If concerns about developing skin cancer are not enough to get you to wear sunscreen, maybe an appeal to your vanity will. According to the first rigorous study of its kind, researchers found that year-round use of sunscreen delays aging of the skin caused by exposure to ultraviolet-light (UV) rays. While this finding may not come as a surprise to many, it is the first piece of research that lends scientific proof to the notion that use of broad-spectrum sunscreen (which protects against both UVB and UVA rays) slows the aging effect of UV rays on the skin. The sunscreen used for the study had a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15. The UV protection provided by sunscreen is multi-faceted.
As the body’s largest organ, your skin works constantly to protect the organs, regulate body temperature, and it reflects your overall health. If you notice or experience any changes to your skin, it’s best to see a dermatologist. Our goal is to provide only the highest quality, compassionate care for patients that need dermatologic care. For more information, call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111. Our office is conveniently located at 103 N. Haven Suite. We are accepting new patients. We strive to provide the highest care to our patients.
Todd T. Davis, MD
to the study mentioned above, adults who used sunscreen daily were 24% less likely to show increased aging regardless of sex, age, skin color, occupation, skin cancer history, weight, and smoking.