Sunburn

Sunburn

  “A sunburn is your skin’s response to extreme UV damage. Any tan or color on your skin is also a response to UV exposure. There is no such thing as a “base tan” – any color is a sign of damage. The redness associated with sunburns is caused by extra blood in the capillaries – if you press on sunburned skin it will turn white and then return to red as the capillaries refill.

 Any tan or redness is a clear sign that UV radiation (from the natural sun or artificial sun beds) has damaged the genetic material (DNA) in your skin cells. You don’t have to have a severe sunburn to cause UV damage to the skin.  Any damage can lead to skin cancer, which is the most common type of cancer in the United States. “

 

 

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