Summer has arrived, so it’s an especially good time to stock up on sunscreen, especially if you’re planning to spend time outside. But don’t forget to apply sunscreen for the drive; either unilateral dermatoheliosis, or skin damage on one side of the body, is an often overlooked consequence of riding in motor vehicles without proper sun protection. It serves as a reminder that ultraviolet radiation penetrates the glass in our cars, particularly the side windows.
The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a photograph of a 69-year-old man who developed unilateral dermatoheliosis from years of driving a commercial truck without sunscreen. The man’s right side had not been damaged as severely because it was blocked from the ultraviolet rays coming in through the vehicle’s window. However, the left side exhibits wrinkles, sagging and cysts from sun damage.
Cell damage from exposure to the sun can occur any time the sun’s rays make contact with the skin’s surface. Applying (and re-applying) sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, and limiting exposure to the sun is important during all seasons and even while driving. A good quality topical antioxidant, such as Skinceuticals Vitamin CE Ferulic or Phloretin, reduce the damaging effect of UV rays that get through a sunscreen. For more information about keeping your skin safe and young, contact Zimmet Vein & Dermatology today.