Preventing Skin Damage, Wrinkles, and Skin Cancer
Dermatologist Dr. Brandith Irwin:
Skin cancer is so common now, worldwide. Using good skin care products does help prevent skin cancer, particularly high quality sun screens. So you want to make sure these are used on a regular bases; almost daily. Another product that is helpful and has been proven now, is antioxidants, which help to protect DNA from UV damage and augment the effect of your sunscreen. Sunscreen is really the first line of defence for prevention. The little bit of UV every day, 365 days a year, really adds up. So, using a quality sunscreen and by that I mean, those that have at least 8 to 10 if not more, high percentage of zinc. Totally key. Really what you’re looking for, are the mineral based sunscreens. Because they block UVA and B better than anything else. And so, look for zinc. You know, again, 8% or higher is great. A little titanium is fine as well. But don’t be misled by the labels that say zinc and then have 1% in them. And that’s actually happening now in the market place so you really have to read the label. Patients ask me all the time about vitamins; topical ones in particular. And until a few years ago, I would have said no, but actually in the last 5 or 10 years, topical vitamins have really improved; particularly vitamin C based. And there are a number of them now form good companies. SkinCeuticals included…they kind of pioneered using plant-based antioxidants in addition to vitamin-C to create an antioxidant that’s topical that’s actually effective.
Why should I use skincare products? The focus is really on prevention. Prevention of skin-cancer, and aging. And the other reason is that as your skin improves…I see it in so many of my patients that it improves their self-esteem, self confidence and quality of life. And I think that’s hugely important as well.