Lately, in Northern Colorado, we have seen a lot of beautiful, sunny, and warm weekends! We are as excited as you are to finally get outside again without needing a jacket, but there is one thing you should never go outside without: sunscreen.

While many of us are trying to add some color to our skin, sunscreen is a necessity throughout the entire year, but especially during the summer, when you head outside more. Spending time outside in the sun is rejuvenating and freeing, but make sure you bring the sunscreen along for the fun!

As blossoms on your trees begin to be replaced with leaves and your grass become greener and more lush, you will be likely to spend more time outside, soaking up the sun’s warm rays. That is why we are once again going to share the importance of sunscreen.

At Azeal Dermatology Institute in Boulder, we know how sensitive and easily skin can be damaged. We may sound like your mother when we tell you to wear sunscreen daily, but unlike your mother (most likely) we are skin care experts and know a thing or two about sunscreen that she may not. Listen to your mom, and listen to us when we say don’t forget the sunscreen.

In this blog, we are going to give you some information about sunscreen, the sun, and your skin! Read on to learn more about why sunscreen is a necessity.

Who Needs It?

Some people don’t get sunburnt, some people think their skin color or tone will offer more protection, but all of them need to wear sunscreen. Every single person, no matter age, gender, skin color, or whether or not you burn, needs to wear sunscreen. Even if you do not see the harmful effects of the sun, for example a sunburn, you need to protect your skin against harmful UV rays. Everyone can still get skin cancer.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, an estimated one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. If you are someone who spends an excessive amount of time in the sun and rarely wears sunscreen, that could be you. No matter who you are or where you live, you need to wear sunscreen. If you are not sure what sunscreen to pick or how sunscreen even helps, be sure to check out one of our previous blog posts about sunscreen.

More About Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. and according to The Pretty Pimple, there have been more cases of skin cancer than any other type of cancer in the past 30 years. Even though it may be the most common type of cancer, you may not know a lot about it. Let’s take a closer look at skin cancer and why sunscreen is so important.

Types of Skin Cancer

There are two different categories of skin cancer. The first is known as non-melanoma and includes basal and squamous cell skin cancer. These two types of skin cancer are the most common and generally develop on the areas of skin that are most exposed to the sun, although other areas of skin with less sun exposure can be affected.

The second category of skin cancer in melanoma. According to a Healthline article, the cause of melanoma is uncertain, but this type of skin cancer does develop from the cells that gives you your skin color. Melanoma is the worse type of skin cancer, and if left untreated, can spread to other areas of the body. The non-melanoma skin cancers are less likely to spread.

Skin Cancer From Sun Exposure

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer and is developed after years of frequent sun exposure or use of tanning beds. It is common on the neck, head, and arms, but can form anywhere on the body. This type of skin cancer may look like a skin-colored, pearl-like bump or pinkish patches of skin. Another article from the American Academy of Dermatology mentions that early diagnosis and treatment is important since BCC can invade surrounding tissue and grow into bones and nerves.

Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer. This type of non-melanoma skin cancer tends to form on skin that has frequent exposure to the sun, including on the rim of the ears, face, arms, chest, back, and neck. This type of skin cancer will appear in a firm red bump, scaly patches, or a sore that heals and reopens. Early diagnosis and treatment are also important with this type of skin cancer, since it can spread to other areas of the body as well.

Luckily, these types of skin cancer can be easy to treat if they are caught soon enough.

Other Benefits of Sunscreen

Besides helping reduce your risk of skin cancer, there are many other benefits of wearing sunscreen. While helping to prevent skin cancer should be a good enough reason for you to start wearing sunscreen regularly, we will give you a few more benefits just to really convince you.

Prevents Premature Aging

Wearing sunscreen can help you keep your skin looking healthy, young, and radiant. Sunscreen protects your skin from sun damage, and aging is a part of sun damage. According to Unity Point Health, the number one cause of premature aging of the face is ultraviolet exposure. Wearing sunscreen regularly can help keep your face look younger for longer and protect against early wrinkles and fine lines. An article from Stylecraze mentioned that studies have found that those under 55 years of age who use sunscreen are 24 percent less likely to develop early signs of aging than those who don’t use sunscreen or rarely use it.

Evens Out Skin Tone

Wearing sunscreen can also protect your face from developing sun spots, brown spots, and skin discoloration. It can help to reduce the chances of acne that is brought on by the sun, and other damages that can leave your face with an unsmooth and uneven appearance.

Protects Against Sunburns

If you have ever gotten a sunburn before, you know how terrible, painful, and disgusting they are. Some really bad sunburns will leave you with blisters that will later itch and peel. Sunburns are not fun, and while some of you may be thinking “At least they turn into tans” is it really worth it? Sunburns suck. It is as simple as that. And sunscreen can help protect your skin from burning! Just imagine a wonderful day outside that doesn’t result in a terrible sunburn, it may make you want to spend more time outside (while wearing sunscreen).

While we all love looking sun-kissed and glowing, in the long run that tan may not be worth it. Sunscreen can help protect you against the sun’s harmful rays, reduce your chances of getting skin cancer, and help keep your skin looking younger! If that isn’t enough reason to start wearing sunscreen more regularly, we don’t know what is.

Protect your skin this summer by wearing sunscreen before heading into the mountains or out to your favorite lake. In Boulder, Colorado, it is hard not to take advantage of a beautiful, sunny day. But be smart about it and protect yourself. If you are concerned about a spot or mole, Azeal Dermatology Institute can help. We offer skin biopsies, as well as pre-cancer and skin cancer screenings to help you find, diagnose, and treat any potential skin problems. We can help you with any skin concerns or issues you may have. Be sure to contact us today or schedule an appointment online. Enjoy the warm weather ahead and remember to wear sunscreen, even during those beloved may blizzards! We promise that you won’t regret it in the long run.