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Knowing About Suntan, Sunburn And Sun Poisoning

Aug 17, 2007
A moderate sun exposure has never harmed your skin. It helps in building vitamin D in your body which proves to be very beneficial for your body. It has been found that vitamin D can minimize the cancer deaths with the presence of enough vitamin D. With the presence of pros, sun also has enough number of cons in its bag. Due to sun's exposure you can get a suntan or sun burn as well as sun poisoning. We have glorified the suntan skin due to the continuous glaring visions of half-naked men and women running on the beach. But there is more truth to it than what you see on the TV. Suntan causes skin to deteriorate faster with a leathery, wrinkled skin which may be diseased by skin cancer.

Sun poisoning is also known as Photodermatitis, sunburn or sun allergy. It is non-scientific term which mainly results in skin allergies. It affects people with light-skin as they have less protective skin pigment. Anyone for that matter can be affected when over-exposed to the sun. Sun poisoning occurs when combined with drugs, cosmetics, chemical and plants. If you have been working in a farm and in contact with the chemicals as well the plants it may cause an allergic reaction. Wearing a certain deodorant or using a certain kind of soap or shampoo can also lead to an allergic reaction for sun poisoning. Having medicines for blood pressure, birth control, diabetes or fungus infection or ringworm can also be one of the causes for sun poisoning. Suntan affects differently to the different skin types. They are slotted into six categories which depend on the different skin types.

The different skin types are-

Very sensitive which burns and never tans
Tanning is very little but can burn easily
Tanning is gradual and burning is moderate
Easily tans with less burns
Tans abundantly and very rarely burns
Least sensitive with less burns and heavy tanning

Self-Care Measures

If you want to get a sun tan do it gradually as over-exposing your skin for the first time may just burn your skin

Avoid sun when it's at the peak i.e. between 10 to 2 pm

Wear a suntan lotion to avoid those UVB rays

An overcast weather dosen't mean safe from UVB rays, it can still burn your skin.

Keep your body hydrated by drinking good amount of water

Have zinc oxide as your sunscreen

Use a sunscreen which has Parasol 1789 as it helps in protecting your skin from ultra-violet rays

Apply sun screen at least 15 -20 minutes before you head outside

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.
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Kevin Pederson can guide you about home remedies and provide different ways to prevent these illnesses. Home remedies for over exposure by sun. Some Precautionary measures to treat the sunburned skin.
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