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Published At March 12, 2024
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am an 18-year-old who is concerned about sun damage and exposure. Last year, I took part in activities that demanded me to be outside in the sun for an hour every day for three months. During this period, I wore no sunscreen. Even though I did not notice anything wrong at the time (no skin peeling, wrinkles, soreness, etc.). I still have a notable sun tan on my feet where I wore socks. Would this have a significant impact on my skin?

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Yes, even if you have not noticed any immediate signs like peeling or soreness, extended sun exposure without sufficient sun protection then that can have long-term repercussions on your skin. Sun damage can cause premature skin aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. It can also raise your chances of getting skin cancer, especially if you have fair skin and a family history of skin cancer.

Although the sun damage you sustained during your workouts last year may not have been immediately evident, it is still important that you take measures to prevent your skin from possible damage. This includes the following:

  1. Wear protective clothes: Long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and wide-brimmed hats can help protect your skin from the sun.

  2. Apply sunscreen to all exposed skin: Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to all exposed skin can help prevent future sun damage. Apply again after every two hours, as well as after swimming or sweating.

  3. Avoid peak sun hours: Try to avoid being outside between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun's rays are at their strongest.

  4. Examine your skin regularly Keep an eye out for any changes in moles, freckles, or other spots on your skin. Consult your general practitioner or dermatologist if you detect any changes and to maintain your skin's health and spot any possible concerns early.

I hope this helps. Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Vandana Andrews
Dr. Vandana Andrews

General Practitioner

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