Skin Cancer Prevention: What You & Your Patients Need to Know

The summer months are the harshest on the skin when it comes to preventing cancerous cells and melanoma. Sunburns affect the skin more harshly than even the redness might show, and it is especially important to educate your patients about ways to prevent skin cancer during hours of extended exposure to UV rays.

If your patients are looking for ways to improve their skin during the summer, prevent burns and cancerous growths and/or reverse damage already done over the years, we have some easy tips for them to follow to ensure summer damage does not follow them into the winter.

Protect Your Skin from the Summer Sun

Sun protection during the summer is not optional: the harmful rays, no matter your skin tone, can produce cancerous cells in the body that can harm more than just your skin. Always recommend that your patients use a daily sunscreen and, if they plan on spending several hours in the sun, to wear a hat, visor or sunglasses to protect their delicate facial skin from any harm.

It is important to emphasize that tanning beds to even more damage than sitting on the beach all day. If you notice patients will extreme tans or know some who are members at tanning salons, educating them about the importance of sun protection and the dangers of exposing their skin to harmful rays (especially at such a concentrated and extreme level). It is easy to become addicted to the look of golden skin all year round, but tanning beds yield major skin damage in cancerous moles and premature aging.

Some Skincare Products can Worsen Burns and Increase Sun Exposure

Many skincare products now contain vitamin A derivatives, especially retinol, as they have proven to be effective in anti-aging, reversing sun damage and even boosting collagen production. However, these products are best used for nighttime skincare and heavily avoided in daytime products. Skincare manufacturers appeal to patients who are searching for all-day anti-aging products, but in truth retinol increases exposure to the sun, thereby aging skin even more rapidly.

Instead, suggest that your patients aim for all-natural products made to protect the skin during the day (this will work as anti-aging merely by providing protection) and opt for retinol or other vitamin A derivative products for nighttime care. This kind of education is what will help your patients become label-literate even outside of the grocery aisles.

Diet Matters

When your patients seem to be doing everything right with skincare and are still not seeing results they are looking for, it is always a good idea to assess their dietary habits. Diets high in fats, sugars and carbs typically yield unhealthy skin. You absolutely are what you eat, and everything put into your body has an affect on your health, your aging and especially your skin.

Suggesting that your patients explore a diet high in fresh fruits, leafy greens and proteins high in omega fatty acids (like salmon) may make all the difference in the look and feel of skin. Some fruit extracts, for example strawberry, has even shown to provide UVA protection when put directly on the skin. Exploring more natural options and something as seemingly obvious as diet and nutrition may be just the tip your patients need. Plus, they will surely be pleased when a change in diet shows improvement in other areas of their health as well.

Remove Dangerous Moles Before they Grow

Removing moles may be intimidating to many patients, especially if it does not seem urgent or necessary. However, precancerous growths may become malignant over time and with increased exposure, so opting for removal may be a preventative measure that can protect against melanoma completely.

It is important to offer an accurate diagnosis to your patients and be thorough with mole testing to ensure each person is receiving proper treatment, removal and after care instructions. Patients with precancerous moles also need more education on how to prevent more from appearing in the future. Assessing their overall skincare routine and evaluating how to improve their daily protection is important in keeping patients free from skin cancer in the long run.

Microneedling & Skin Resurfacing

There are procedures that are very effective in reversing sun damage and restoring not only the youthful texture of skin, but even the skin’s own ability to produce collagen. These treatments include many ablative and non-ablative laser-resurfacing procedures, but especially effective is microneedling.

Microneedling, especially with the Collagen P.I.N tool, provides restoration to the outer layer of skin, breaking down any damage that has been done, restoring even tone and pigmentation and removing sunspots and scarring. Over time, these microneedling treatments can help peel away years of aging and provide your patients with clear, damage-free, flawless skin.

How can you improve your practice?

Collagen P.I.N. is dedicated to providing the best microneedling device along with our premier line of skincare products, Induction Therapies. Our skincare products pair perfectly with microneedling treatments, protect the skin from aging and damage and are completely vegan, gluten free and paraben free.

If you would like to learn more about how Collagen P.I.N and Induction Therapies products can improve your practice and provide your patients with healthy, glowing skin, call us today: (877) 746-4407.

“I have performed many microneedling treatments with my Collagen P.I.N. and absolutely love it! I had purchased another micro-needling device prior, and had issues with it. The Collagen P.I.N. is a much stronger device, and is both cordless AND corded, which I absolutely adore. It’s very easy to use, and has such a broad spectrum of what it treats, and can be used on nearly anyone. The different cording and extra power abilities, combined with the multiple needle tip options, clearly makes this the device of choice, hands down!”
-Karen W – Medical Aesthetician, Dr. Marc Salzman

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