Sun exposure severely wrinkles one side of truck drivers face...
A truck driver who spent over 28 years at the wheel of his vehicle has developed serve skin damage, which has caused one side of his face to age by decades.
Now, the 69-year-old unnamed driver has severe wrinkles and lines on the left side of his face – where for years the sun has beating down on his skin through the driver-side window.
The New England Journal diagnoses the ‘thickening and wrinkling of the skin’ as a photoaging condition known as dermatoheliosis – caused by exposure to UVA and UVB rays. Sufferrers of dermtoheliosis develop hyperkeratosis – a the thickening of the stratum corneum, or outer most layer of the skin, consisting of dead cells.
The team noted that the damage had been caused by both UVA and UVB rays, and although UVB rays have been linked to a higher rate of photocarcinogenesis, UVA rays have also been shown to ‘induce substantial DNA mutations, which can ‘lead to the formation of skin cancer.’
According to the report doctors are treating the man with topical retinoids and sun cream, whilst periodically monitoring him for skin cancer.
A doctor from a team of Northwestern University researchers who also studied the man concluded:
“The biggest take-home message from all of this is that you can get UV radiation through window glass even if you are just running an errand.”
One person’s story is usually no reason to follow suit, but since medical experts have been telling us for decades how damaging UV rays really are, perhaps this one man’s story serves as a just reminder to always wear sun block and protect your skin from the sun.
TAGS :Anti Aging, Cancer, Dermatology, Health, Medical, News, Skin, Skin Disorder
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