Ask the Pharmacist: Sun Protection for Seniors

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With aging, as a senior with your skin, you definitely should take a lot more precautions than when you're younger, primarily because your skin is much thinner than you were when you're younger. And you're also at much more higher risk for skin cancer.

First thing I always recommend is just wearing a hat. That's always just the basic, cover your head. It's the one that's always going to-- everyone forgets about most exposed area. Cover your head. Sunscreen, you definitely want to get something with an SPF of 30 or more, which is what protects your skin from burning in the sun. If you're going to go to the beach or any kind of water, definitely look at one that's water-resistant sunscreen.

With medications, you definitely want to check with your pharmacist your doctor if you're going to be out in the sun for any prolonged period of time. Most blood pressure medications do cause a little bit of sensitivity with your sun to the skin. But big thing you want to look out for is antibiotics. Antibiotics can definitely cause some serious sensitivity to your skin when you're on them.