Why UV radiation is bad for your skin

While many of us look at a tan as a sign of healthy skin, this is actually far from the truth! A tan is actually a sign that the skin has been damaged. Whether this occurs from sunlight exposure and UV rays or a visit to the tanning booth, this damage can have lasting effects. Many patients who visit with our team at the Dermatology Treatment and Research Center to discuss their skincare needs may have a lot of questions about sun exposure and sun damage, as well as questions about why UV radiation is so bad for your body. In recognition of UV Safety Month, our doctors can explain the dangers of unprotected skin. 

How does tanning harm your skin? 

Tanning can result in a wide range of skin concerns and conditions, including: 

  •         Sunburn
  •         Early signs of aging (fine liens and wrinkles)
  •         Dark spots (hyperpigmentation)
  •         Sun damaged skin
  •         Melasma
  •         Actinic keratoses (AKs)
  •         Skin cancer

When patients do not protect their skin from the sun’s UV rays, they are putting themselves at risk of the above conditions. 

How can I protect my skin? 

It is vital that patients take good care of their skin and protect it from harmful UV rays. Below are a few tips to consider in protecting the skin: 

  •         Avoid the use of tanning beds
  •         Wear protective clothing when outside, including long sleeves and pants
  •         Seek shade when spending extended time outside
  •         Apply a broad-spectrum sunblock
  •         Choose sunblock with SPF of 30 or higher
  •         Consider reflective surfaces such as water, snow, and sand
  •         Wear sunscreen each day
  •         Avoid times when the sun’s rays are the strongest, between 10am and 4pm
  •         Be diligent about reapplying sunscreen as directed when spending extended time outdoors

Discuss your skincare needs with our team today 

Dr. Clay Cockerell of the Dermatology Treatment and Research Center of Dallas, TX work routinely with patients to educate them on the dangers of UV radiation. If you are located in the community and want to work with our team of professionals to achieve healthier skin, call our facility at (972) 661-2729 to request a consultation appointment. We are open to new and established patients who visit our facility at 5310 Harvest Hill Road, Suite #160.