With Hugh Jackman going through skin cancer treatment for the sixth time this year, it’s more clear than ever that even someone as invincible as Wolverine can suffer from the harmful effects of the sun. While the outdoors can be a welcome escape from the 9-to-5, bring plenty of sunscreen, lest you open yourself up to the dangers of excessive UV rays. To make sure you’re educated on the many threats caused by the sun, we at Boston Common Skin Center have made a list of seven of the most prevalent skin conditions that come from sun exposure:
The most common skin condition that comes from excessive sun exposure, sunburns occur when the melanin in your skin — which acts as a barrier from the sun — is exposed for so long that it can no longer do its job.
2) Age Spots
Caused by overexposure over time, age spots show up as brown markings that appear anywhere on the body, including the face, arms, and hands. Following its namesake, as you age, your age spots become more visible.
Also known as “sun allergy,” people with photosensitivity burn more easily from the sun and often suffer more severe symptoms from sunburns.
Moles are common and can appear practically anywhere on the body due to sun exposure. While some moles are harmless, others can mark a sign of cancer. If you aren’t sure of the state of your mole, contact your doctor for an examination.
5) Polymorphous Light Eruption (PMLE)
Most commonly found in women between the age of 20 and 40, this skin condition is common with those who are sensitive to sunlight and can result in rashes, itchiness, or raised and bumpy skin.
6) Solar Elastosis
Okay, so this is just a fancy word for wrinkles, but it occurs when the sun’s exposure leads to the deterioration of the skin’s elastic tissue. Without tissue strength and collagen, skin becomes limp.
7) Skin Cancer
The most serious and potentially fatal result of overexposure to the sun, skin cancer comes in many forms, but the three main varieties are:
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
It’s totally fine to get outside and enjoy your time in the sun, but make sure to apply SPF sunblock when you do and avoid prolonged sun exposure. We at Boston Common Skin Center are here to treat your every need, but we’d much rather help you look your best by preventing the skin conditions caused by harmful UV rays in the first place.