6 Ways Sun Exposure Can Be Harmful For You

Sun Exposure is not always beneficial as sometimes it can leave you with several skin issues like ageing signs and skin cancer. Read here how a long exposure to the sun is killing your skin.

6 Ways Sun Exposure Can Be Harmful For You

Exposing to the sun not always give Vitamin D or other healing benefits. Sometimes, a direct and prolong exposure to the harmful sunlight makes you prone to several skin problems including wrinkles, freckles, age spots and even skin cancer. Below, we have listed the common risks associated with the direct sun exposure.

Collagen Breakdown

Direct exposure to sun may reach damage to the collagen fibers, thereby causing the abnormal elastin accumulation. It is resulted in the production of the metalloproteniases, which is responsible for breaking down the collagen. Consequently, you develop disorganized fibers or solar scars.

Free Radicals
UV radiation leads to the free radicals, unstable oxygen molecules that damage the cell function and genetic material. Damage by free radicals is responsible for the wrinkles. During direct exposure to the sunlight, the skin is exposed to the 2 types of UV rays: UVA and UVB. On absorption of these lights, the skin ends up with the damaged surface, wrinkles and even cancer. And natural defenses against direct sun exposure are sometimes not enough. However, you can take antioxidants or take Vitamin C and Vitamin E rich diet to fight the direct exposure.

Immune System Effects
In addition to develop the skin problems, direct sun exposure is not good for your immune system. It reduces the effectiveness of your immune system by weakening the beneficial chemicals in the immune system. It is found that UV radiations can alter the activity and function of some of the cells to maintain the immune responses in humans. Moreover, sun exposure accelerates the risk of viral bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections. It also reduces the effectiveness of the vaccines.

Change in the Pigmentation:

A prolonging exposure to the sun can affect the skin pigment and kills the melanocytes. The destruction of the melanocytes resulted in the freckles noticeable in light skinned people. The other signs are the large freckles or age spots, which develop on your arms, upper back, chest and shoulder. Apart from that UV exposure is also responsible for the white spots, which are largely noticeable on the legs, hands and arms.

UV exposure can also cause white spots especially on the legs, but also on the backs of the hands and arms.

Changes in Skin Texture:

One of the drastic effects of direct sun exposure is the changes of your skin texture why you touch it. Being long is sun can make the out skin thinner, thereby an invitation to blisters, tears and grazes. Besides, prolong sun exposure always costs your skin elasticity. As a result, you see the bumps on the part of the skin that is most exposed to the sun.

Skin Cancer:

It is found that people who have the light skin tend to burn easily are prone to the several cancer types like basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carninoma and melanoma. Melanoma is the dangerous skin cancer among them which is based on the amount of sun exposure during teenage.

So, it is crucial to limit your exposure to the sun. Use at least 15 SPF sunscreen before stepping out in the sun. Wear wide brim hat and UV absorbent shades.

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