July: UV Safety Month & Protection Tips

UV exposure is linked to several health problems. Premature aging and skin cancer, just to mention two serious conditions.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has designated July as Ultraviolet (UV) Safety Month.
While UV protection is important all year round, not just during the summer, at Baja Surgery Center, we want to inform you about the consequences and share some tips to protect your skin from the sun.

Did you know that exposure to UV light is the cause of about 90% of skin lesion symptoms?

Radiation is the emission of energy from any source. UV radiation is a form of electromagnetic radiation that comes from the sun.

They are also different types of UV rays, depending on the energy they have. UV Radiation is divided into 3 main groups: UVA rays, UVB rays, UVC rays.

So, which are the most dangerous?

UVC rays have more energy than the other types of UV rays, but they have the shortest wavelength. 

Because of this, they react with ozone high in our atmosphere and don’t reach the ground, so they do not affect our skin. 

UVB rays affect the outermost layer of skin (epidermis) and can damage the DNA in skin cells directly. UVB radiation is the primary cause of sunburns.

UVA rays have the least energy among UV rays. However, they are a major contributor to skin damage. These rays can cause skin cells to age and can cause some indirect damage to cells’ DNA.

UV Exposure Effects on the Skin 

  • Skin Cancer

Most skin cancers are a result of exposure to UV rays in sunlight.

It is not healthy to omit all sun exposure. Depending on the type of skin of each person and the amount of exposure a person has undergone in his or her life, one can suffer from skin cancer.

And although most skin cancers appear after the age of 50, skin damage starts early, and you have to take care of yourself early on to avoid damage.

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  • Premature Aging of the Skin

Exposure to UV rays can cause signs of sun damage in the skin, such as wrinkles, freckling, and liver spots (irregular pigmentation).

People who are regularly exposed to the sun show signs of aging before the age of 30. Chronologically aged skin, on the other hand, shows changes after the age of 40 or older.

  • Eye Injuries & Cataracts

UV rays can also cause eye problems. An excessive UV exposure is one of the risk factors in the development of cataracts.

Cataracts are an eye disorder characterized by a change in the structure of the crystalline lens that causes blurred vision. They can also cause the cornea to become inflamed.

How Can I Avoid UV Exposure?

1.Know Your Risk: All skins are different and need different care. Get to know your skin and take the best possible care of it.

2.Wear Sunscreen: Sunscreens can prevent UV-induced wrinkles and some even with UVA coverage, prevent sagging and wrinkles

3.Cover Up With Protective Clothes: Protect your skin with clothing that covers your arms and legs. You can also wear a hat to protect your head, face, and neck.

4.Sunglasses: sunglasses that block UV rays to protect your eyes and the skin around them.

Sun damage to the skin is a constant concern for patients visiting Baja Surgery Center.

As mentioned earlier, excessive sun exposure leads to premature aging. The sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays break down the healthy structure of the skin, resulting in wrinkles, fine lines, dry and leathery skin, and dark spots.

Today there are many techniques and procedures to treat these signs of aging.

Chemical Peeling

Chemical peels improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin by using a chemical solution to remove the outer layer of old skin. The procedure consists of applying a chemical solution to the skin, which makes it blister and eventually peel off. The new skin that replaces it is usually smoother and less wrinkled in appearance.

Chemical peel procedures work well on the face, neck, and hands. Fair-skinned and light-haired patients are better candidates for the procedure.

After a chemical peel, skin is temporarily more sensitive to the sun, so the patient and everyone, in general, should wear sunscreen every day.

It is also advisable to avoid being exposed to the sun, especially during the hours when the sun is strongest. If you are going to expose yourself to the sun, it is important to wear a hat or cap to cover yourself.

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Algodones Medical Doctors

At Baja Surgery Center located in Algodones, we perform this and other aesthetic non-invasive procedures in the office.

The number of appointments needed depends on the results the patient is looking for and the condition of their skin. Usually, these sessions are short. Being a minimally invasive procedure, it does not generate great discomfort for the patient. Slight burning and stinging during the procedure for a few minutes is completely normal.

If you want to know which treatment can benefit you, we invite you to see our complete list of procedures and prices.

You can also call us at this number and ask for more information. We have a whole team of patient coordinators to help you.

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