Shocking Photo Reveals Effects of Sun Exposure
A shocking image reveals the devastating effects of sun exposure. As you can see, the right side of this 66-year-old man’s face appears normal. Click “more” to see the left side, which was repeatedly exposed to the sun as the man, a veteran truck driver, drove his truck for over 25 years.
Dr. Marc Siegel joined America Live to weigh in on the photo, saying this is the kind of damage caused by ultraviolet A rays which penetrate deep into the skin. These differ from UVB rays which typically cause sunburns. Siegel said that the UVA rays can have an impact on your skin at all times of year and have a cumulative effect.
So, how can you avoid such damage? Siegel said, “Wear sunscreen all the time!” If you are outside for more than 15 to 20 minutes, you should be wearing SPF 30 or more to protect your skin.
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Siegel went onto say that when your skin tans, “it’s a reaction to the DNA damage occurring. It’s saying no more, no more … We don’t want any more of this.”