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Sun Damage

What is a healthy tan and is there such a thing?
The inhabitants of our Earth are panicking because of extreme climate changes, melting icebergs and the sun getting hotter, yet there are still those who are willing to expose their bodies to the merciless sun.
How is it possible to protect the skin from the cumulative damage of the sun?
Up until a few years ago, suntan was considered a sign of health and an attribute of beauty, synonymous with vacation, relaxation and looking well. With time, a change occurred: an understanding of such processes as ionizing radiation, the sudden rise in prevalence of skin cancers in Israel, and a more serious approach to the changes taking place in human tissue when it is exposed to the sun. Israel is at the head of the list of countries where skin cancer is perpetually on the rise, and that is because large parts of our population are light-skinned and aren’t genetically suited to the climate. Besides raising the risk of cancer, exposure to the sun causes rapid skin ageing.
How do we protect ourselves?
An innocent-looking skin burn on a child’s skin may cause skin cancer when the child grows up. The kind of burns that arouse the most concern are the ones that are caused by the hot sun between 10 AM and 4 PM. On occasion, the weather may trick us, and our negligence will result in red, itchy and burning skin in the area that was exposed to the sun. Other consequences may be in store, as well: skin hyperpigmentation, freckles which tend to join in to form one hyperpigmentation spot in the sun-exposed areas, such as the chest, neck and shoulders. There is also the phenomenon of local blood vessels dilation in both exposed and hidden areas. It is important to apply high SPF creams which are capable of blocking most of the sun’s harmful rays. The SPF number needs to be above 15 to filter out UVA rays.
What are you supposed to do in cases of sunburn?
If the sunburn is severe enough to form a bubble, it’s essential to cool the area. Avoid puncturing the bubble or exerting pressure onto it. Apply cooling ointments and creams, such as Aloe Vera gel, Biafine (Triethanolamine, or TEA), Silverol (Sulfadiazine silver 1%), which are intended for use on burns. It is recommended not to bandage the burn. In cases when an extended area is burned, it is important to visit a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon for supportive skin care, in order to avoid scarring.
After a high degree burn was treated, the area must not be exposed to the sun for a few months, in order to avoid hyperpigmentation. It’s important to avoid hair removal in the area of a burn, as it is more sensitive, and to apply moisturising cream.
Areas that have experienced skin burns tend to be more sensitive, the skin is thinner and more delicate, therefore the clothes that come into contact with those areas need to be made of cotton or linen, without any synthetic materials.
It is important to treat sunburns correctly and immediately, in order to avoid permanent damage to the area. If you followed this advice and still it did not heal as you’d like it to, please contact Dr Elman’s clinics, and we will help you find the best solution for your skin.