Sun Damaged Skin [Risks, Signs, & Outdoor Safety]Mar 24, 2021
Spring is here! Time to enjoy the warmer weather, maybe a much-needed vacation, and soon — fun days on the lake or at the parks!
You’ve got everything planned, but have you thought about sun protection? It’s easy to forget, especially with all of the fun things you’ve mapped out. But the truth is, including sun protection in your outdoor plans is important to keeping your skin healthy.
As great as the sun feels, too much of its ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA) rays can cause long-term problems for your skin. When you’re in the moment, it may seem worth the risk, but skin damage from sun exposure is more than temporary pain from sunburn.
The long-term effects of sun exposure can include:
- Premature wrinkles.
- Skin cancers (including melanoma).
- Age spots, Melasma and other brown spots.
While UV rays can have negative effects on anybody, you’re at greater risk if you have any of these traits:
- Light skin tone, including freckles.
- Fair hair colors like blonde, red and light brown.
- Multiple pre-existing moles.
- Family history of skin cancer.
Signs of Sun Damage
- Your skin looks worn-out or leathery.
- Brown spots have appeared on your face, chest, shoulders and hands.
- Wrinkles have increased and your skin is sagging more.
- New moles or new spots appear
- Red, dry, scaly spots develop
- Skin cancers are diagnosed and treated
Staying Safe When Spending Time Outside
The best way to approach spending time outside is to include sun protection as part of the plan right from the start. If you plan to take precautions, it’ll be easier to remember it when the time comes.
- Use a water-resistant sunscreen daily (SPF 30 or higher) and remember to reapply it approximately every 2 hours throughout the day! Clouds don’t shield you from the sun, so use sunscreen even on overcast days.
- Wear sun-protective clothes (including hats and sunglasses).
- Choose shady areas or use a sun umbrella between 10 am and 4 pm since the rays are strongest at this time.
- Be extra careful when you’re around water, as the sun can reflect off of it and increase your chance of getting burned.
About Center for Dermatology in Lakeville, Minnesota
The dermatology professionals at the Center for Dermatology are pleased to welcome you to our practice. We provide medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology services in Lakeville, MN. We know how hectic life can be and we’re committed to making our practice convenient and accessible.
You can feel confident that when you choose the Center for Dermatology, you’re working with health care professionals who are qualified, experienced and caring. We invite you to schedule an appointment for your next skin check. We look forward to meeting you!
Dr. Robert J. Zabel, D.O., Board Certified Dermatologist
Terry Larimer, PA-C
Sheila Cavallaro, PA-C