Dr Jeremy Banky, Specialist Dermatologist, Melbourne

Sun Protection

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Sun Protection for Your SkinLiving in Australia, we are subjected to harsh ultraviolet (UV) exposure.

The sunlight can have a profound effect on our skin resulting in premature ageing, skin cancers and a number of light-induced disorders of the skin.

 

 

 

Dr Banky recommends the following to combat the effects of ultraviolet exposure:

  • Avoid or reduce the hours spent in the sun during the hours of 10am-4pm when the UV intensity is at its peak
  • Apply 30+SPF broadspectrum (UVA and UVB) sunscreen liberally over any exposed skin at least 20 minutes before going outdoors. It is important that sunscreen is re-applied every 2 hours, or more frequently if sweating or swimming
  • Wear protective clothing – a broad-rimmed hat, long-sleeves, pants and sunglasses
  • Avoid tanning – either by the sun, solariums or any other tanning machines. A tan is a sign of damaged skin
  • Regular self-skin examinations – knowing your own ‘spots’ is one of the best methods to detect skin cancers at an early stage
 
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