What is the difference between UVA and UVB rays?

Beautiful girl happy with UV sun rays and city pollution protection skin care concept.We've all heard that UV rays from the sun can be harmful to our skin. Ultraviolet light can have a significant impact on the skin's appearance and health, which is why protection from the sun with high SPF sunblock is critical each and every day. It also reduces the risk of developing skin cancer. Today, our Dermatology Treatment and Research Center doctors take the time to answer questions about UVA and UVB rays and what can be done to reduce one's risk of serious health problems with extensive sun exposure.

What is the difference between UVA and UVB rays?

UVA rays are longer in wavelength than UVB rays, and they penetrate the skin more deeply. Both UVA and UVB rays can cause damage to the skin, but UVA rays are responsible for most of the premature aging and wrinkling of the skin. UVB rays are more likely to cause sunburns.

How do I protect my skin from UV rays?

The best way to protect your skin from UV rays is to avoid exposure to the sun altogether. If you must be in the sun, wear protective clothing, such as long sleeves and a hat, and apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Patients should also avoid spending time outdoors when the sun's rays are the strongest, typically between 10 am and 4 pm, and should visit their dermatologist annually for a skin cancer screening.

Do UVA and UVB rays cause skin cancer?

Both UVA and UVB rays can cause skin cancer. In fact, most cases of skin cancer are caused by exposure to the sun. This is why avoidance or protection is critical to keeping the skin and body healthy over the years.

How do I learn more about protecting my skin from sun damage and cancer?

The best way to educate yourself about skin cancer and skin cancer prevention is by working with a dermatologist at the Dermatology Treatment and Research Center in Dallas, TX. Drs. Clay Cockerell, and Ross Radusky are available to assist you with your skin health needs. Call 972-661-2729 to request a consultation visit with our staff and start taking charge of your skin's health and wellness!