Weather Wise: Sun Damage

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With summer in full swing, residents are getting outside and enjoying the warm weather while it's still here. In light of that here is some information that can help you keep your skin safe when you're out having fun in the sun in this week's Weather Wise.

According the National Weather Service the UV index is measuring at seven in our area.  This means the risk of sun damage from UVA and UVB rays is  high. Certified Physician's Assistant, Debra Remillard, specializes in dermatology and says the rays are different, but both very damaging.

"Think of UVA as aging there are the rays that are actually in our atmosphere all the time, we're exposed to them continuously. They actually penetrate deeper, they're more cancer causing.”

She says the harm from these rays can go unnoticed for a long time because the damage doesn't show up right away like a UVB ray.

"If you think "B" for burn, it's that one that probably causes the most damage that people are aware of because they get an immediate burn and that causes a different damage to the skin."

Remillard says protecting your skin is important to do every day, because both kinds of rays cause cancer from damage built up over time.

"So depending on how many burns we had when we were young, depending on how many hours we ever spent in a tanning bed, if we ever did that, it's starting to accumulate up and so that damage then gets to where the skin just can't repair itself anymore." 

The FDA has come a long way in making sunblock safer.  She says to get protection from both rays, use sunscreen with either titanium, zinc or avobenzone.  Now you're a little more Weather Wise.



Story by Kelley Smith, Beartooth NBC.
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