Sunburns: Who is the Most at Risk?

Non-caucasian young adults between 18 and 29 years old are more at risk for sore sunburns lasting more than one day, according to recent study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

Five million Americans receive skin cancer treatment every year, most commonly for cases of melanoma. Although national efforts have been made to create awareness in regards to the dangers of sun exposure, researchers worry that participants with high melanin content skin believe they are at less of a risk to the consequences of sun exposure, which is in fact, not the case. The study found that those with a false sense of resiliency to sunburns (in other words, those of us who are used to achieving a killer tan) were more likely to experience sun damage. Whereas, participants who perceived of themselves more at risk (redheads for example) were more diligent with full-body exams and preventive sun protection.

Researchers stress that melanoma is entirely preventable and proper care should be taken in order to decrease one’s risk. Exposure to the sun that results in sunburns is your body’s natural defense mechanism to eliminate sun-damaged skin that could one day become cancerous. When sun cells are exposed to ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation, a form of DNA called micoDNA becomes damaged and sends a single for surrounding healthy cells to speed production causing inflammation and your painful burn.

Investing in a proper sunscreen, means investing in a healthy future. At Esterson, we have developed the perfect sunscreen to protect you all summer long. Replenix Antioxidant Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 50 sheilds your skin from dangerous rays while continuously delivering moisture deep into your skin. To repair your skin from the environmental damage it is naturally subjected to, our antioxidant sunscreen uses Botanical extracts of bisabolol and squalane oil. Ectoin, zinc, and green tea polyphenols help neutralize free radicals while caffeine helps increase blood flow and wakes the skin.

If you do experience a sunburn, there are a couple of immediate precautions you can take in order to ensure the least possible damage. Firstly, cool down the skin as soon as possible. Placing a damp cloth or soaking in a cold bath can help reduce the inflammation. By diluting apple cider vinegar to the cool water, you can also replenish the lost nutrients your skin needs for a speedy recovery. In addition, apple cider vinegar is a great natural anti-inflammatory agent that will naturally soothe the skin and reduce pain. To avoid the painful blisters that often develop as a result of soaking in the vitamin D a little too long, apply coconut oil over the now cooled skin. Coconut oil helps to nourish your skin with minerals and vitamins it needs for a successful recovery, while simultaneously cleaning the pores. Coconut oil also helps moisturize your dried, damaged skin leaving it incredibly smooth (it is a great natural product for moisturizing at any time).

If sun exposure has already left its mark on you, our experts at Esterson Dermatology have the perfect treatment for you. Help diminish the after-effects of sun damage, as well as, fine lines, wrinkles, scars and blotching, with CO2RE Fractional Resurfacing. Syneron Candela’s Fractional C02 technology provides a safe procedure that helps fight the natural repercussions of aging. After all, one of the key factors in the progression of premature signs of aging, is the sun. Not only does CO2RE Fractional Resurfacing improve the texture and tone of the skin, but its revolutionary technology reduces the look of pores leaving only a radiant glow. By creating small precise wounds in the skin, CO2RE induces healing without damaging the surrounding skin. Most people don’t find this treatment painful, however, a topical anesthetic is applied to ensure maximum comfort. Patients can usually expect the results they want after just one treatment with one to two weeks downtime. The ideal patient for this procedure is 30 or older with sun damaged skin.

It’s never too late to achieve smoother, younger looking skin. Book your consultation with Esterson Dermatology today and don’t forget to wear your sunscreen!


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