Don’t Let This Be You! Dermatoheliosis

Don’t Let This Be You! 
It’s difficult to refute the effects of chronic sun exposure after seeing this image of a truck driver, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showing accelerated photoaging that affects only the left side (‘driving side’) of his face. He drove trucks for 28 years without sunscreen!  Chronic sun exposure contributes to premature skin aging and wrinkling due to accelerated breakdown of collagen and elastin. Chronic exposure to ultraviolet radiation is also associated with the development of skin cancers, enlarged pores, blackheads, and orange-peel like skin changes. Don’t let this be you! Remember to apply your sunscreen and avoid tanning beds.


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