SUN SAFETY

Skin Cancer Prevention

woman applying sunscreen on neck to protect skin from uv rays

To keep your skin healthy and reduce the risk of skin cancer, there are three important things to remember: protect, prevent, and detect.

3 Key Elements to Skin Cancer Prevention

  • Protect – The sun can be harsh, especially between 11 am and 3 pm. Try to stay out of direct sunlight during these hours. When you do go outside, wear protective clothing like a long-sleeved shirt with a collar or a special shirt that blocks harmful rays. Don’t forget to wear a hat and sunglasses to shield your face and eyes. Also, apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher at least 20 minutes before going outside. Remember to reapply it every two hours, especially if you’re sweating or swimming.
  • Prevent – Taking preventive measures is important. By following the tips above and being mindful of sun exposure, you can reduce the damage caused by the sun’s rays. This can help prevent skin cancer and other skin problems.
  • Detect – Regularly check your skin for any changes or abnormalities. It’s a good idea to have a doctor or dermatologist examine your skin on a routine basis. They can spot any potential issues early on, which increases the chances of successful treatment.

*‘If You Could See UV|Protect Your Skin.’ Youtube by cancerNSW.

*’Ella’s skin cancer story|Protect Your Skin.’ Youtube by cancerNSW.

Nicotinamide And Skin Cancer Prevention

There is evidence to suggest that nicotinamide, taken in a dosage of 500mg twice a day, may help in the prevention of certain types of skin cancer. Nicotinamide is a form of vitamin B3 and is known for its protective effects on the skin. It has been found to enhance DNA repair and reduce immune suppression caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure.

Several studies have shown promising results regarding the use of nicotinamide in preventing non-melanoma skin cancers, such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. However, it’s important to note that more research is needed to establish the exact dosage, duration, and effectiveness of nicotinamide for skin cancer prevention.

WHICH TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE?

Book in for a skin consultation with Dr Tina for an individualised treatment plan.  Your best treatment will often depend on your age, gender, triggers and causes of your condition.

FAQ

Some medical research suggests that avoiding extremely high intakes of dairy and sugary products with a high glycaemic index (GI) may be beneficial for those with acne.

 

Foods that are considered low GI include vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, fish, and whole grain breads and cereals. 

 

While dietary changes may not be a standalone solution for acne, they can certainly help accelerate the progress of acne treatment and improve overall skin health. Combining a healthy diet with medical treatments can provide the best results in managing acne and preventing further scarring.

Morning

  • Cleanser (non-soap)- Gentle, pH balanced cleansing gel
  • Toner- Balances and restores skin microbiome.
  • Lactic acid, salicylic acid - To resurface, hydrate, calm and balance oil flow.
  • 21% zinc oxide moisturiser with SPF 15 PA+++ - Calms skin redness and promotes healing and minimises excess oil flow and breakouts.

Night

  • Cleanser (non-soap)- Gentle, pH balanced cleansing gel
  • Toner- Balances and restores skin microbiome.
  • Niacinamide (B3)- Reduces breakouts and congestion by regulating oil flow.
  • Retinol- Regulates epidermal turnover, oil production and reduces inflammation.
  • Water-based moisturiser- Lightweight, non-comedogenic, oil-free formula.
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