Question: How can I protect my skin from sun damage while still enjoying the outdoors?
Enjoying some sun while at the beach or a backyard barbecue can feel good and invigorating, but you may not realize just how dangerous the sun can be to your health. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, more than one million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed every year.
Many people mistake the changes to their skin—wrinkles, freckles and discoloration—as a normal part of the aging process. But these changes are actually the result of sun exposure.
The ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun damages the skin’s fibers. Over time, as the fibers, called elastin, deteriorate, the skin sags, stretches and loses it elasticity. It’s also more susceptible to bruises and tears.
Fortunately, because skin can sometimes repair itself, it’s never too late to start protecting yourself from the effects of the sun.
Practice these tips to decrease your risk of developing skin cancer and minimize skin damage.
When it’s caught early, skin cancer is very treatable, so be sure to carefully and thoroughly examine your skin every year. If you notice any irregularities, consult with a physician, like those at Columbia St. Mary’s dermatology department.
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Gateway Medical Clinic
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