Sunlight exposure boosts the body’s supply of vitamin D, an action
that can lead to wide-ranging health benefits, especially for people deficient
in this key hormone. Yet too much of a good thing can result in serious
problems. Here are five signs of sun-damaged skin that signal you need
to make an appointment with a doctor.
Dry Skin: The sun’s heat strips away the skin’s moisture and lubrication,
resulting in dryness. Skin in this condition appears flaky and somewhat
more wrinkled than skin that clothing has shielded. See a doctor if nonprescription
treatments are ineffective.
Sunburn: Overexposure to the sun can cause pain, redness and blistering. Get medical
attention if you have severe blistering or if you have a mild sunburn
that covers much of your body.
Actinic Keratosis: A small bump that feels like sandpaper or a tiny, scaly area of skin with
a yellow, red, pink or brownish tint alerts you that you have actinic
keratosis. Some of these disorders turn into skin cancer, so if you have
an abnormal patch of skin that doesn’t heal, make an appointment
with a doctor.
Easy Bruising: Sunlight exposure can produce long-term changes in the skin’s structure,
causing it to bruise easily. If your skin tends to develop the discoloration
of bruising easily, get it checked.
Mole Changes: See a doctor right away if you notice any changes in a mole or birthmark. The
Skin Cancer Foundation reports that signs of melanoma include an increase in thickness or size
as well as an alteration in texture or color. An irregular or asymmetrical
outline also indicates a possible malignancy.
For guidelines in protecting children from sun damage, see
Sun Exposure Tips for Kids.
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