One of the most important things we can do to protect our patients from potentially deadly skin cancers is to educate them on the importance of sun protection. 50% of men and 25% of women will experience hair thinning and loss due to the genetic conditions of male or female pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia). Combined, these conditions tally to over 80 million people in the United States!
Hair care professionals are truly on the front line to notice and to inform our patients if we see any unusual skin changes as you we working with their hair. We regularly see more scalps than dermatologists, primary care physicians, or any other type of medical professionals, so we’re able to notice changes early on, which is critical when talking about skin cancer.
As the saying goes, “if you see something, say something”
For our hair loss patients struggling with sun protection, we recommend an effective sunscreen to protect them against the harmful effects of solar radiation. Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15; however, 45+ are even better. Re-apply it every 2 hours during sun exposure. Finally, wearing a covering such as a hat and sun protective clothing is a must for anyone dealing with thin hair and baldness.