A Burn Isn’t the Only Indication of Sun Damage

Learn about warning signs you probably didn’t know to check for

If you’re a beach bum or just really enjoy being outside, you probably have a love-hate relationship with the sun. On the one hand, there is nothing quite like sitting out in its warmth on a beautiful day and soaking up some rays. On the other hand, although a little sunlight is good for us, we know that too much can have very serious consequences for our health.

 

Some signs of sun damage are pretty obvious; if you come home from a day outside looking like a freshly-boiled lobster, you know you were in the sun too long. However, many of them are much subtler. Here are some lesser-known things to look out for that could indicate your skin has experienced sun damage:

Dry skin

Most people have dry skin now and then, and this doesn’t necessarily mean you have sun damage. However, if your skin is constantly dry and flaky and just doesn’t seem like it can retain moisture for very long, this could be due to too much sun exposure.

Wrinkles

This one may seem like a no-brainer. Wrinkles may be a sign of age, but did you know that the vast majority of them are caused by spending too much time in the sun? If you feel as though you’re not old enough to have the wrinkles that are starting to develop, think about getting less ultraviolet rays to mitigate further damage.

Age spots

Don’t let the name fool you; anyone can develop these. If you notice dark brown or gray spots on your skin, it’s time to limit your time in the sun – and you should also think about getting checked out by a doctor if you see irregular patches of skin. Speaking of which …

Actinic keratosis

Of all the signs on this list, this is probably the most serious. Actinic keratosis manifests itself as a very small bump that has a rough texture and may be brown or yellowish, or possibly red or pink. It often appears in clusters on the hands, neck, face, or any other part of the body that has had long-term exposure to the sun. The worrisome aspect of actinic keratosis is that it could develop into cancer, which happens about 10 to 15 percent of the time. And unlike a sunburn or a tan, it will not go away on its own and is something that needs to be treated by a doctor.

 

When the weather is just perfect, it can be tempting to sit outside in the sun all day. If you plan to do so, make sure you’re protected with the right sunscreen and clothing, otherwise you will be putting yourself at risk for sun-damaged skin.

 

And if you’re looking to slim down before hitting the beach – safely – get in touch with the health coaches at Plantation Wellness at 954-452-4590 or via our online contact form.

 

Dr. Nina Coletta has been practicing Podiatric medicine for nearly 20 years and is the owner of Plantation Wellness Center. For the past 30 years, Dr. Coletta has been a fitness and nutrition enthusiast. Her passion for health and wellness, along with a strong desire to help her patients live healthy lifestyles, led to the selection of Ideal Protein as her platform of choice for weight loss.

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