Once the Fourth of July hits you know Summer is officially here! The sun is shining brightly and it’s appropriate that UV Safety Awareness Month is July. We’d like to take this opportunity to highlight the risks associated with too much sun exposure and outline how our services can improve the health of your skin and even ease signs of aging!
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has named July as Ultraviolet (UV) Safety Month. Overexposure to UV rays can cause numerous health issues. In addition to the risk of skin cancer, UV rays can cause macular degeneration, cataracts, skin growths, and suppression of the immune system.
The sun emits radiation known as UV-A and UV-B rays. Both types can damage your eyes and skin:
Fortunately, there are things you can do to minimize the risk that comes with sun exposure.
In addition to these recommendations, QOMC offers comprehensive services for patients who have skin concerns that may be related to sun damage or aging. Your treatment can include vitamin supplements, hormone balance, or an anti-inflammatory diet.
Optimal vitamin levels can translate into a reduction in dark spots, redness, wrinkles, rough patches, and excessive dryness. We can check your native vitamin levels with a simple blood test and prescribe supplements that will increase the health of your skin and help heal damage.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy has been shown to increase epidermal hydration, skin elasticity, skin thickness, and also reduces skin wrinkles. Additionally, the content and quality of collagen and the level of vascularization in the skin has been shown to be enhanced.
An anti-inflammatory diet rich in antioxidants can heal your skin from the inside out by making sure your skin has the nutrients it needs to repair and replenish itself. The number of antioxidants in your blood decreases when your skin is exposed to sunlight, so it’s important to supplement the presence of antioxidants when you know you’ll be in the sun for longer.
A consultation with our nurse practitioner, Kara Kelly, will help you determine which course of treatment is right for your specific needs!
-Information sources: va.gov, healthline.com