Sun Screen

  • Australia has one of the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world. Two in three Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70. Melanoma is the third most common cancer and skin cancers account for 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers.
    At Medical Skin Clinic Australia we provide a service that aims to identify skin cancers early to ensure best possible outcomes through skin checks, monitoring, biopsies and treatments of any suspicious lesions.

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  • We currently understand a number of causes of skin cancer. These aspects can therefore be understood, avoided or educated about. However there are still some unanswered questions surrounding their development.

    At Medical Skin Clinic Australia we will help you to identify some of your individual risk factors and advise you how you can protect your skin and prevent damage.

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  • Sun exposure can also cause skin changes known as solar keratosis or actinic keratosis (commonly known as sunspots).

    These are of concern as they are felt to be pre cancerous lesions, which means if left untreated they have the potential to turn into a skin cancer – commonly a squamous cell carcinoma.

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  • We all know we need to protect ourselves from the sun and most now know how this should be accomplished.

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  • How good a sunscreen is at protecting you from UV radiation is measured by its sun protection factor or SPF.

    SPF measures HOW LONG it will take for UVB rays to redden the skin when using the sunscreen, compared to how long it will take without sunscreen.

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  • Early detection of a skin cancer is essential to reduce your risk of harm.

    At Medical Skin Clinic Australia we recommend having a skin check with one of our doctors so you can discuss your individual risk factors, understand what to look for, when to seek help and ensure early detection. A skin check by a doctor is commonly recommended every 2-3 years however your individual characteristics may alter this.

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  • At Medical Skin Clinic Australia, a doctor always performs a clinical mole mapping.

    This involves a fully body examination of your skin by the doctor, who uses an instrument called a dermatoscope. This instrument allows the doctor to see your moles at a higher magnification.

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  • After a skin examination has been done, it is possible the doctor may find a mole or skin lesion that they are concerned about which may need some treatment.

    Treatment for skin cancers can vary depending on the type of skin cancer, its size, its location and its depth. The doctors at Medical Skin Clinic Australia are here to help and support you. They will explain all possible options and allow you to chose a solution you understand and are happy to progress with.

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  • Medical Skin Clinic Australia offer a skin treatment called Photodynamic Therapy.

    Photodynamic therapy is a treatment that can be used for a number of different problems. Its main use is in the treatment of pre malignant skin lesions such as solar keratosis and the treatment of skin cancers. It can also be used for skin rejuvenation, acne, rosacea and wound healing.

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Understand Sunscreen

How good a sunscreen is at protecting you from UV radiation is measured by its sun protection factor or SPF.

SPF measures HOW LONG it will take for UVB rays to redden the skin when using the sunscreen, compared to how long it will take without sunscreen.

How long it protects you for will therefore be very different for each individual and could vary daily dependent on the suns intensity. For example, in some conditions it may take you 20 minutes to redden, whereas on another day it could take you only 10 minutes.

The number of the SPF gives you this time scale. For example, SPF 15 means its will take 15 times longer to redden your skin than it would take without sunscreen.

SPF 30 , means it will take 30 times longer to redden your skin than it would without sunscreen.

Therefore if it usually take you 10 minutes to go red without sunscreen, with SPF 15 it will take you 150 minutes to go red (15x10). So reapply sunscreen at least every 150 minutes.

However if it takes your friend 5 minutes to go red without sunscreen , with SPF 15 it will now take 75 minutes to go red (15x5). Your friend will need to reapply the sunscreen more often than you.

An SPF 15 will screen 93% of the suns UVB, whilst an SPF 30 will screen against 97% and an SPF 50 will screen against 98%. For this reason current recommendations are to use a broad spectrum SPF 30.

Sunscreens curently only have a UVB protection rating via the SPF system.

However, you need to protect your skin against both UVA and UVB rays as both are known to be harmful. To ensure you are getting this, a product should also contain a UVA screening ingredient such as – stabilized avobenzone, ecamsule, oxybenzone, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. This will often be labeled on the packaging as Broad Spectrum or say UVA Protection. Currently there is no rating system for UVA protection.

The protective ingredients found in sunscreen are either chemical ie they form a film on the skin which absorbs UV light before it penetrates the sun, or physical, which reflect the UV rays away from the skin. Most sunscreens contain a mixture of both ingredients.

At Medical Skin Clinic Australia we are a Doctor led service run in a RACGP accredited clinic where we only use medical grade equipment and treatments with medical evidence to show they work. We look at all aspects of your skin in a holistic manner from skin cancers, laser treatments, cosmetics and nutrition. We aim to educate you on your skin and support you to ensure you make decisions you are happy with.

We are always warm and welcoming and want to treat you like a VIP. We always listen to and follow up your concerns and answer any questions, ensuring you have a trusted honest team dedicated to lifelong skin protection.

If you would like to make an appointment then please call the clinic on 03 5261 6171 to arrange an appointment or book online.
Skin is your confidence,

Let us protect it for you.



TORQUAY: 160 Surfcoast highway, Torquay, Victoria


(03) 5261 6171


-Friday 9am – 5pm.

Saturday 9am – 3pm.

Other times by appointment only



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