9 Sunburn Myths And Facts To Help Protect Your Skin

Sunburn Myths And Facts To Help Protect Your Skin

Are you looking forward to the first sunbathing of the year after a really long winter that felt like lasting forever?

Now is the time to educate yourself for a few minutes by reading our 9 sunburn myths and facts so you can better protect your skin and prevent skin damage and even premature skin aging.

Each myth and fact comes in the form of a statement, which gives you a bit of time to think of whether the sentence is right or wrong, so you can check yourself how much knowledge you have when it comes to protecting your skin from sun damage.

So, let´s get started!

1

Every sunburn in childhood increases the risk of developing skin cancer in adulthood

This statement is right and here is why. Children's skin is still in the development stage. It is thinner, the melanocytes are not enough and the defensive mechanisms are not fully developed. In addition, children are usually more exposed to the sun playing outdoors or when they are on holidays, and therefore they are more susceptible to sunburns on face and on the body.


It is a fact that all the skin damage that most of us start accumulating from a very young age increases the risk of melanoma in adulthood.

2

Those who have dark skin are less likely to burn in the sun and develop skin cancer

This is wrong!


It is a fact that dark skin does not blush, which might seem like it is better protected against the sun. Although increased melanin production may temporarily protect against sunburn, it does not protect dark skinned persons from the other negative effects of the sun such as photo-aging and skin cancer.

3

If your skin gets easily tanned, you are not at risk of the harmful effects of the sun

This is wrong!


The change in the tone of the epidermis, which comes as a natural result of tanning, highlights the damage of the skin cells. Also, as we have said above, preventing the sunburn does not mean that we also prevent the risk of premature skin aging.

4

Makeup provides some sun protection

It is true that foundation has sun reflective properties especially if it contains sunscreen filters as well. However, it does not offer complete sun protection compared to those specialized sunscreen products.


5

Glass protects the skin from UV radiation

This is wrong!


The only glass that provides high sun protection (96%) is the windshield of the car thanks to its special coating which prevents breaking. Also, even though the glass in the office, car or house blocks UVB radiation that causes sunburn, it does not block UVA radiation which penetrates the glass.


This means that in the long run, and as long as we do not provide our skin with adequate sunscreen protection, the cumulative effect of the sun causes serious cellular alterations that can lead to sun aging, intense sunburn, sensitivity to the sun, skin pigmentation and skin cancer.

6

When it comes to protecting your skin from the sun, all hats are the same

This is wrong!


Experts say that in order to have proper sun protection, we should always choose a wide brimmed hat that covers the eyes, face and neck. Also, wear sunglasses and the right sunscreen for our face and body.

7

Which of the following medicines cause intense photosensitivity?

A) Antibiotics

B) Diuretics

C) Antifungals

D) Topical Retinoids

E) Antidiabetics

F) Non-steroidal anti-

     inflammatory drugs


G) All of the above

The right answer is G.


By photosensitivity we mean the reaction of the skin to the interaction of ultraviolet radiation and the chemicals found in perfumes or drugs. Symptoms such as redness, rashes, blisters, swelling, intense itching and/or inflammation usually occur immediately or one day after the interaction of these chemicals with the sun rays.


To get rid of the discomfort and in order to restore the skin to its normal condition, you should avoid sun exposure for the next few days. However, if symptoms persist, ask for your dermatologist advice.

8

While we are in the water or under the sun umbrella, we are not in danger of sunburn

This is wrong!


The hot sand reflects 25% of ultraviolet radiation while the sea about 20%. This means that even if we are under the sun umbrella or in the water for a long time, we are in direct danger of sunburn if, of course, we have not previously taken care of proper sun protection of the skin.

9

Only during those hot summer days there is a risk of sunburn

This is not right.


What happens when it is not very hot is that we receive less infrared radiation because the ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) is always present and dangerous even on cloudy days. The UVA rays that penetrate the clouds reach up to the dermis, seriously altering the skin structures.

After reading the above myths and facts about sunburn, we hope that we were able to help you clarify some misconceptions you may have had relating to the skin protection from the sun, thus helping you protect your skin from the sun in a more effective way.