Protecting and controlling the skin is important in both summer and winter. Did you know that damage to skin is gradual and doesn’t always occur immediately after sun exposure, so it’s during the long winter that skin changes can often go unnoticed, as you’re wrapped in many layers of clothing and forget to check on your skin health?
Therefore, it is important to always do a quick check of moles from time to time in front of the mirror. Do this once a month, perhaps right after a shower. If you notice any abnormalities, contact your dermatologist; otherwise, make an appointment for a mapping once a year.
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Do You Have To Wear An SPF In Winter?
It is unnecessary to wear an SPF from December to February to protect the skin from melanoma, but it will still help with photoaging. Wear SPF sunscreen with a factor of at least 15 (but ideally 30) on your face to prevent oxidative damage.
How To Check For Moles At Home
Any mole that stands out differently from other moles on your skin is one that should be taken seriously. The ABCDE guide is a quick way to remember the warning signs.
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- Asymmetry: It has an irregular shape.
- Edge: Beware of unclear, uneven, or blurry edges.
- Color: Is your mole the same color? Keep an eye out for any color changes, mostly black or blue colors, multiple colors, or light areas.
- Diameter: Is your mole smaller than the tip of a pencil? Melanoma is usually more than 6mm in diameter. However, anything growing should be reviewed as melanomas can start small.
- Evolution: Is the mole the same size as when you first noticed it? Monitor for any changes in size, color, scabs, itching, or bleeding of existing moles.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff