Dr. Peter Jenkin, Dermatology Associates: “UVA is what potentiates a lot of skin cancers. UVA is what’s in tanning beds that’s causing all the skin cancers and UVA contributes predominantly to all the aging of your skin, so all the brown marks, the wrinkles, fine lines, creases in your skin, that’s all UVA damage. And the significant thing about UVA is it goes through windows; it goes through your car windshield. So if you are in a room with a window or if you are driving in your car, you are not going to get a sunburn, but you are going to be aging your skin and damaging it. So as a result, we recommend that you find a good sunscreen- one that will block UVA, and that you use it every single day. It’s never too early to start sunscreens, and if you haven’t used them, it’s never too late.The more sun that you have, the more it’s building up in your skin and damaging your DNA.There’s good evidence that the skin has regenerative effects of its own provided that you eliminate what the cause is. if you start using sunscreens your skin will inherently improve as those repair mechanisms take over. And then other things that you could do would be to use topical antioxidants or topical Retin-A (tretinoin) has been very beneficial at reversing some of the effects of sun damage."
Angie’s List Tips:
Sunscreen protects from UVA:
- Minimum SPF 30
- With micronized zinc oxide & titanium dioxide or avobenzone
- All age groups should use sunscreen
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