RALEIGH — All summer NCMS is bringing you tips to enjoy the great Carolina outdoors.  Melanoma Mondays run weekly until Autumn with information from your fellow NCMS members.  Today it’s Dr. Jolene Jewell, MD from Greensboro Dermatology Associates in Greensboro with how to survive a day at the beach with beautiful skin.  Enjoy!

Dr. Jolene Jewell, MD

Have fun and stay at the beach!

July is winding down and you may be planning a trip to the beach before school kicks off.  A fun day in the surf comes with plenty of risk to your skin.  Dr. Jolene Jewell has 3 tips to keep you skin looking it’s best:

  1.  Find cover!  There are many beach canopy options to provide shade while at the beach.  Not all of them are created equal, however.  When shopping make sure you look for umbrellas, canopies, or other sources of shade that have a UPF 50+ rating
  2. Choose the right sunscreen and don’t forget about your scalp.  Consider a wash-on sunscreen such as Klenskin.  These products can be used for your hair as well.  That provides an extra protection for your scalp.
  3. Be prepared for bites!  Be sure to pack some over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone for the beach.  With it you are prepared for any sand flea, sea lice, or no-see-um bites.  It is safe to treat most bites with hydrocortisone twice daily as needed.

Dr. Jewell is available to talk skin care with you at her practice in Greensboro. To contact her click here.