Friday, November 12, 2010

Keep Your Skin Safe

Apply Sunscreen
Visit our new health display in Youth Services in honor of the American Academy of Dermatology's National Healthy Skin Month and learn more about how to take good care of your skin.

Here are some tips:
  • Protect yourself from the sun by using sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.
  • Wash your face with a gentle cleanser each morning and night. If you wear make-up, be sure to remove it before sleeping.
  • Visit a dermatologist (skin doctor) once a year for a whole-body mole check.
  • Learn your ABCDs when looking at your freckles and moles:
    1. Asymmetry — when one half of a mole looks different from the other
    2. Border irregularity — if the edge of the mole has an odd shape
    3. Color — if the whole mole is not the same color everywhere
    4. Diameter — be cautious if the diameter is greater than 6 mm
  • Eat a healthy diet. Eating a variety of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and protein will help keep your skin fresh and healthy.
  • If you have acne, do not pick, pop, or squeeze blemishes. This can cause a permanent scar!
Would you like more information about taking care of your skin? Ask a Youth Services Librarian!

“On the Path to Good Health” is supported by Kaiser Permanente and the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends.

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