This blog series is looking to clear up some common misconceptions about sun exposure. As your Boulder dermatologist, we are well-versed in the extra sun exposure that people living at this high altitude experience and the damage it does to people’s skin. According to information from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Colorado’s annual rate of melanoma is 15 percent higher than the national average. We are dedicated to your skin health and feel that education is part of helping people avoid sun damage and skin cancer. To learn about common misunderstandings about sun exposure, keep reading.

Safe in the Shade

  • It’s true that we are safer in the shade, then in the full sunshine, but not completely. It is important to remember that reflected sunlight still delivers UV rays to your skin. To be completely safe in the shade, apply sunscreen and cover up too.  

SPF Makeup Gives all the Protection you Need

  • If you wear makeup with SPF protection, you may think that your face has all the protection it needs against sun exposure. This is only partially true. SPF makeup is good protection for going to the grocery store or walking out to your mail box, but if you are taking a walk or planning any outdoor activity that will keep you in the sun for more than a few minutes. When you know you’ll be out in the sun, be sure to use sunscreen, not just makeup since the sun protection offered by makeup is very limited.


To learn more about the truth of sun exposure, read our next blog.  For an appointment for your annual skin check, call Kallgren Dermatology Clinic in Boulder.