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What is National Healthy Skin Month?

November is National Healthy Skin Month and is Sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology. It was created for people to give extra attention to their skin.

Why is it important?

Our skin is actually the largest organ of the body! No matter your age, race, or gender, everyone must protect their skin. Humans shed their skin like many animals do. And every 28 days, our skin renews itself. Skin can be an indicator when something changes in our health. That’s one of the reason why it’s so important to do monthly skin checks.

Skin cancer is extremely common here in the U.S.. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, before the age of 70, 1 in every 5 Americans will develop some sort of skin cancer. There are three types of major skin cancer: Basal cell carcinoma, Squamous cell carcinoma and Melanoma. Melanoma can be life threatening but is treatable when caught early. Many people do not realize how easy it is to develop skin cancer. Did you know that having more than five sunburns doubles the risk of getting Melanoma?

How to celebrate National Healthy Skin Month:

  • Relax - It’s important to get plenty of rest and do activities that relax you. When we’re stressed, it tends to affect our skin. Whether you break out with a rash, hives, or more, it can cause conditions like psoriasis.
  • Hydrate - Water is very important for both our body and our skin. By drinking enough water each day, it helps the body and skin stay hydrated.
  • Examine - Finally, be sure to check your skin often. Help check your loved ones’ skin in case there are spots they can’t see.

How to check your skin:

Find a mirror and start your own skin check. Look at your face, neck, stomach, chest, and ears for any abnormal coloring or spots. Also look at your arms and underarms. Then sit and look at your legs and feet.

For your back, use a handheld mirror. Or if you feel comfortable, have someone assist.

Be on the lookout for discoloration, a new or growing spot or bump, or a sore that won’t heal. Check for red patches and moles that are growing or changing shape and color.

Make sure if you see anything unusual to contact a dermatologist. They’ll test the area for you.

Tips to maintain healthy skin:

  • Wash your face every day.
  • Apply an SPF 30 sunscreen daily in any kind of weather.
  • Use thicker lotions after showers.
  • Protect those lips! Use lip balm with SPF protection.
  • Try to get Vitamin D naturally or by taking vitamins.
  • Always remove your makeup before bed.
  • Give your skin extra care in the winter.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Exercise.
  • Perform monthly skin examinations.

It’s important we take care of our skin. Make sure to give it n some extra love this month!

Medicare and your skin

Some Medicare Advantage plans may cover dermatology appointments. Speak with a Licensed Insurance Agent today at the Medicare Support Center at CVS to ensure you’re getting the most out of your health plan.

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