The sun is out and so are people who enjoy the summer warmth. But many times, too much sun can cause skin damage and even cancer. We talk to a local dermatologist from Sanford Bemidji about how you can protect against harmful ultra violet rays this summer.
After a brutal winter, all people can think about is heading outside. But if you want to keep having fun in the sun, it’s important to take preventative steps to avoid sunburns and skin cancer. Dr. Natalie Roholt, a dermatologist at Sanford Bemidji, says the number of melanoma cases is shocking.
The obvious first line of defense against harmful ultra violet rays is sunscreen. You should find something with broad spectrum because that protects against both UVA and UVB rays, also buy at least SPF 30. Dr. Roholt says SPF 50 is labeled the highest, and soon sunscreens like SPF 80’s and 100’s will no longer be stocked on shelves. Once you have the right sunscreen…apply generously every 2 hours or after being in the water.
Clothing with SPF in them, hats, sunglasses, and staying in the shade also provide added protection. But if you do get burned, Dr. Roholt says heavy creams like Vaseline are good for topical treatment, and Aspirin or ibuprofen help reduce inflammation.
Dr. Roholt says the sun is the highest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., so if you can do your outdoor activities earlier in the day or later you’ll have less chances of getting burned.