Sun & Skin News

Not All UV Rays Stay Outside: How Window Film Can Help Protect You

Both UVA and UVB rays can cause sunburn and tanning, which damage the DNA in your skin cells and increase your risk for skin cancer. UVA rays also cause the unwelcome signs of premature aging, including dark spots and wrinkles. Those UVA rays account for up to 95 percent of the UV radiation reaching the Earth’s surface and are quite good at finding you. They can bounce off reflective surfaces like water and, most relevant during the workday, they can penetrate window glass. If you’re sitting next to a window on a sunny day, those UVA rays hitting your skin are doing damage.

More Than One?

If you (or someone you know) has been diagnosed with two or more nonmelanoma skin cancers, you are part of […]

How Skin Conditions Can Affect Skin Cancer Detection and Treatment

Millions of Americans are affected by skin cancer, but millions more are battling skin conditions like rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and melasma. Although bothersome, these conditions are usually harmless and manageable through ongoing treatment. In dealing with my own bout of melasma, I got to thinking — can these skin problems make it harder to spot a potential skin cancer?

Healthy Skin: Made in the Shade?

Not only does shade give you a reprieve from the heat, but it can also help to protect you from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, which can cause skin damage and even lead to skin cancer.

Photoaging: What You Need to Know About the Other Kind of Aging

Wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation are inevitable skin woes that often appear as we age. While we like to place blame on getting another year older, the main culprit is photoaging — damage to the skin caused by exposure to sunlight and ultraviolet (UV) light. Responsible for 90 percent of visible changes to the skin, photoaging is a direct result of cumulative sun damage you’ve been exposed to throughout your life.