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AT A GLANCE BY ROSE SHILLING

BEHIND
THE BURN

Here's what happens to your skin
when you get too much sun exposure
You've seen the statistics: Your skin cancer
risk jumps if you've had sunburns.
But how does sunburn cause lasting
damage? Is redness that fades all that bad? If you have
darker skin that usually tans or at least doesn't burn,
perhaps you've doubted the danger of pool time without sun protection.
Let's take a look at what goes on inside your skin
when it's burned or overexposed.
Sunburn might seem temporary, but a burn of any
degree-and really, all sun exposure-can cause permanent harm that could lead to brown spots, creases
and cancer.
"It's like a wound. You've wounded the skin," says
Rebecca Baxt, MD, a fellow with the American Academy
of Dermatology.

REDNESS

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ILLUSTRATION BY GETTY IMAGES

When you get a bad burn, your skin cells release signals seeking help. Vessels enlarge to send more blood
to heal the area, resulting in the swollen, lobster-hued
look. With blistering, liquid gathers under the surface
cells you've killed to protect the skin growing below.
"A blister is nature's bandage, so you need to leave it
alone and let it heal from the inside out," Baxt says.
Your skin peels when the dead cells shed.



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