Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Are You Protecting Your Lips This Summer?

Lip Care Atlanta GA

Are you diligent to protect your face and body from the sun but neglect your lips? You are not alone. A surprising number of people lather sunscreen on all exposed areas of their body, yet they forget the delicate skin on their lips. This can quickly lead to dry and sunburned lips. Not only can dry lips be uncomfortable, but it can also pose a serious risk in the form of skin cancer. Contrary to what many believe, the lips are not exempt from skin cancer!

Why are the lips prone to chapping and dryness? The skin on our lips are different than the skin on the rest of our body. The wet shiny part of our lips is covered with a thin delicate mucous membrane, which means they are missing that waterproof layer that normal skin contains on the outside. In result, the lips can dry out and get sunburned easier than other parts of our face.

There is a serious risk when the lips get frequently burned in the sun. Chronic sun damage on the lips can lead to actinic chelitis. Actinic chelitis is noted by rough, thickened skin with possible scabs or white, scaly patches. This is considered a pre-cancerous condition and must be addressed.

The Importance of Lip Care

Most of us fail to give our lips the attention and care they need. While the lips need moisture on a daily basis, many people (especially women) make the mistake of going outside with lip gloss or lipstick that contains petroleum jelly and oils. These ingredients don’t offer any SPF, and they can exacerbate sun damage. Essentially, you are frying your lips under the sun when you gloss them with these ingredients. In result, you may notice that your lips become dry, thin and discolored over time. 

Optimal lip care includes applying products that nourish and plump the lips while also protecting the lip’s mucous membranes from sunburn. It is important to pay special attention to the lower lip, as the lower lip sticks out further and receives the most direct sunlight. When it comes to choosing the best SPF moisturizer for your lips, ask a dermatologist. At Olansky Dermatology, we are here to answer your questions about skin protection or evaluate your lips for signs of skin cancer. Call our Atlanta office today to schedule your appointment.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates

Olansky Dermatology Associates – Atlanta Dermatologist
3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 355-5484
American College of Mohs Surgery Atlanta Association for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery American Academy of Dermatology American Medical Association American Medical Association

Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

Our Happy Patients

Olansky Dermatology Associates

4.7/ 5.0

Based on 229 reviews

Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

Kristen R.

Olansky Dermatology is wonderful! Our whole family goes. My daughter has had terrible eczema through the years and both my kids had mollescum too. They always make things better and spend time explaining whats wrong and how to fix it.

Mike D.

I recently had a couple appointments at Olanksy Dermatology and was seen by Julia Lee. Julie was excellent and quickly took care of the issue I was having with my skin. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology and especially Julia Lee to anyone in need of a dermatologist.

Tamima D.

My husband is a patient of PA Sharon Doering I appreciate all she did for my spouse. She’s very down to earth & made him feel comfortable. Sharon communicated in a way that he can understand.
Thank You

Lisa H.

I see the physician assistant Sharon Doering and she has drastically improved my skin! I highly recommend this practice and their brilliant thourough doctors. I finally have glowing skin!

Betty G.

I have had excellent experience at Olansky Dermatology. Dr Burger is meticulous and thorough and has a most pleasant and calm manner. I have every confidence in her and this office.

Cheyenne G.

Very kind and understanding people. Dr. Bellamy and her nurse took the time to listen to all my concerns and never made me feel rushed.

Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

Susan H.

Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!

Lindsay S.

I have been going to Olansky Dematology for many years now, whether for a specific problem, or just for a really great deep facial, and I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. Every single staff member is knowledgeable and professional. The customer service I receive every visit leaves a positive and lasting impression. I always feel comfortable and at ease while I am there. Great staff!

Janet R.

I seem to live at this place! Whether it’s for an appointment with a doctor or for an aesthetic treatment, I am there frequently. I cannot say enough good things. Efficient, friendly, the best doctors, and a new aesthetic center with the latest in procedures and products to keep us looking almost as young as we feel. It’s always fun to see Emily and she knows just what to recommend.