower time and use warm water - not hot water- to avoid drying out your skin. Apply moisturizer to your skin soon after showering.

2. Avoid the sun during peak hours. Avoid the sun during the peak hours of UV radiation, from 10 am and 4 pm. This is the time the sun’s rays are most intense and damaging. You want to avoid getting sunburns because they increase the chances of skin cancer. If you're outdoors during peak hours, seek shade under a large umbrella, tree, or other shelters.

3. Use sunscreen every day. Sunscreens are designed to reduce your risk of skin cancer. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, on both clear and cloudy days. Put it on about 20 minutes before you go outside. Apply sunscreen to all bare skin. Reapply every two hours, or after sweating or swimming.

4. Rinse your skin after you swim. Both salt water and chlorinated water can dry outy our skin. Always wash or rinse after a swim to remove residues which may later react in the sun or interfere with your sunscreen.

5. Know the risks of tanning. Tanning bed sessions and sunbathing increase your chances of damaging your skin and getting skin cancer. Self-tanners can give your skin a sunkissed look without exposing it to harmful UV rays. Self-tanners are commonly sold as sprays and lotions you apply to your skin. Professional spray-on tanning is also available.

6. Do a skin self-exam. Examine your skin head-to-toe every month, so you can find any changing or new lesions that might be precancerous or cancerous. By examining your skin once a month for spots that might be signs of skin cancer, and bringing those changes to your dermatologists' attention, you can play a key role in protecting the health of your skin.

7. Get a skin cancer screening. Get a professional skin exam, or skin cancer screening, at least once a year. A skin cancer screening is a visual inspection of your skin by a healthcare professional. Annual skin exams are the key to diagnosing the disease at an early stage.

Ready to take control of your health? A professional skin exam could save your life! If you need a skin cancer screening, call Dawson Dermatology at 808-599-3780 right now to schedule an appointment in Honolulu, HI. You will experience exemplary service and state-of-the-art care at Dawson Dermatology.

By Dawson Dermatology
September 13, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Swim   Skin Care  

Woman at the pool in summerGive your skin the TLC it needs while still enjoying your pool days.

If the swimming pool is a second home to you, then you may definitely label yourself a swimmer. Swimming is a wonderful and refreshing workout that can help us lose weight, maximize muscle and strengthen our core; however, whether you choose to swim in a chlorinated pool or natural water, all that time in the water can certainly take its toll on your skin. It’s important to know just how to care for your skin the next time you jump into the pool for your refreshing workout.

Shower Right Away

This is the most important rule you can follow after you take a dip in the pool. You need to wash the irritants of the pool or water from your body using warm water and soap. Chlorine found in the majority of pools sticks to your skin and can cause rashes and other skin problems. To minimize irritation, you will want to jump into a shower right away.

The same goes for those who swim in the ocean or lake. Saltwater, algae and bacteria from natural bodies of water can cause redness, rashes, and other irritation.

Wash Your Bathing Suit

Besides just washing your body, you’ll also want to wash your bathing suit with soap to remove any possible contaminants from the pool or seawater. Don’t wear the same bathing suit twice unless the suit has been thoroughly washed and is completely dry.

Apply a Moisturizer

The chlorine in pools is meant to kill bacteria to prevent infection; however, these pool chemicals can also dry out your skin. To combat this, we highly recommend using a thick, cream­based moisturizer after your shower to keep dryness away. Most swimmers can get away with using an over­the­counter moisturizer from their local drugstore; however, talk to your dermatologist if you need a stronger moisturizer to take on your pool dryness.

Hydrate Yourself

Sure you just spend a lot of time in the water, but how much water are you actually consuming each day? Working out alone takes water out of our bodies, so it’s important to replenish as much as possible. Furthermore, drinking water is a great purifier for our skin and it keeps our skin moist. Drinking more water will also help flush out pool toxins and keep you hydrated.

To learn more about how to take care of your skin, call your dermatologist today!