sun and skin

What does sunlight do to our skin ?

UV radiation from the sun not only causes accelerated ageing but also is responsible for increasing incidence of skin cancer. Melanin, the skin pigment, protects from UV damage from sunlight. Hence the darker the skin, better protected it is. Fair skin is a risk factor for skin cancer. UV rays not only damage the skin but can also harm your eyes.

Sun protection is extremely important if you have fair skin. Using a high factor broad spectrum sunscreen is advisable which protects against both kind of UV radiation, UVA and UVB. Both cause sun burn and are responsible for DNA damage which increases the risk of skin cancer. Best protection is physical protection. Best is to cover your skin with closely woven clothes, also using an umbrella, wearing a broad rim hat and staying in the shade are most effective ways to avoid sun damage. When out and about, cover yourself with a broad spectrum sunscreen for exposed areas. The sun screen needs to be liberally applied and needs to be topped up frequently. Wear sunglasses and be more careful around snow, water and sand to avoid reflected UV rays. Avoid being in the sun between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM in summers.

Apart from sun damage, sometimes sunlight can trigger skin conditions which are called Photodermatoses. If you feel that sunlight triggers a rash on your skin which is mainly restricted to sun exposed areas, discuss with your GP or consult a dermatologist. Sunlight also is beneficial and responsible for the production of Vitamin D in our body, which is responsible for bone health. If you are practicing rigorous sun protection, you could become deficient in Vitamin D which can be replaced with supplementation.

Any queries and for further information, please ask during your consultation.

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