UVR Damage

Photoaging appears most often on the face, neck, and back of the hands. These areas often receive the most sun exposure.

UVR and Aging

Photoaging is premature aging of the skin caused by exposure to UVR from the sun or from tanning beds. It’s different from regular chronological aging that we can all expect as we get older – it’s caused by UVR exposure.

Photoaging appears most often on the face, neck, and back of the hands. These areas often receive the most sun exposure.

Premature aging looks like wrinkles, age spots, sagging and leathery skin. Probably not the look you might go for if you’re seeking a tan to look good…

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Tans and Sunburns

There is a misconception that as long as you don’t get a sunburn, you haven’t done any damage. But a tan itself is a sign of skin damage. There is no such thing as a healthy tan.

A tan is your skin’s physiological response to the stress caused by UVR.

Sunburns can be painful in the short term and can cause long-term damage to your skin. A history of sunburns in childhood and across the lifespan put you at a much higher risk to develop skin cancer.

Eyes

Exposure to the sun and other sources of UVR without sufficient protection is known to cause harm to the eyes.

Chronic exposure to UVR is a risk factor for several eye-related disorders, including cortical cataracts and pterygium

Acute exposure to UVR can also cause photokeratitis, photoconjunctivitis and retinal burns (e.g., from looking directly at the sun).

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Sources

  • Sliney DH. Photoprotection of the eye—UV radiation and sunglasses. J Photochem Photobiol B. 2001 Nov 15;64(2-3):166–75.
  • Lucas RM. An epidemiological perspective of ultraviolet exposure—public health concerns. Eye Contact Lens. 2011 Jul;37(4):168–75.
  • Cullen AP. Ozone depletion and solar ultraviolet radiation: ocular effects, a United Nations Environment Programme perspective. Eye Contact Lens. 2011 Jul;37(4):185–90.

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