Why does sunburn hurt?
When our skin gets sunburnt a number of things happen to counter the fact that our skin cells are damaged by ultraviolet radiation.
UVB rays are the reason for sunburn, because the UVB wavelength of light damages skin cells. Recent medical research has discovered that when the skin cells are damaged it provokes our body to release proteins called CXCLS, also known as chemokines.
The CXCLS proteins help attract immune cells to the damaged tissue but medical research also highlights that the CXCLS protein also stimulates pain receptors at the injury site.
Inflammation and pain results from sun damage but most worryingly over exposure to UV radiation is the primary cause of skin cancer and melanoma. Around 90% of skin cancer cases are due to UV radiation exposure.
Wearing UPF 50+ sun protective clothing is the best way to prevent sun burn
Dermatologists agree that the best way to prevent sunburn, skin ageing and skin cancer is to wear UPF 50+ sun protective clothing, a broad-brim sun hat.
Solbari Sun Protection is the leading Australian sun protective clothing brand with customers in over 70 countries. Solbari offers a range of UPF 50+ sun protective clothing, broad brim sun hats, UV arm sleeves and sun umbrellas.
The Solbari Team
This blog is for information purposes only, always consult your medical professional.