Is Sun Damage Possible in the Winter?

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Protecting the skin from sun damage is not only important to avoid problems such as hyperpigmentation, but it can also keep one from having a higher risk of developing skin cancer. UV rays from the sun can be responsible for skin cancer, and patients who have had sunburns, tanned, or even used tanning beds have already increased their risks. This is why it is so important for patients to take good care of the skin, and not just during the summer. Sun damage is possible in the winter months as well!

Caring for winter skin

At Harris Dermatology, we understand the importance of caring for the skin all year round. Our providers are here to provide patients with the information they need to make smart decisions in protecting their skin’s appearance and health. In fact, sun damage is just as easy in the winter as it is in the summer. While the summer months have stronger UV rays, this doesn’t mean that they go away in the winter! UV rays can penetrate through fog, clouds, and even glass windows, meaning that sunny office spot is still a concern for sun-damaged skin! Patients who travel north for the winter months for skiing may also experience sun damage as UV light can reflect off of snow.

How to protect the skin from sun damage during the winter

  • Cover up exposed skin when outside
  • Use UV blocking sunglasses and wear a hat that protects the face as well
  • Wear high SPF sunscreen on all exposed skin and reapply as necessary
  • Avoid peak times when UV rays are at their highest, between 10am and 4pm

Learn more about caring for your skin in the winter months

If you are concerned about UV exposure even during the winter months, it is important that you remain proactive in caring for the skin. At Harris Dermatology in Fort Myers and Naples, Florida, we are here to help patients find ways to protect their skin and keep it healthy. Call one of the two office locations today to connect with our providers who are experienced and trained in offering treatment options for new and returning patients of the practice.


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