Many people love the sun. Many of us like to be tan and, for most of us, the warmth of the sun makes us happier. However, as you probably know, the sun can cause damage to your skin. Just one bad burn can result in enough mutation to cause squamous cell carcinoma down the road. What are we saying? Wear sun screen! Reapply sun screen! Put sun screen on your children!
Too much exposure to the sun could cause pre-cancerous (actinic keratosis) and cancerous skin lesions including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Too much exposure can make fine and coarse wrinkles more pronounced, increase freckles and cause sun spots, discolored skin (called mottled pigmentation).
Although most skin damageÂ occurs before we are 18, skin can repair itself so it is not too late to start protecting yourself agains the sun. Here’s how:
- Apply sun screen 30 minutes prior to exposure and reapply every few hours.
- Wear Sun Glasses with UV Protection as the sun can cause damage to your eyes as well.
- Use products that offer UV protection such as contact lenses, lip balm and make-up.
- Perform regular check-ups
- Visit your doctor or Dermatologist to get moles and at risk spots removed.