May is Melanoma Awareness month and in today’s article, we will look at the ABCDE of skin lesions and the importance of early detection and proper treatment. For those of us who perform facials, waxing, and body treatments our clients need to be aware of any new, evolving, or slow to heal skin lesions and to encourage them to book yearly checkups with their primary care physician or dermatologist as needed.
The ABCDE rule, first introduced in 1985 as the ABCD rule and then expanded in 2004 to the ABCDE rule, encompasses several clinical features of melanoma, including Asymmetry, Border irregularity, Color variation (both intralesional color variation as well as a color that is different from the patient’s other nevi), Diameter greater than 6mm, and Evolving (a new or changing lesion). The F indicates spots that are Funny looking * Sited from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4345927/
Along with regular checkups, it is the perfect time of year for professionals to focus on safe sun practices such as:
- Try to avoid the mid-day sun from 10-3
- Cover up with UV protective clothing and find a nice hat with a pair of fabulous big sunglasses
- Eat a diet rich in anti-oxidants to facilitate the repair of UV damage skin
- Wear UVA and UVB SPF every day to prevent premature aging
Our favorite go-to formulas to repair sun-damaged skin is in our Private label classic collection. The Retinol serum and cream will rejuvenate, hydrate, and emolliate the skin without the sensitivity associated with conventional retinol on the market.