The sun’s rays speed up the aging process – creating wrinkles, fine lines and discoloration, among other things. At Bayou City Dermatology, we’re committed to helping patients reverse telltale signs of sun damage, restoring their smooth, youthful and beautiful skin.
Regular Checkup is Key
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Signs of Sun Damage?
Chances are good that you already have signs of sun damage somewhere on your face and body, whether you realize it or not. The most common signs of sun damage include:
Wrinkles and fine lines
Leathery skin texture
Is it possible to get a sunburn if it's cloudy?
Yes! While some types of clouds can partially reduce the amount of UV radiation reaching the surface, other types of clouds can actually reflect that radiation and increase UV exposure on the ground. On the ground, UV rays can then bounce off of surfaces such as water, snow, pavement, and even grass, so be sure to take protective measures no matter what the sky looks like.
What SPF level is recommended?
The SPF unit on a sunscreen product is the “Sun Protection Factor”—this refers to the level of protection that the product provides from UVB rays, which cause sunburns and most skin cancers. The higher levels of SPF mean more protection, but after a certain point the difference in protection levels diminishes. It’s important to know that no one sunscreen can protect you completely.
Should I wait before getting in the water after applying sunscreen?
Yes, no matter what activity you’re about to engage in, you should apply sunscreen 30 minutes before heading outdoors. No product provides instant coverage, so be wary of any packaging that seems to make that claim. For swimming in particular, look for water resistant sunscreen. No sunscreen is waterproof or sweat proof, and manufacturers are no longer allowed to make that claim on sunscreen packaging. When you’re applying your water resistant sunscreen before heading out to the pool or beach, make sure you check the label carefully.