Sun Damage – Too Hot to Handle

California sunshine has just hit the beach cities of Orange County and you’ve finally got your beach body in shape.

You head to the shore along with your friends to setup your spot for sun bathing when you notice a mole on your left hand. What do you do? Well, if your friends aren’t qualified dermatologists, we suggest you rush to a skin clinic immediately.

As per California Department of Health Services, there are more new cases of skin cancer each year in California than total new cases of the next 12 cancer types combined. That’s because the Sun’s UV A&B rays create free radicals that in turn cause inflammation and lead to cancer. Ultraviolet rays from the Sun are known to cause photo aging, deep wrinkles, leathery skin, saggy skin and discolored blotches. These radiations also give way to Actinitic Keratosis – a pre-cancerous lesion.

We know what you’re thinking, why risk your skin to get that golden tan when you can just lay on a sun bed or light a sun lamp, right? We hate to burst your bubble but safe tanning is a myth as both those methods involve UVA radiations.

UV A rays or otherwise known as Long Wave radiations are responsible for wrinkles. They seep into the dermis and inhibit prolyl hydroxylase enzymes and reduce collagen synthesis. UV B rays or otherwise known as Short Wave radiations are responsible for most cancers. UVB wavelengths penetrate the epidermis & get fully absorbed in the upper dermis. Research indicates the average intensity of UVA is 100x stronger than UVB, it penetrates to the deeper dermis & is the primary cause of inflammation & deep wrinkles.

Repeated UV damage over years causes permanent genetic mutations that result in uncontrolled proliferation of abnormal skin cells, turning them cancerous. Make it a point to take some time out each year to visit a skin specialist near you to analyze the sun damage under a UV Skin Scope. UV Skin Scope lets physicians map out age spots and recognize their degree of sun damage. This allows early detection which is the key to skin cancer treatment. You can also apply some of these home remedies to reduce the extent of sun damage on your skin –

  • Use Sunscreen over SPF 15
  • Wear UV absorbing sunglasses
  • Increase intake of anti-oxidants
  • Get plenty of Vitamin C supplements

The annual cost of treating skin cancers in the U.S. is estimated at $8.1 billion but with a little precaution, you can dodge that bullet miles ahead without burning a hole in your pocket.

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