Kissed By The Sun

May 07, 2018 - By Dr. Martin Kassir

Gone are the days of laying in the sun or tanning booth with baby oil, iodine, or even cooking oil.   Cute little freckles and being “kissed by the sun” are all forms of sun damage.  These may bring back fond memories; however, the sun has become much more powerful over the past decades. 

Overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation is harmful.  Sunburns are burns that affect your living tissue; some can cause long-lasting damage.  Some common symptoms include skin that is hot to the touch, surface pain, general fatigue, and dizziness.  Children are more susceptible than adults.  Some tricks that may help you remember are…

A-    Away: stay away from the sun when possible.  Avoid direct sunlight between 10am-5pm.


B-    Block: Use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, do not forget to reapply. Also, don’t think because the sun isn’t shining that you cannot get a burn, because you can!  Start adding SPF to your daily routine in the mornings.


C-    Cover Up: Wear hats with wide brims, even some clothing have SPF protection built in.

Protecting your skin now will give you great rewards in the future such as avoiding age spots, fine lines and wrinkles.  Your skin is an investment; start caring for it now, so it can care for you later!

If you have a sunburn that has blisters and covers a large surface area, or have existing sun damage, please contact our Dallas office for medical care.

If you do have a history of sun exposure, we also perform TBSE (Total Body Skin Exams) in our Dallas office to screen you for skin cancer.