How to manage the downsides of “Non-pigmented” skin
Dr. Leslie Baumann
Your “Non-pigmented” skin’s lack of discoloration is a definite plus, but this skin type can come along with some less-than-desirable attributes. But it’s never too late to take steps to avoid these “Non-pigmented” pitfalls…
Increased chance of sunburn and skin cancer: With less pigment to protect your skin from the ravages of the sun, you probably burn every time you step into the sun unprotected. Beyond the short-term consequences, with every burn, you increase your risk of non-melanoma skin cancers down the line.
Rosacea: Growing medical evidence shows that sun damage made worse by your skin’s lack of pigment can cause rosacea in some cases.
Wrinkles: Long-term exposure to the sun’s UV rays breaks down supportive fibers in your skin such as collagen and elastin. Although you may enjoy relatively flawless skin through your 30s and even 40s, fine lines and wrinkles will eventually make an appearance.
The easiest way to prevent these skin issues is to wear sunscreen 365 days a year, rain or shine starting right now! In addition, try to schedule outdoor activities at times when the sun’s rays are less harmful, such as before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. (the beach is just as beautiful when you take a sunrise or sunset stroll!).
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