We advise that all patients wear protective clothing and sunscreen and limit their exposure to ultraviolet radiation. We do not recommend the use of artificial tanning lights or beds. This is especially important for patients who work outdoors and are seeking peels, microdermabrasion, IPL, and/or any ablative or partially ablative procedures.
The Federal Department of Agriculture (FDA) notes that skin damage from sunlight accumulates with continued exposure – whether sunburn occurs or not. In addition to skin cancer and sunburn, other effects of UV ray exposure include premature aging, wrinkling, and a leathery appearance of the skin. Research also suggests that excessive exposure to UV rays may interfere with the body’s immune system.
Sunburn is associated with ultraviolet B (UVB), a shorter ultraviolet wavelength. Ultraviolet A (UVA), a longer wavelength, can penetrate the skin and damage connective tissue at deeper levels, even if the skin’s surface feels cool. Therefore, it is important to limit exposure to both UVA and UVB.
Sunscreens, along with limited sun exposure and protective clothing, reduce the harmful effects of the sun and play an important role in a total skincare program.