MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Dr. Janet Prystowsky, MD
Dr. Prystowsky is a leading board-certified dermatologist in
New York City.
In addition to her private practice, Dr. Prystowsky is a senior attending physician at Mount Sinai Roosevelt/St. Luke’s Medical Center.
MedicalResearch.com: When does sun damage to the skin start? Is there such a thing as a ‘safe tan’? Who is most susceptible to photoaging? What parts of the body are more likely to show signs of sun damage?
Response: Sun damage will increase a person’s risk of premature aging and skin cancer. Although tanning does function to help protect your skin from excessive ultraviolet radiation tanning is still a form of sun damage. Also, people with very fair skin may not tan at all; only burn. They are the most susceptible to sun damage. Certain medical conditions (e.g., Lupus), medications, cosmetics, and food can make your more reactive (photosensitive) to sunlight.
Sunburns are caused by UV damage from sun rays, almost entirely due to UVB rays. UVA rays are weaker for burning but can contribute to blistering sunburns as well. For example, If you get lime peel rubbed on your skin while you are in the sun, you could get a bad burn. UVA can also cause significant skin damage that can result in premature wrinkling, brown spots, and skin cancer. That’s why you’ll see dermatologists pushing for broad-spectrum sunscreens as opposed to sunscreens that just protect against UVB rays. Continue reading