Primary prevention

Prevention is the Best Medicine

Aging and exposure to the sun take a huge toll on our most visible features — our face, arms, hands, and legs. With a more active, and outdoor-oriented population, preventive skin care is becoming more critical and must be an important part of your daily health regimen, regardless of your age.

At Arsenault Dermatology, our Primary Prevention program is designed to teach and educate patients what they can do to prevent the disfiguring effects brought on by the abuse of sun, excess weight, smoking and alcohol consumption, bad nutrition. Preventive dermatology focuses on ways to help you minimize skin problems.

Whether you golf, swim, bike or just walk under the strong Florida sun, you’ll need a strong preventive mindset to minimize future skin conditions regardless of your age. If you would like to learn more about our Primary Prevention program and how it can help you have a lifetime of great skin, please request an appointment online or call us at 941-907-0222.

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Preventive skin care 101

The Basics. Good habits are the most important criteria for healthy skin. Arsenault Dermatology will educate you to have a solid foundation in basic skin care routines. Do you properly cleanse your skin? If you wear makeup, do you remove all of it at the end of the day? Do you always wear sunscreen, even when it’s not sunny outside? Even though you may not see immediate results, these small steps will make a huge impact over time. 

Get Started. You are never too old or too young to start with good skin care habits. Even if you are in your teens, you should start developing healthy skin care habits. As you age, you can still nourish, pamper, and protect your skin. With proper care, regardless of age, your skin can look healthy.

Don’t overdo it. More is not necessarily better when it comes to skincare. Actually, you don’t need more than gentle face cleanser, moisturizer, under-eye cream and sunscreen in your daily routine. If you’re a big fan of makeup, you need a makeup remover, but again, healthy and fresh skin is your best beautification tool. Sometimes you might need some additional products like creams containing retinol or vitamin C to target the specific needs of your skin, but you should never try every novelty without consulting with the skincare expert.

Seek out a dermatologist when skin problems arise. If you notice changes to your skin, or if skin conditions start bothering you, consult a pro, such as a dermatologist, as soon as possible.

Blocking the sun. Protecting your skin from harmful rays of the sun is a must. Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause discoloration, wrinkles, freckles, age spots, moles, and even skin cancer. To protect yourself and your family from the sun, you should:

  • Avoid the sun during its strongest time — between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Seek shade;
  • Cover up by wearing wide-brimmed hats, long-sleeved shirts, and pants;
  • Use sunscreen and reapply it often (at least every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating);
  • Always use a sunscreen that has an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or more and offers both UVA and UVB protection (broad-spectrum);
  • Avoid tanning beds.