We are exposed to the sun regularly irrespective of whether we are a student, a corporate or a housewife. It is quite ironical that on one hand, sunlight is an essential source of Vitamin D, on the other, it is responsible for increasing number of skin problems and lesions (including moles) as well.
The melanocytic cells start producing more melanin in our body when exposed to sunlight and could possibly damage DNA and cause the cells to grow out of control.
Sunlight has become one of the major causes for skin related diseases including cancer or melanoma and there are limited ways we can reduce our exposure to Ultraviolet radiations but we can certainly take measures to ensure that our exposure to the sun is balanced. Also, note that sunlight is amongst the top causes for new moles to grow and change in existing moles on our skin.
In this article, we’ll cover how to prevent new moles or change in existing moles even with maximum exposure to UV light.
1. Avoid direct contact with sun during noon
Noon is a time when the sun is at its strongest. Make sure you get somewhere either take a shelter somewhere, board a metro or plan your day in such a way that you avoid Ultraviolet rays during that time. In fact, MayoClinic recommends avoiding the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
2. Utilize wearables
Wear sunglasses during the day & cover as much part of your body as you can to minimize the effect of direct sunlight. Your protective clothing must include full-sleeved shirts, trousers and a brimmed hat.
It is common for moles to grow on areas majorly exposed to sunlight and hence, it is a matter of prime importance to protect yourself at all times.
3. Use high factor sunscreen
There is no denial to the fact that all of us are exposed to sunlight on a daily basis. And, there are limited ways we can reduce our exposure to sunlight especially if you have a job that allows you to travel more.
It is absolutely recommended to wear a high factor (Minimum SPF of 15) sunscreen to at least minimize the effect that devastating UV rays might have on your skin. Apply it 30 minutes before you head outdoors. American Institute of Dermatology recommends using a water-resistant sunscreen with SPF no less than 30.
4. Look before leaving
Before you make a move from the house, be sure to check whether and temperature for the day. Plan and carry stuff accordingly.
5. Avoid using things that emit Ultraviolet radiations
Products such as tanning beds, that are quite popular in the modern day, emit UV rays and are used to create cosmetic tanning on the skin. These can be highly dangerous for your skin.
The following video also talks about the damages sun is doing to our skin. Although, this is not specific to moles on skin and effects of UV light on moles but gives you an overall view of how your body reacts to sunlight and what are some ways to protect it.
To sum it up, there is no survival without sun but it is important to find the right balance so that you receive optimum exposure to UV and protect your moles from attracting melanoma.
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