Local dermatologist gives tips on summer skin safety

Posted at 9:36 AM, Jun 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-05 10:36:35-04

Summer is around the corner, which means many are likely enjoying the outdoors. However, dermatologists say enjoying some fun in the sun could have a serious impact on the health of your skin. 

Dr. Beverly Held is a local dermatologist who says, in Corpus Christi, it’s summer year-round as people spend hot summer days spent near the pool are on the beach. Dr. Held adds it’s important to check your body for any signs of skin cancer.

"Most of the things that patients don’t like about their skin as we age is all due to sunlight," Dr. Held said.

Skin cancers like melanoma or other more common cancers could be the result of too much exposure to the sun and poor skin care. That’s why dermatologists like Dr. Held are encouraging people to check all areas of the body, including the face, chest, arms and legs. Skin cancers can show up in any area of the body, so it’s important to do a thorough check.

Anything abnormal looking could be a sign of something wrong. Dr. Held says there is one clear warning sign to look out for.

"If it’s changing, we need to check it out," Dr. Held said. "So if it’s growing, if it’s bleeding, if it’s irritated, if it’s doing anything unusual."

If you have a suspicious spot, Dr. Held strongly encourages you to see a doctor immediately.

Dr. Held adds, you can protect your skin by applying sunblock and/or sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, or sitting in the shade.