Since 1997, November has been celebrated as National Healthy Skin Month. This awareness campaign was launched by the American Academy of Dermatology to promote healthy skin care habits and make the public more aware of skin conditions and diseases such as skin cancer.
Board-certified dermatologist Michael Stickler advises that one of the most important habits for healthy skin is wearing sunscreen daily, even on cloudy days. “Sunscreen is the most important skin care product you can use, as it helps prevent sunburn, skin cancer, and premature skin aging, including wrinkles and age spots.” According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. “Daily use of sunscreen—SPF 30 or higher—can lower the likelihood of developing skin cancer”, commented Dr. Stickler. “Other helpful sun safety habits include limiting sun exposure during peak sunshine hours and wearing protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses.”
A consistent, daily skin care routine is another important step in maintaining skin health. A simple yet effective skin care routine typically starts with a gentle cleanser to clear dirt, debris, makeup, and oils from the skin. A targeted serum can be used after cleaning to nourish the skin and help with specific skin concerns. Next, a good moisturizer hydrates the skin. Finish off the morning routine with a medical-grade sunscreen to protect your skin throughout the day and complete the nighttime routine with a retinol, a form of vitamin A. Retinol can be found in a variety of forms and be purchased over the counter or prescription strength.
A major factor in keeping your skin healthy is seeing a dermatology provider regularly, ensuring timely diagnosis and treatment should any concerns arise. Common skin conditions and diseases include eczema, psoriasis, acne, rashes, rosacea, and melasma. These conditions can vary in severity from person to person depending on age, lifestyle, skin type, and other factors. Our skilled dermatology specialists are trained to develop custom treatment plans based on each individual patient’s skin care needs.
National Healthy Skin Month is a great reminder to schedule your annual skin check appointment with a dermatology professional. Dermatology Specialists has nearly 30 locations throughout Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi to ensure convenient access to specialty care. If you have a mole that looks different from the others, bleeds, itches or is changing in any way, make an appointment to see a dermatology professional for a full evaluation. During the appointment, the provider will look for signs of skin cancer, address any other areas of concern, and help you on your journey to your healthiest skin.