Many people have questions about sunscreen and want answers from an expert. Read below to find board-certified dermatologist Dr. Melda Isaac’s answers to the most frequently asked questions about sun protection.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is broad-spectrum sunscreen?

A: Broad-spectrum refers to a sunscreen’s ability to protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Some sunscreens only protect against UVB rays. However ,UVA rays can also be harmful to the skin. Selecting a broad-spectrum sunscreen ensures that your skin will be protected from both types of rays.

Q: Do I need to wear sunscreen in the winter?

A: Yes, sunscreen should be worn year-round. Just because the weather is cooler does not mean the sun’s rays cannot damage your skin. While you may wear less sunscreen in the winter than you do in the summer, it is advisable to protect your skin from sun damage every day throughout the year.

Q: Besides using sunscreen, what other steps can I take to help prevent skin cancer?

A: Thankfully, skin cancer is a very preventable disease. While sunscreen is a major component, there are other things that people can do to decrease their risk of getting skin cancer. To minimize sun damage, avoid prolonged sun exposure and try to avoid being in the sun during the hottest time of the day. If you are going to be outside, look for shade whenever possible and wear protective clothing and hats.

Q: Are homemade and DIY sunscreens effective?

A: While homemade sunscreens are becoming more popular, their effectiveness against protecting the skin from sun damage has not been tested or proven. It is advisable to use a sunscreen that has been proven to block harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Q: My moisturizer and makeup have SPF in them. Is that sufficient sun protection?

A: Applying beauty and skin care products with SPF in them is an excellent way to protect your skin against the sun on a regular basis if you are only going to be in the sun for a short amount of time. For jobs outside or outdoor activities, it is best to apply sunscreen in order to receive maximum protection.

Q: Can Dr. Isaac recommend a high-quality sunscreen?

A: Yes! Our office offers professional-grade skin care products that have the most advanced ingredients available. Ask Dr. Isaac during your next consultation about the sunscreen products offered!

To learn more about sunscreen products in Washington DC, visit WebMD.com.

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For more information on the best ways to protect your skin, schedule a consultation with expert dermatologist Dr. Melda Isaac by calling MI Skin Dermatology Center in Washington DC at (202) 817-2249 today!

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