Harm of ultraviolet radiation is evident!


Incredible photo of a 69-year-old trucker clearly shows the damage the sun’s rays can do to our skin

The photo, published in many medical journals in England, perfectly illustrates what dermatologists call «dermatoheliosis» — the effect of premature aging. It is striking that this man, after being fired, notes damage to only one side of his face.

«He worked as a truck driver most of his life and never used sunscreen,» says dermatologist Jennifer Gordon, who investigated the case. “We believe that it was the solar radiation that aged his skin so much — after all, the sun, in most cases, falls on the driver only on one half of the face.”

“Class ultraviolet A (UVA) rays can easily penetrate glass and even affect the skin through light clothing,” says Jennifer Gordon in an interview with LiveScience. «UVA rays work deep within the skin, affecting connective tissues, collagen and elastin.»

“This is how sunlight ages human skin: wrinkles and thickening appear.”

The patient in the photo turned to Dr. Gordon and her colleagues as he grew tired of his grandchildren asking him what happened to one side of his face. So far, there are no signs of skin cancer on the driver’s skin, but in the future, this will have to be closely monitored.

The best way to protect yourself from melanoma and early aging is with sunscreen, says Gordon. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends glass with an SPF of at least 30 that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays cause sunburn. While ordinary window glass will protect you from UVB rays, glass is no barrier to UVA rays.

On a cloudy day, you should also not forget about protection: about 80% of UV rays can affect human skin even through clouds. AAD recommends using sunscreen outdoors 365 days a year, even during the winter.

“For myself, I learned an important lesson from this case: you are never immune from exposure to sunlight,” Dr. Gordon said.

A photo of a 69-year-old truck driver with one side of his face exposed to prolonged exposure to the sun.

Based on interview materials in LiveScience

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