Skin Sun Damage Symptoms & Treatments

Dr. Jason Rivers, MD, FRCPC, discusses Skin Sun Damage Symptoms & Treatments

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Dr. Jason Rivers, MD, FRCPC, discusses Skin Sun Damage Symptoms & Treatments
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Featuring Dr. Jason Rivers, MD, FRCPC

Duration: 1 minute, 37 seconds

Sun damage is a very common process that occurs in North Americans, especially since we don't get a lot of sunlight and so people seek it whenever they can.

A very easy way to see what sun damaged skin looks like in compairson to normal skin is to look at the inside of your arm, which is generally protected from the sun.

And you'll notice that on sun damaged skin, which primarly effects obviously exposed areas of the body, the skin can have a change in its appearance, such that brown spots will develop, the skin becomes more sallow in complexion, wrinkles can start to develop as well. The skin also can be somewhat thicker and when you run your hand over the skin it feels more coarse.

Sun damage doesn't necessarily occur only in old people. It can occur if you have enough exposure to ultraviolet light early in life. People who are very fair skinned are most susceptible to sun damage, whereas African Americans, who have intrinsic pigment protection, are less likely to develop this, but can if they get enough sun exposure.

Unfortunately in North America, especially in Canada, only about 50% of people use sunscreens during the summer months. But we do know that this is a very effective way of preventing sun damage to the skin if used adequately and frequently.

Also, clothing goes a long way to help reduce sun damage and should be considered as a first line of treatment against sun damage.

Presenter: Dr. Jason Rivers, Dermatologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Dermatologist

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Quiz: Do You Understand Skin Conditions?

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Acne causes pimples, blackheads, whiteheads or cysts/nodules to appear on the face, shoulders and chest but not the neck or upper back.

Explanation:

Acne causes pimples, blackheads, whiteheads or cysts/nodules to appear on the face, shoulders, chest, neck and upper back.

2

Dermatitis only appears on the hands and feet.

Explanation:

Dermatitis is caused by an allergen, leading to a red, itchy and scaly rash that may appear anywhere, often turning into blisters.

3

Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer.

Explanation:

Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. It causes an asymmetrical mole with irregularly shaped edges and multiple colours to appear on the body.

4

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition.

Explanation:

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes scaly and silvery skin patches on the knees, scalp, elbows and lower back.

5

Warts always appear alone, not in groups.

Explanation:

Warts are caused by a contagious virus called human papillomavirus (HPV), and may appear in groups or alone.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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