PLUS – a few things I learned about sunscreen during my visit to the dermatologist:
I do think it is important to practice what you preach so I went to get a skin cancer full body exam. Of course the fact that my husband mentioned that a mole on the back of my neck which I can’t see at all looked strange to him helped push me to make the appointment as well.
The appointment itself was quick and easy and made all the better by the fact that the dermatologist was friendly and outgoing. The nurse took my vitals and had me remove all my clothes except my bra and underwear; I put on a paper robe with the opening in the back. Once the doctor entered the exam room I told her about the two moles I wanted her to look at in particular. After she looked the moles over the doctor examined my entire body – from the scalp down, front and back including under my bra. It took all of five minutes – quick and easy like I said. Just think – five minutes to put your mind at ease (which is what happened with me) or to diagnosis a serious skincare condition. I truly don’t see a reason not to do a screening.
And the sunscreen issue:
Since the dermatologist was so friendly I jumped at the opportunity to pick her brain a bit about some skincare issues. First off I asked her what she thought about the EWG annual sunscreen report. Her response was that she didn’t agree with the findings in the report and that the group’s conclusions were misguided and even silly. Though my initially my thoughts about the EWG sunscreen report had been more borderline (see my earlier blog post about the report), that I was inclined to change my sunscreens to recommended brands by the EWG eventually, now after more thought I am beginning to think that the dermatologist is right. Since the EWG is the ONLY group saying the things that they are saying about sunscreens I want validation for at least another source before agreeing with them. The dermatologist told me that she recommends La Roche Posay Anthelios 45 Ultra-Light Fluid for Face and Vanicream SPF 30 (which by the way the EWG thinks is ok).
So please consider getting a skin cancer screening ASAP. All you need is five minutes (and ok time to wait to see the doctor too)