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How to minimize sunburns and ultraviolet exposure

We wanted to provide you with some helpful guidelines to minimize sunburns and ultraviolet exposure to you and your family during the summer season. While most skin cancers are curable when detected and treated early, prevention is optimal.

Be good to your skin this summer by following these tips:

Avoid the midday sun between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm.

Avoid tanning and UV tanning beds/booths.

Liberally apply broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply 20 minutes prior to sun exposure and reapply every 2 hours.

Cover up with clothing including a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.

Perform a monthly self-examination of your skin looking for the signs of skin cancer. See the ABCDE’s of self-examination here.

Because of the sun exposure, most people take in their younger years, we recommend a yearly skin examination by a dermatologist.

If you have a skin condition in need of evaluation and treatment, please contact our dermatology clinic at (757) 481-1666. We serve Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Hampton Roads, Eastern Shore of Virginia and Maryland, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Our dermatologists are here to help you.