What should everyone know about skin, skin care, and dermatology? originally appeared on Quora – the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.
Answer by Emily Altman, board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist, specializing in general dermatology, cosmetic dermatology and dermatologic surgery, on Quora:
There are a few things that everyone should know about skin.
Skin Cancer Risk
- Sun damage is cumulative from the very beginning. Sun exposure and sunburns, particularly before age twenty, are a risk factor for skin cancer and especially melanoma. Teaching children about sun safety and skin cancer prevention is of utmost importance. The offers a fun educational online activity designed for children and young adults to raise sun safety awareness and to help prevent melanoma through education and early detection.
- Sun avoidance should be practiced during the peak hours between 10 am and 4 pm. Sunblock should be used regularly and reapplied often, particularly if swimming or sweating.
- Any new or changing lesion on the skin needs to be examined by a dermatologist