Sun Damage & Sun Spots
Soaking up the sun is a great way to get vitamin D however the sun’s strong rays can be damaging to our skin especially if we don’t protect our skin before exposure and moisturize it after.
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What causes Sun Damage?
The damage the sun does to skin is often referred to by several names, including photoaging, photodamage, solar damage, or sun damage. It is caused when ultraviolet (UV) light penetrates the skin causing DNA changes at a cellular level. Because sun damage happens in the deepest layers of the skin—the dermis—it can take years before the effects are seen on the outer most layer of the skin.
Once visible sun damage can appear as discolored spots, changes in texture, fine lines and wrinkles, moles and freckles and in some cases skin lesions that are cancerous.
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Preventing and treating Sun Damage
The best way to protect the skin from sun damage is to limit the amount of sun exposure your skin endures. Gardening or walking in the early morning hours before the sun is its most potent can help reduce the risk of sun damage.
Using a strong SPF on all exposed skin can also prevent the harmful effects of the sun. Sunscreen should also be worn in the winter. Large brimmed hats, sunglasses and covering exposed skin can also mitigate the dangerous effects of the sun.
Have moles, skin lesions and other skin abnormalities examined by a doctor to ensure it is not cancerous.