Just how long should you stay under the sun?
When taken in healthy doses, sunlight is good for the body. Morning sunlight contains vitamin D, which helps in the absorption of calcium, essential for bone development. Recent studies also suggest a link between healthy amounts of sun exposure in preventing diseases, from multiple sclerosis to prostate cancer.
Sunburn, on the other hand—what everyone brings home from the beach—is the common effect of overexposure to the sun. But those with sensitive skin, particularly infants and young children, are more prone to severe skin damage such as Polymorphic Light Eruption (PMLE), or more commonly known as sun rash or sun allergy.
PMLE or sun rash occurs after prolonged exposure. According to dermatologists at Clarity Aesthetic, “prolonged exposure” can mean minutes or hours, depending on how sensitive a person’s skin is to intense ultraviolet (UV) rays.
PMLE appears as reddish blisters or spots, which varies in form and usually on areas directly exposed to sunlight. Moreover, sun rashes can be extremely uncomfortable, causing itching and burning sensations in the affected areas.
Besides short-term sun reactions of the skin like rashes, allergies, and sunburn, there are also long-term effects of constant exposure. The most common is skin cancer, which can be contracted from long-term and repeated exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays.
While it is easy to treat minor skin damage with over-the-counter creams and ointments, it is always better to seek professional help to avoid complications.
“This summer, it is very important to take steps to protect yourself from overexposure from the sun,” says Carmie de Leon, vice president for sales and marketing of Healthway Medical, the mother company of Clarity Aesthetics. “Proper sun protection goes a long way to keep your skin safe from prolonged sun exposure and avoid skin damage. It can be as simple as wearing the right sun block to avoiding sun exposure at certain times of the day. Moreover, consulting a licensed dermatologist is important so you get the best medical advice.”
By knowing one’s skin type, there should be no reason to deprive oneself from having fun this summer. Just remember to take the necessary precautions to get the most most out of this sunny season.
Clarity Aesthetic Medical & Dental Center is located at Shangri-la Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong City.
For more information, log on to www.clarity.com.ph.