Sunburns occur frequently in those spending time outdoors. Unfortunately, sun damage builds up over time and is cumulative. Not only does it lead to wrinkles, but it can lead to skin cancers. Remember that skin cancer can affect all ages! We are seeing this occur more frequently in younger and younger people.
Wearing clothing, avoiding sunlight in peak hours and wearing sunscreen can significantly reduce the risk of developing sun-related issues. Look for sunscreen with at least 30 SPF and has broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Apply every 2-3 hours, and more often if getting wet or sweating. Most damage occurs between the hours of 10am and 3pm, when the sun is highest in the sky and during late Spring and Summer when the days are longest. Also note that as you go higher in elevation, the sun’s rays are more powerful due to less filtering of the atmosphere and can lead to even more sunburn.
If you have new spots on your skin that seem odd/ugly, are not uniform, have an irregular border, has different colors, or is larger than size of a pencil eraser, come get it looked at by one of our skilled family medicine providers here at CFM. We would be happy to look at it!
Bring on the heat!