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Doctor Says: Put That Sunscreen On Thick

At the pool or anywhere outside, Kentuckians should reapply sunscreen every two hours to avoid sunburns and skin damage. (Greg Stotelmyer)
At the pool or anywhere outside, Kentuckians should reapply sunscreen every two hours to avoid sunburns and skin damage. (Greg Stotelmyer)
August 1, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – As August begins, the long-range forecast in Kentucky is for temperatures in the 80s day after day. While school will be starting soon, summer is far from over and that means, don't put the sunscreen away.

Dermatologist Katie Osley reminds everyone to still be careful to avoid damage while catching some rays. Her advice for avoiding overexposure from the sun - wear a layer of lightweight and cotton clothes, stay in the shade, or make sure sunscreen is close at hand.

When it comes to sunscreen, Osley says not to worry about the brand.

"People shouldn't really get caught up in that so much," she says. "I think that the most important thing is that you have 30 SPF or higher or one of the zinc or titanium dioxide-based sunscreens, and you need enough of it."

Osley says people having fun in the sun should reapply every two hours and that an average-sized person needs to apply at least a shot glass's amount each application. She says people whose skin becomes tan in the sun face the same risk of skin damage from too much exposure.

Osley also says it's important for people of any age to avoid sunburns.

"I never like for people to say things like, 'Well, I've already done the damage, why don't I just go out in the sun now? It's not going to make a difference,'" she continues. "That's not true it all. It exponentially gets worse the more you do it. So, even if you're in your 50s, 60s, 70s, still be really careful in the sun and try not to get sunburned."

Too many sunburns can lead to damage and even skin cancer. There are a number of different types of cancer. Osley says melanoma is the least common but the most deadly.

She says if you find a spot on your skin that is growing or changing rapidly, go to the doctor and get it checked out.

Greg Stotelmyer , Public News Service - KY