Shocking Photo Shows the dark side of sunshine

Shocking Photo Shows the dark side of sunshine

Written by Nicola Scott

Topics: News

A truck driver whoshows signs of UVA damage.

A truck driver howing signs of UVA damage.

A Photograph recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine graphically shows the damage UVA rays can do to the skin. What makes tis image so striking is how the UVA rays  damaged just one side of the face.
The subject is a 68 year old retired truck driver named Bill McElligott. “He was a truck driver for the majority of his life and never wore sunscreen,” said Northwestern University dermatologist Jennifer Gordon, who reported the man’s case. “We think the sun exposure just on this side of the face is what caused the damage.”

Ultraviolet A (UVA) light from the sun can easily penetrate window glass and even light clothing, said Gordon. UVA rays cause damage deep in the skin, affecting connective tissues such as collagen and elastin.

“That’s where you get that aging effect: the wrinkles, the deposits of material in the skin,” Gordon said.

Although the subject of the photograph has not developed any type of skin cancer. The photograph acts as a clear warning sign to those of us who expose ourselves to harmful sun rays.

The best way to prevent skin cancer as well as early aging is sunscreen, Gordon said. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends using sunscreens that provide a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30, and that offer broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are the primary cause of sunburn. While UVB rays are blocked by window glass, UVA rays are not; even on a cloudy day, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays make it through the clouds. The AAD recommends wearing sunscreen on exposed areas of the skin daily, even during winter.

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  2. Alexander Healy BSc, PhD Says:

    I am a Dermatological Scientist and came across your assertion and felt I had to provide a correction. UV per say has not caused the problem, the glass windscreen has, in fact, distorted the spectrum and intensified the effect. Similar, if you will, to what we used to do as kids when we used a magnifying glass to burn a hole in paper. To draw a comparison between this poor man’s skin damage and normal intensity is incorrect. Of course, over exposure, leading to burning is dangerous, but we need sunshine to sustain life.

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