Monday, August 15th, 2016
Excess of sun exposure is something that all people should avoid. Because we have gained awareness regarding the potential dangers of UV damage, including premature aging and skin cancer, most people apply higher-SPF sunscreen The moment they arrive at their local pool or the beach. Individuals who are well aware of their own unique reaction to the sun may step up their game with a broad-brimmed hat or appropriate clothing. Did you know, though, that you may be putting yourself at risk for sun damage without even knowing it? Here, we’re going to take a look at photosensitivity and what may cause it.
This skin condition technically means that a sensitivity to light has developed. There are several potential causes for this, including certain autoimmune diseases. There are also heading risks for photosensitivity related to a chemical reaction between a certain substance and UV light. Should photosensitivity occur, an individual may experience a bad sunburn after a short time in the sun. Areas of inflammation and redness may also irrupt on the skin, and, in some cases, blisters or skin discoloration may occur.
To decrease the risk for these unpleasant symptoms, it pays to be mindful about your pre-sun activities. Mainly, avoiding potential triggers, such as:
Photosensitivity not only creates the potential for uncomfortable sunburn, but it can also pave the way for phototoxicity or photo allergy. Give us a call! We are happy to talk with you about the ways you may protect your skin.