July is Sunburn Prevention & Treatment Month

SUNBURN PREVENTION & TREATMENT

PREVENTING A SUNBURN

• Find a sunscreen you like and reapply often – share with others!

• SPF 30-50: Look for zinc oxide ingredient.

• Find shade whenever possible.

• UV Protection clothing is awesome – hats, shirts, scarfs, pants, etc.

TREATING A SUNBURN

• Act Fast – At the first sign of a sunburn.

• Cool the skin down with cool compresses.

• Moisturize skin with aloe and/or green tea.

• Drink plenty of water and fluids such as sports drinks.

• Utilize nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (ibuprofen) over the counter.

• Consume antioxidants through fruits, vegetables and vitamins.

• Call Velum Skin & Laser Center if you need help.

Velum Skin & Laser Center has hydrating facials and other topical creams that will help lessen the damage.  Your skin will heal, but sunburns last forever! 

Call Velum Skin & Laser Center and see Dr. Cheryl S Cook (406) 656-1244

May is Melanoma Awareness Month

Skin Cancer is the #1 cancer in the United States and on the rise! Melanoma is the #1 cancer in young white American women today.  

WHAT IS MELANOMA? 

• Melanoma is a malignancy (cancer) of melanocytes, occurs in skin and other areas.

• The 3rd  most common skin cancer after basal and squamous cell cancer.

• Melanoma is one of the most dangerous tumors since it has the ability to spread or metastasize to any organ including the brain and heart. 

• One person dies every hour from Melanoma. 

WHO GET IT?....ANYBODY! 

You are more at risk if you've had sunburns, lots of sun exposure, used tanning beds (even once), lots of moles, a personal history of skin cancer, family history of Melanoma. 

WHAT TO DO? 

• Protect your skin with sunscreen, UV clothing, seek shade, wear a hat.  Apply Sunscreen 30-50 SPF every AM all year long and reapply often. 

• Know your skin by looking for changes, use a mirror for tough to see areas. 

• Know the signs of possible Melanoma, ABCDE

ASYMMETRIC
BORDERS
Irregular COLORS
Different DIAMETER
Big or Small EVOLVING Changing

Evolving is an important one.  Recent studies show chronic itching of a mole can be an early sign of Melanoma.  See your primary care physician or skin specialists. 

Get a spot check or full body skin exam this month and learn more.

Call Velum Skin & Laser Center and see Dr. Cheryl S Cook (406) 656-1244

     

 

 

April is Acne Awareness Month

ACNE AWARENESS MONTH

Acne is the most common skin problem known - currently affects 60 million Americans.

WHO GETS IT? 

• If affects men, women and children of all ages.

• Some people are born with the gene and will suffer from it no matter what.

• Almost all teenagers get some pimples at sometime.

• Common during puberty as oil glands come to life.

• Men and women with hormonal changes.

WHY? 

• Increase oil production and dead cells on the skin lead to clogged pores and bacteria build up.

• Worsened by hormones, certain medications, diet (high glycemic index sugar), stress.

WHAT TO DO? 

First steps to prevent and treat.

1) Wash your face two times a day.

2) Find over the counter products.

• Benzyl Peroxide Wash - Panoxyl (can bleach clothes if left on)

• "Noncomedogenic" make up or products

• Use daily sunscreen that helps acne - Elta MD - Clear at Velum Skin & Laser Center. Cetaphil oil control and others.

• Remove make up and dirt from face nightly.

• Shower after exercise.

• Avoid picking or touching face.

3) Vitamin D in food or supplement at least 400 units a day. 

4) OTC Acne control products available at Velum Skin & Laser Center.

5) Consider a facial chemical peel, light therapy or a quick injection for acute pimple.

Call our office for more information.  Velum Skin & Laser Center (406) 656-1244.