Dr. Mary Lupo discusses the long-term effects of excessive sun exposure in Summer

Dr. Mary Lupo and the team of the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology are committed to helping patients in and around the area take good care of their skin every day. A big problem that can lead to skin cancer is sun exposure so it is best that patients are serious about protecting their skin as necessary during the harsh, summer months in the New Orleans area.

Many patients are not aware of the long-term effects of sun exposure during the hot summer months. In the summer, the sun is at its strongest, especially during the middle part of the day. Dr. Mary Lupo takes the time to educate her patients on skin protection for many reasons. Some common effects of sun exposure include:

Sunburn

The first noticeable problem with sun exposure is sunburn. Sunburn can be extremely uncomfortable and can damage the skin in ways that may not be noticeable initially. This also increases the risk for skin cancer when sunburn occurs, no matter what the age.

Freckles

Freckles tend to pop out when patients receive extensive sun exposure. While they are not problematic, some patients do not enjoy their appearance and the way they can affect the tone of the skin. Freckles can be difficult to disguise with cosmetics.

Accelerated skin aging

No one wants to see the signs of aging occur on the skin, but sun exposure on a regular basis can actually accelerate the development of fine lines, wrinkles and sagging. Avoid the appearance of aging skin by reducing sun exposure in the summer months.

Pigmentation issues

Sun spots are common pigmentation complaints by patients who visit a dermatologist. These can develop with even minimal sun exposure.

Changes in skin cells

The most serious long-term danger of excessive sun exposure during the summer is skin cancer. Skin cancer is a serious issue and it should not be taken lightly. Patients are urged to use broad-spectrum sunscreen every day and to ensure they use the proper amount when participating in outdoor activities that can result in UV ray exposure. Reapplication is a necessity.

While there are benefits to sunlight, such as natural Vitamin D, it is important to take note in regards to ways to protect the skin with sunscreen and to avoid sun exposure in mid-day when it’s at its strongest. Remember tanning beds do not provide the UVB that makes Vitamin D. Tanning beds are intense sources of UVA, the more deeply penetrating UV energy that accelerates wrinkles, sagging and suppresses your immune system causing fever blisters in herpes-prone individuals. Dr. Mary Lupo can educate patients on skin care during the summer months.

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