Dermatologists say sun damage becomes more noticeable on skin in winter months - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/26/09

Dermatologists say sun damage becomes more noticeable on skin in winter months

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By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - If you're noticing more spots and lines on your face after spending a lot of time in the sun this summer, that's no surprise this time of year.  Dr. Nadia Chaudhry, a dermatologist, says often when the summer tan begins to fade and the sun damage becomes more obvious. 

"It doesn't take a lot before you do actually harm your skin irreversibly," says Nadia Chaudhry, M.D., a dermatologist. "I started getting a brown, an actual brown spot, a dark spot and I was like, 'What is this? It's never been there before," said Christina Gonzales, and says her tan damaged her skiing. 

Dr. Chaudhry says even in as little as five days in the sun, like any summer vacation, unprotected skin can develop brown spots and wrinkles.  It becomes inflamed, lowering your defenses against further skin destruction, but more importantly, she says, every time you burn, you double your risk of skin cancer.  Dr. Chaudhry also says African Americans or people with darker skin may not burn as easily, but they still face the risk of skin cancer.

"They're still getting UVA, which is 95% of our sun exposure that we get. So those people still get cancer and wrinkles and photo damage," says Dr. Chaudhry. The bottom line is even in the winter months when the sun is welcome warmth from the cold, it is important to use sun screen to protect against skin damage and wrinkles.

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