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Does a severe sunburn cause skin aging, or is it caused by long-term sun exposure?

Does a severe sunburn cause skin aging, or is it caused by long-term sun exposure?

Both!: Acute sunburn causes more skin damage, and may increase risk of melanoma somewhat more than long-tern sun exposure, which still causes wrinkles, spots, and skin cancers as well. Radiation damage is cumulative over a lifetime, so both are not good! sort of like many toxic things--a little over a long time will kill you just as dead as a lot all at once! ...Read more

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Sun Exposure (Definition)

Sunburn results when the amount of exposure to the sun or other ultraviolet light source exceeds the ability of the body's protective pigment, melanin, to protect the skin. Sunburn in a very light-skinned person may occur in less than 15 minutes of midday sun exposure, while a dark-skinned person may tolerate the ...Read more


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Will vitiligo make me more susceptible to sunburn? Am i more likely to become sunburned with vitiligo, and should I avoid sun exposure?

Will vitiligo make me more susceptible to sunburn? Am i more likely to become sunburned with vitiligo, and should I avoid sun exposure?

Yes: Since the skin has no pigment, you will likely get burnt easily. Use a good sunscreen with titanium or zinc oxide over the area prior to exposure to the sun. Remember to reapply every 2 hours until you are out of the sun. ...Read more

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Do you sunburn easier at different heights? my friend lives on a hill and i got sunburnt arms following very little sun exposure whilst visiting him

Do you sunburn easier at different heights? my friend lives on a hill and i got sunburnt arms following very little sun exposure whilst visiting him

Yes: The higher the altitude, the less protection the atmosphere (ozone) provides. A minimum of SPF 30 sunblock, applied frequently, is necessary to avoid sunburns at high altitudes. ...Read more

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Acetal melanoma is not related to sun, superficial is related to sunburns, lentigo is to chronic sun exposure, what is nodular related to?

Acetal melanoma is not related to sun, superficial is related to sunburns, lentigo is to chronic sun exposure, what is nodular related to?

Time growth: The pattern of growth of melanoma is defined by the thickness of the lesion with those defined by Breslow of more than 1.5 mm thick having a greater possibility of spreading. With time the flat, thin appearance changes and the melanoma grows thicker to take on a nodular appearance. Later, this nodular lesion takes on an ulcerating picture wherein the prognosis is far poorer. ...Read more

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Woke up with painful rash on my chest, deep red color looks like a sunburn, but no sun exposure. Anything to help sooth the pain.pics in my file.

Woke up with painful rash on my chest, deep red color looks like a sunburn, but no sun exposure.  Anything to help sooth the pain.pics in my file.

Dermatitis: Sudden development of a painful skin rash can be related to multiple different diseases. However, in healthy individuals, it is usually a contact dermatitis caused by coming in contact with an irritant. Avoid new soaps, detergents, clothing, foods, medicines, perfumes, deoderants, etc that may be causing irritation. ...Read more

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If it takes three days of sun exposure for someone to develope any signs of sun burn, does that mean this person age slower?

If it takes three days of sun exposure for someone to develope any signs of sun burn, does that mean this person age slower?

Sunburn: Sunburn is literally a burn on the skin from ultraviolet (uv) radiation. This burn causes inflammation of the skin. Injury from sunburn can begin within 30 minutes of exposure. One or more blistering sunburns in childhood or adolescence more than double a person's chances of developing melanoma later in life, according to the skin cancer foundation. ...Read more

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I got badly sunburnt on my back and my scars look swollen and puffy. Is this just because of the sun exposure and how long will it take for them to reduce back to normal size?

I got badly sunburnt on my back and my scars look swollen and puffy. Is this just because of the sun exposure and how long will it take for them to reduce back to normal size?

If you have scars...: From sunburn, first, stay out of the sun. Scars are often raised when they are immature and improve with time, though this make take 6-12 months. In that time they are susceptible to repeat sunburn. More importantly, if they are tanned, they may tan permanently. Use a sunscreen with an spf number of at least 15 that is waterproof and re-apply often. If the scars worsen, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What amount sun exposure causes melanoma?

What amount sun exposure causes melanoma?

Depends On Skin Type: Melanoma is the deadliest of all skin cancers. Your risk of melanoma with sun exposure depends on your skin type. Skin that burns easily and never tans has a higher risk of developing melanoma than skin that is dark and almost never burns. As a rule, you should always wear sunscreen when exposed to the sun. Not only will that decrease your risk of melanoma, it also prevents premature aging. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sunburn (Definition)

Sunburn is an intense inflammatory response to excessive sun exposure. It actually represents the body's reaction to tissue damage ...Read more