- Examine your skin from head-to-toe every 6 months.
- Look at your backside in the mirror or have your spouse check your backside and someone check your scalp. MELANOMAS CAN EVEN OCCUR AROUND THE ANUS AND GENITALIA SO CHECK THERE
- Most dangerous moles (melanomas) are very dark, bigger than a pencil eraser, and are usually flat. Other types of skin cancer are typically pink and can bleed.
If you have been treated previously for skin cancer, you may consider taking Niacinamide 500 mg twice daily, as it can decrease your risk of future skin cancers. It is available over the counter without a prescriptoin.
Below are products recommendations that meet the criteria of safe and effective UV sun protection.
A. Chemical Sunscreens
These sunscreens that cause a reaction that diffuses the solar radiation to prevent damage to the skin. Historically, these sunscreens were not as effective at blocking UVA as UVB but there are formulations now that contain something called “helioplex” and another called “ecamsule” or “mexoryl” that help protect against this wave length.
Neutrogena (contains helioplex)
Anthelios by LaRoche Posay (contains ecamsule/mexoryl)
While some concern has been expressed about possible toxicity with chemical sunscreen use, good data are lacking to prove they are harmful. However, if a person wishes to avoid the possibility altogether, a physical sunscreen can be used.
B. Physical sunscreens
These sunscreens block the sun and include products such as zinc and titanium. They work for both UVA and UVB. Some versions leave an obvious white residue on the skin, but some may be less likely to cause the “pasty” look.
TiZo made by Solar Protection Formula
SkinCeuticals Ultimate UV Defense