TEXAS, USA — While everyone is enjoying their summer days outside, these summer temperatures continue to rise and the heat of the sun is rising with it. Doctors want people to take care of their skin and prevent future issues with their body.
Applying sunscreen is one of the most important things people can do before they set foot outside on a sunny day. One of the many assumptions that circulate around sunscreen is that people with a darker skin complexion don’t have to apply sunscreen because of the amount of melanin they have. Shannon Clinic dermatologist Steven Ritter says sunscreen is beneficial to all skin types, no matter how much melanin you may or may not have.
"There's no such thing as a good tan. Pasty white Caucasians usually burn, and people of color will actually get darker. But even in those patients that have some protective pigments, like African Americans and Hispanics, you'll see that they still tan so they're still getting some skin damage. Everyone should be wearing sunscreen regardless." Ritter explained.
EHE Health says applying sunscreen to the parts of your skin exposed to the sun protects Your Skin from UV Rays and helps maintain an even skin tone.
Avoiding using sunscreen can result in conditions like accelerated skin aging, discoloration, and the most deadly, skin cancer.
The American Cancer Society reports over 7,000 people are expected to die of melanoma (a form of skin cancer).
“In West Texas the sun is beaming and it feels like it never ends. The majority of my patients are ranchers that are out in the sun all day and don’t apply sunscreen to their skin. We see them more frequently getting all of the damage that has been done to their skin over the years. The sun here can be very intense,” Ritter mentioned.
When looking for a sunscreen perfect for you, make sure the SPF is at least 30 to ensure the product protects your skin. Also, when you’re in the sun or in a body of water for a long period of time, be sure to reapply the sunscreen every two hours to reduce skin damage.
In addition to wearing sunscreen, staying in the shade and covering your skin with clothing makes an impact as well.