The Risks of Catching Rays

September 29, 2022

Hanging out in the sun is a summertime ritual and practically mandatory while on tropical vacations. Sure, you’re smart enough to wear sunscreen with a high SPF, but that’s sometimes not enough. While you’re having all of that fun in the sun, you’re also damaging the exposed sections of your skin. As the years pass, your increase your risk for skin cancer, wrinkles, scaly patches and age spots. 

The office of Dermatology for the Family is an expert in the field of dermatology. We will gladly give you as much time as you need to tell us about any concerns you may have and receive clear explanations regarding your treatment options. 

Here’s a look at some of the possible consequences of spending too much time with ultraviolet (UV) light from Ol’ Sol.

Your skin’s fibers, called collagen and elastin, get damaged and start to stretch and sag. Uneven skin tones caused by the sun make some places on your body look darker and others lighter. The UV rays can also permanently change your skin’s small blood vessels to the point where it acquires a reddish tone. People with fair skin or blond or red hair are susceptible to developing perpetual freckles that are most conspicuous in the summer. Many folks have them on their shoulders and the length of their arms. Be aware that some cancers in their initial stages can appear as a freckle. See a dermatologist if one changes color, shape or size, or if it itches or bleeds. 

Age spots are gray or brown areas spawned by your younger days in the daylight. They show up on your chest, hands and face, and become visible as you age. Your lower lip, whose skin is very delicate, might develop actinic cheilitis (informally called “farmer’s lip”). Scaly patches, swelling, dryness and cracking are its usual symptoms. Also, the sharp distinction between your lip and skin may wane. See a dermatologist; it could evolve into squamous cell carcinoma. 

Sunlight feels great on your face, which is one reason you must pay particular attention to your nose, forehead, ears and lips. They often get no love from sunscreen. Slather them with SPF 30 with at least 7 percent zinc oxide. 

Dermatology for the Family is dedicated to providing the best skilled and considerate care. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us today for an appointment. We look forward to finding out how we can help you.