While we all like a day spent basking in the sun, it can be dangerous without the right precautions. The sun gives us vitamin D which we definitely need to be healthy and happy, but too much exposure to the sun can lead to a host of issues including skin aging, wrinkles, discoloration, sun spots, and skin cancer. Because overexposure to sunlight can lead to a lot of skin issues, a lot of people are unhappy with the way their skin looks. Fortunately, there are a lot of treatments available that can help reverse damage from exposure to the sun.
The Layers of The Skin
The skin is made up of 3 layers: the epidural layer, the dermal layer, and the hypodermis layer. The epidermal or outer layer contains melanin, which darkens in response to solar radiation. The dermal layer is below the epidural layer and contains sweat glands, follicles, and tough connective fibers. The deepest layer of the skin is the subcutaneous or hypodermis which contains fat cells and more connective tissues.
The epidermal layer is shed approximately every 26 days. New cells are formed that replace existing old ones. However, for a person who gets excessive exposure to the sun, this cell exchange process happens quicker, more melanin is produced, the skin begins to lose its elasticity, and there is an increased chance of skin cancer cells to form.
Solar radiation is known as radial energy that comes from the sun. There are different types of radiation that come from the sun. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is one of them. UV radiation reaches the surface of the earth and when humans are overexposed to it, they can experience a host of skin issues.
Exposure to UV radiation is one of the main factors that lead to skin cancer cell production. When you are exposed to too much sunlight or solaria (from solariums, sun lamps, sunbeds, or other artificial sources used to suntan), your body is overexposed to UV radiation.
Skin cancer forms in the epidermal layer of the skin. UV radiation has the ability to go under the epidural layer and cause damage to cells below it. There are two types of rays in UV radiation: UVA and UVB rays.
UVA rays can penetrate the layers of the skin and can damage skin cells below. UVA rays are responsible for issues like wrinkles and blotches on the skin. UVB rays cause damage to the epidermal layer of the skin. These rays contribute to issues like sunburns and melanoma, a type of serious skin cancer.
When the body cannot repair the damage that happens because of UV radiation, cancer cells begin to divide and grow. This growth eventually leads to the formation of a skin cancer tumor. Both UVA and UVB rays are responsible for issues like sunburns, skin aging, and all types of skin cancer.
Sun Damage Treatment in New York City
If you have skin damage due to overexposure to the sun, consider seeing the skin experts at Glamoi Med Spa. They have experience treating all types of skin issues, including problems that result from an overexposure to the sun. They can help you restore your skin’s youth, vitality, and beauty through a variety of treatments and products that are catered around your unique skin issues. To make an appointment, call us at (212) 433-4526 or request an appointment online.