How Does Sun Exposure Affect the Skin?
At Sanctuary Medical Center, our providers can assist patients in achieving beautiful, healthy skin. When doctor and patient work together to develop a skin care routine, they need to take into account how much time a patient spends in the outdoors. Too much exposure to UVA and UVB rays from the sun can have grave consequences.
What can happen with too much sun exposure?
There are many concerns that can occur due to routine and continued sun exposure. They include:
- Sunburn/sun spots – pigmentation issues are one of several issues that can be caused by sun exposure. Continued exposure to UVA and UVB rays can cause long-term sun spots, which are areas of pigmentation that become more permanent. The immediate result of too much sun without skin protection is sunburn, which many of us have dealt with at one time or another in our lifetime. This often happens during the middle part of the day, when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Without sun protection, the skin is vulnerable to sunburn, which can become dangerous!
- Aging – excessive sun exposure can also contribute to aging skin. The UVA and UVB rays can cause skin to age faster than ever! By protecting the skin when outdoors, patients can maintain their youthful appearance for as long as possible, and avoid advancing aging skin.
- Skin cancer – the most serious consequence of continued sun exposure is the development of skin cancer. There are various types of skin cancer that can develop, but melanoma is the most serious and deadly. Patients should always visit a medical professional at least once a year for a full body skin cancer screening. These screenings can help detect, diagnose, and treat skin cancer in the earliest stages for the most positive outcome.
Are you ready to learn more about taking care of your skin?
Contact the team of Sanctuary Medical Center in Boca Raton, FL to discuss your needs. Our team of professionals, including a wide variety of providers, can assist new and existing patients with developing skin care routines that meet their needs—and their lifestyle!
Contact our practice today at (561) 886-0970 and visit the practice at 4800 North Federal Highway, Suite C100.