Category: Environment

The Effects of Sunlight Exposure on the Skin

A respected Indianapolis physician, Dr. Richard Rust is a member of the private practice group Riverview Anesthesiolgists, PC. Dr. Richard Rust has extensive knowledge of skin care and of the way in which skin can be damaged by the sun. The issue of sun damage is challenging, as many people seek out opportunities to tan as a way of enhancing the outward appearance of good health.

Unfortunately, the ultraviolet light contained in sun rays has a cumulative effect of damaging elastin. These skin fibers keep the skin tight and able to return to its original position after stretching. When the elastin fibers deteriorate, the skin becomes permanently stretched and tears and bruises can occur more easily.

With skin immune functions compromised, it is easier for pre-cancerous and cancerous skin lesions to occur. In addition, freckles, wrinkles, and sagging skin begin to predominate. While sunblock is effective in keeping out some portion of damaging UV rays, physicians concur that it makes sense to avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, particularly during the hottest hours of the day.