There are the photos you post on Snapchat, and then there are the skin pics you should share with one person only: your dermatologist.
“A baseline set of full-body medical photographs can help you and your doctor monitor your moles for signs of cancer,” says Adnan Nasir, M.D., Ph.D., a clinical professor of dermatology at UNC Chapel Hill. “I recommend it for people with a family history of skin cancer or who have lots of moles.”
Discuss a possible photo op with your doctor. If he or she thinks it’s worthwhile, you’ll be given a scrip for the shoot.
For the nearest location, go to canfieldsci.com or digitalderm.com.
Dr. Nasir has a few more tips to keep your skin healthy this summer.
Pull Down All the Shades
“I compete in triathlons to stay fit but am wary of sun damage. I run on shaded trails, always wear a hat, and protect my face with wraparound sunglasses, which can cut the risk of cataracts and skin cancer around your eyes. My Oakley shield sunglasses have nonslip nose pads and earpieces.”
Eat for Your Epidermis
“A Mediterranean diet can reduce your risk of all kinds of ailments, from acne to melanoma. The antioxidants in produce and the omega-3s in olive oil and fatty fish reduce inflammation and repair DNA. I eat this meal twice a week: grilled salmon on mesclun greens, strawberries, goat cheese, and walnuts.”
Run a Winning Screen Play
“I prefer SPF 30 sunscreens that are water-resistant, rub-resistant, and not too greasy, like Blue Lizard, Coppertone Sport, and CoTZ. I also take Heliocare supplements. They have an antioxidant that can prevent and even reverse sun-related UV damage, according to University of Miami research.”