Sunscreen is an important tool in fighting skin cancer, but it only works if you use it properly. Most people underestimate the amount of sunscreen they need and how often they should re-apply it. Failing to use an adequate amount of sunscreen will leave you vulnerable to dangerous UVA and UVB rays from the sun.
Most people need the equivalent of a shot glass of suntan lotion - or about two tablespoons worth - to get sufficient protection from the sun. A dollop of the lotion about the size of nickel should be used on your face. If you use a spray lotion, spray until an even sheen appears on the skin. You should re-apply your lotion every two hours or after swimming or sweating excessively.
To learn more about things you can do to lessen your skin cancer risk, make an appointment with Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. Be sure to discuss signs of skin cancer with your dermatologist, including changes in moles. To schedule an appointment, please call (866) 608-9531.