It can be sad to see summer coming to a close, but all that fun in the sun was well-deserved. However, the bright days you enjoyed over the past few months may have a dark side. Even if your sunburns are all healed up and you are more concerned about the cooler months to come, these last few weeks of summer may be the perfect time of the year to get a full skin exam. Make sure that your skin didn’t pay a steep price for all that sun.
The Benefits of a Full Skin Exam
A full skin exam is a screening for any health problems that may be associated with your skin. These could include abnormal growths, infections, or skin reactions to allergens. The main benefit of regular full skin screenings is that you may not recognize potentially troubling changes to your skin if they happen gradually, but a screening can catch them before they become a major health concern. Early detection of skin cancer such as melanoma is one of the most potentially life-saving benefits of getting a full skin examination.
Why the End of Summer?
The main reason to schedule a skin exam as summer ends is that it is on your mind. You have spent the summer wearing seasonal clothing and may have had the opportunity to notice certain changes in your skin. Perhaps a mole is larger than it used to be or there is a persistent lesion that has bled at some point in the summer. There is also the fact that exposure to the sun and other hazards in the outdoors may be a risk factor that should be taken into consideration. An end-of-summer screening provides peace of mind and lets you go back to work and school with a clear head without needing to worry if there is a potential health problem growing beneath your winter clothes.
Combine a Screening with Other Skin Care Treatments
While a full skin exam is a potentially life-saving procedure, you can still make a beneficial day out of it. Your skin has taken a beating from the sun, sand, and surf. A visit to our office to rejuvenate your skin may be just what you need to keep that summer glow into the colder months.