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Surprising Ways You’re Getting Sun Damage


We know: you can’t throw a figurative stone without hitting a blog or article about sun damage, tips for preventing it, or options for helping your skin after it’s already happened. However, while you may be clued in on tips for applying sunscreen, how to protect your kids from sun damage, and just what SPF means, people are still overlooking some common mistakes we make—and these mistakes can increase your risk of skin cancer.

Recently, the Every Girl covered some unexpected ways the sun is scorching your skin, and the precautions you can take to keep your skin protected.

Running errands

Whether you’re on your morning commute to work, or out to pick up groceries, you are exposing your skin to the sun’s harmful rays. In fact, patients often have more sun exposure on the left side of their face due to exposure from UVA rays shining through their car’s driver’s side window. Plus, the sun is strong during the morning and afternoon commute times, so don’t forget to reapply before you head home from work—even if you think you’re protected by your car.

While you are working

The one that often surprises people is getting sun exposure while you work indoors. Yes, you might be prematurely aging your skin while you are typing that important memo. If you have windows in your office, wear sunscreen!

In cloudy weather

If you’re wondering if you can get sun damage when it’s cloudy—you can. This may not be surprising, but many still don’t apply sunscreen as they should on cool or overcast days. When it comes to UVA vs UVB rays, both are damaging and can affect you whenever it is light out, whether it’s sunny, cloudy, or even snowing.

Stay informed

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. It goes without saying that it’s important to keep yourself informed of the causes and preventative measures you can take to stay healthy for longer.

Here are some of our suggestions to avoid future complications from the sun:

Lifestyle changes

Make the use of sunscreen a daily ritual because, as we’ve pointed out, your skin is not safe no matter what your lifestyle is. Also, wear clothing that has UV protecting qualities if you plan on being outside for long periods of time.

Get your skin checked

Early detection is key. Start with a self-exam and take a look at our visual mole guide to note any abnormal areas. Also, be sure to download our skin cancer checklist to learn how best to examine your skin. If you notice anything of concern, contact a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist who can help diagnose and remove any cancerous lesions that arise.

Talk to a professional

As a practice who has helped many patients repair wounds and regain confidence after skin cancer removals, we know first-hand the importance of protecting your skin. If you are worried about your skin or have any questions, contact us today. Dr. Henry Garazo is a premier Maryland skin cancer surgeon and plastic surgeon with special expertise in skin cancer reconstruction.


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