Where Did This Sunburn Come From?

Where Did This Sunburn Come From? | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale

Where Did This Sunburn Come From?

Many people link sunburns to long periods of direct sunlight exposure, heat, and a lack of sunscreen. This is a common scenario and can lead to the more serious burns, but “sunburns” don’t always present as a burn. There may or may not be peeling, redness, or a tan. Sun damage is cumulative over one’s life. Dangerous UV rays can penetrate clouds, which makes it critical to wear sunscreen and/or cover unprotected skin anytime a person is exposed to natural light.

Getting Sunburned In The Winter

Winter sports enthusiasts know how surprising and painful a “winter burn” is. Even in frigid temperatures, it’s possible to suffer a sunburn. A day spent skiing or snowboarding in the mountains without sunscreen on the face can lead to a painful and potentially dangerous sunburn. However, there are other common circumstances where surprise burns can occur.

Notoriously, long-haul truck drivers have one arm that’s darker and ages faster than the other. Their “window arm” is regularly exposed to sunlight while their other arm is protected by the coverage of the cabin. The same is true of trucker’s faces. CBS News featured the face of a trucker who spent decades driving without sunscreen, and the difference between the two sides of his face is extreme.

Like truck drivers, many people spend a lot of time indoors or commuting and don’t consider how easily sunlight penetrates windows. A person may work in an office all day, but if they are seated next to a window, they are being exposed to hours of UV rays. It is critical to wear sunscreen even while indoors if regular exposure to natural light is the norm. Skylights and large windows can fill homes and offices with natural light.

Not all clothes fully protect the skin from UV rays, either. Clothes with loose weaves or eyelets can allow UV rays to reach the skin. Sun umbrellas are a great option for those who are regularly outside. Traditionally known as parasols, they are still very popular in some Southeast Asian countries.

Call Spectrum Dermatology For Your Annual Skin Exam

Spring is the perfect season to remind patients about the dangers of the sun. People are outdoors more, and clothing covers less of the body. Recommit to remembering to wear sunscreen anytime the skin may be exposed to UV rays and to reapply every two hours. Contact Spectrum Dermatology today at 480-948-8400 for more tips on sun protection or to schedule an annual mole check.