Melanoma Awareness Month: How to Become a Skin Checker with La Roche-Posay
Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime*? When caught and treated early, many skin cancers can be curable. La Roche-Posay is on a mission to help fight skin cancer and part of that mission involves educating others on the importance of checking their skin regularly! Interested in learning more about La Roche-Posay’s Save Our Skin campaign—and watching an adorable skin check tutorial featuring a couple oh-so-lovable animals? Keep reading!
With May being Melanoma Awareness Month, we at Skincare.com thought there was no better time to remind you about the importance of year-round sun protection and keeping an eye on your skin. La Roche-Posay—a brand in L’Oreal’s portfolio—feels the same! The brand’s Save Our Skin (SOS) Campaign urges everyone to follow three key steps all year long in order to better help protect yourself from the effects of the sun.
- Protect your skin – if you don’t already it’s time to wear broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen each and every day (yes folks, rain or shine and even in the wintertime!) What’s more, it’s not enough to just slather it on in the morning and forget about it. Be sure to reapply your sunscreen at least every two hours to any exposed areas of skin—and more often if you’re swimming or sweating.
- Play it safe in the sun – Even if you’re wearing sunscreen day in and day out, the sun can still wreak havoc on your skin. Play it safe by seeking shade and staying out of direct sunlight during peak hours, plus make an effort to wear sunglasses and protective clothing like hats.
- Check your moles – When was the last time you took a long, hard look at your skin from head to toe to spot any changes? Better yet, when was the last time you had a full-body skin check with your dermatologist? While sunscreen (and smart sun habits) are your first line of defense against UV rays, regular skin checks are the second. Below we share more about how you can help to check your skin in between yearly visits to the dermatologist.
Now that you know the three key steps, it’s time to learn how to be your own skin checker in between visits to a professional dermatologist. La Roche-Posay makes it a breeze—and a pleasure—thanks to this adorable video!
Before getting started it’s important to know what you’re looking for. When it comes to abnormal moles it’s key to know your ABCDE’s.
- A for Asymmetry – typical moles and birthmarks will be round and symmetrical
- B for Borders – typical moles will have regular and geometric borders, not ragged
- C for Color – typical moles will have one unified color
- D for Diameter – typical moles are small in size
- E for Evolution – When you check your skin regularly you are able to make notes of any changes in size, color, or thickness of your moles and birthmarks. If you notice any changes, it’s time to make an appointment.
To start your own regular skin check routine at home, follow the seven steps below!
- First, take a look at your whole face, paying special attention to your nose, nostrils, lips, inside of your mouth, and both sides of the ears.
- Next, use a hairdryer and a mirror to check every section of your scalp (you can also ask a friend or family member to help as well!).
- For your arms, face a full-length mirror and start with your elbows, then check the sides of your arms and forearms.
- Your hands are next, check both hands—palm side up and down!—and look between each of your fingers and under the nails.
- For your back, stand tall in front of a full-length mirror and use a hand mirror to check the back of your neck, shoulders, upper and lower back, and also check your behind.
- For your torso, check your neck and chest and stomach—women, remember to check underneath each breast for moles as well.
- Finally, check your legs and any private areas using a mirror.
Remember, while it’s great to check yourself regularly, it’s important to schedule an appointment for a full-body skin check at least once a year with your dermatologist or physician. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends examining your own skin from head-to-toe every month and see your physician every year for a professional skin exam.
*Source: Skin Cancer Foundation