• How to Use Sunscreen for Skin Cancer Prevention

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    No matter the time of year, it is important to protect your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. The UV radiation found in sunlight and commercial tanning lamps causes damage to the DNA in skin cells, which can lead to skin cancer. UV rays from the sun can reach you by reflecting off of surfaces such as cement, snow, sand, and water. Wearing sunscreen is essential to preventing skin damage. Here is some information on the importance of sunscreen use:

    When to Use Sunscreen

    Apply sunscreen before going outside every day, even if it is cloudy or cool. Even in cloudy weather, UV rays can damage your skin within 15 minutes of being outdoors. The hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. are the most dangerous for UV exposure. Apply a thick layer of sunscreen on any exposed skin before leaving your home, and don’t forget to cover hard-to-reach places, such as your back and shoulders.

    Finding the Proper SPF

    Sunscreen protects your skin by scattering, absorbing, and reflecting sunlight. When the chemicals in sunscreen interact with your skin, it protects you from UV rays. All sunscreen is assigned a sun protection factor (SPF). The SPF number tells how effectively the sunscreen can block UV rays. Many experts recommend using sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

    Effective Sunscreen Application
    Since sunscreen wears off, you should reapply it after being outdoors for two or more hours. You should also put more on after sweating or swimming. Before using sunscreen, check its expiration date; typically, sunscreen lasts no more than three years.

    Sunlight exposure can cause skin cancer, sunspots, and wrinkles on the skin. Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology of Salt Lake City offers skin care products that ward off skin damage. We also offer medical and cosmetic services to treat skin cancer, acne, hair loss, dry skin, and more. Contact us at (801) 266-8841 to learn more about the services we offer.

  • Skin Care Article- Written by Dr. Angela Brimhall

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    The skin is the largest and most visible organ of the human body. It protects your other organs and often reflects how healthy you are inside.  The skin of your face is especially visible and plays a large role in identity and making a first impression.  This makes skin care an essential part of your health and well being.  Following are a few recommendations to ensure that your skin reflects your best self.

    Washing Cleanse your skin regularly to keep it healthy.  If you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, cleansing should involve mild cleansers used with our without water twice daily.  These cleansers dissolve sweat, oil, and dead skin cells which can encourage bacterial growth.  Moisturization Cleansing should be followed by moisturizing – especially in our dry Utah climate!  The best time to apply a moisturizer is directly after showering or bathing.  Pat or blot your skin until it’s just barely dry, then apply moisturizer immediately to help trap water in the surface cells. Moisturizers can protect sensitive skin, improve skin tone and texture, and mask imperfections. Because of our climate, most people need to restore moisture to dry skin.  Choose a heavier, oil-based moisturizer or for very dry, cracked skin, petrolatum-based products are preferable. They have more staying power than creams do and are more effective at preventing water from evaporating from your skin.

    It’s good to maintain a healthy skepticism of products that promise to transform your skin and your looks. Because skin care products are not subject to approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), their benefits may not be adequately tested and their claims may be exaggerated. Don’t necessarily buy the most expensive brand.  Keep in mind that cost has no definite relationship to effectiveness.  Ask your dermatologist for recommendations for skin care products that have strong science behind them and have been proven safe and effective in human studies. 

    UV Protection Another critical step in caring for your skin is to protect it from the sun.  You need to protect your skin from the sun every day.  Too much sun can result in fine lines and wrinkles in the skin over time and has been associated with an increased risk of skin cancer. To protect yourself use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Look for a sunscreen that protects you from both UVA and UVB rays, often labeled as “broad-spectrum.”  I prefer products with at least 6-9% zinc oxide.  Don’t forget you can also cover up by wearing a hat, sunglasses, and clothes that cover your arms and legs.  Also, seek shade especially when the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Don’t ever use tanning beds as they have been associated with an increased incidence of skin cancer and can age the skin faster.

    These are 3 areas of emphasis when caring for your skin.  Of course if you have any specific concerns or questions feel free to schedule an appointment to discuss the right skin care regimen for you!

    Dr. Angela Brimhall

    Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology

  • Product Spotlight: EltaMD Skin Care

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    Taking good care of your skin can help you appear younger and may even ward off skin problems such as sun spots and wrinkles. Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology is proud to offer EltaMD skin care products to keep your skin healthy. We also offer a variety of sun protection products from EltaMD for all types of skin: moderate, dry, acne-prone, and very sensitive.

    The sun emits harmful ultraviolet rays that damage skin. Combat them with a combination of water-resistant sunscreen, moisturizer, and protective lip balm from EltaMD. These products combine effective SPF ratings with zinc oxide for optimal sun protection.

    Give Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology a call today at (801) 266-8841 to find out more about the EltaMD products we carry. We provide top-quality dermatological care to all of our patients in the Salt Lake City area. For any skin problems or questions you have, we have the solution. Visit our website to learn more about our services.

  • Skin Cancer, Sun Protection, and You [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in America. Every year, doctors diagnose approximately 3.5 million cases of skin cancer. In fact, over the last 30 years, there have been more incidences of skin cancer than all other types of cancer combined. While there are certain risk factors for skin cancer that cannot be controlled, such as family history, skin type, and hair color, there are steps you can take for sun protection and skin cancer prevention. Always wear sunscreen, even if it is cloudy out, and be sure to cover all exposed skin. Ask your Salt Lake City dermatologist for recommendations about effective skin care products. Learn more ways to protect yourself from the sun in this Infographic from Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology. Please share with your friends and family.

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  • Knowing When a Mole May Be a Sign of Skin Cancer

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    According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, invasive melanoma is the sixth most common cancer in both men and women. You can take steps in preventing skin cancer by avoiding harsh sunlight and always wearing sunscreen. Skin cancer is a concern all year-round, not just in the summer months. In addition to visiting your dermatologist on a regular basis, it is important to examine yourself to notice any irregularities or changes in moles that could be warning signs of cancer.

    The ABCDEs

    Doctors have developed an easy way for you to examine yourself and your moles: the ABCDE trick. “A” stands for asymmetry, as most harmless moles are symmetrical in shape. “B” is for border. Ask yourself: Does the mole have even borders, or is it uneven, scalloped, or notched? “C” is for color, since a mole with multiple colors could be an indication of something serious. A melanoma may become red, blue, or another color. Diameter is the “D” of this system. Many melanomas are larger than ¼ inch, or the size of a pencil eraser. Finally, “E” is for evolving, as any changes in a mole’s size, color, or texture are warning signs of skin cancer .

    The Ugly Duckling Sign

    In general, moles on an individual tend to resemble each other in color and size. A cancerous mole may appear darker, lighter, larger, or smaller than the rest of a person’s moles. If you notice any sort of irregularities or changes on your skin, pay a visit to your dermatologist for a thorough examination.

    Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology of Salt Lake City is proud to offer a variety of skin care services to all of our patients. Take a look at our website or call us at (801) 266-8841 to schedule an appointment to have your skin examined by our dermatologists.

  • 3 Summer Skincare Tips to Help You Ward Off Common Signs of Aging

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    Wrinkles around your mouth, eyes, and forehead are common signs of aging. When you practice a good skin care regimen, though, you may be able to delay some of the more common signs of aging, like wrinkles and sun spots. Talk to your dermatologist to learn how you can ward off some of the common signs of aging:

    Wear Sunscreen

    Many people enjoy being outside in the summer sun, but harmful UV rays can do a great deal of damage to unprotected skin. Be sure to wear sunscreen every day on exposed skin, such as your face, neck, arms, and hands. Even if you aren’t going to a picnic or for a swim, short periods of sun exposure can cause skin problems. Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and don’t forget to reapply if you are swimming or sweating.

    Dress Wisely

    If you are going out in the sun, particularly during midday when its rays are harshest, dress properly. Wear loose-fitting long sleeves and a hat to shade your face, especially if you are going to be outside for a long period of time. You may also want to invest in clothes that have sun protection built into them.

    Taking good care of your skin during the summer can help keep you looking younger for longer. Call Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology in Salt Lake City at (801) 266-8841 to find out how we can help with all of your skin care needs.