Effects of Solar Radiation on the Skin
Article first published online: 4 JUN 2012
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
Volume 11, Issue 2, pages 134–143, June 2012
How to Cite
Polefka, T. G., Meyer, T. A., Agin, P. P. and Bianchini, R. J. (2012), Effects of Solar Radiation on the Skin. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 11: 134–143. doi: 10.1111/j.1473-2165.2012.00614.x
- Issue published online: 4 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 4 JUN 2012
- Accepted for publication December 17, 2011
Vol. 11, Issue 4, 329, Article first published online: 23 NOV 2012
- free radicals;
- oxidative stress;
- sun protection;
No one would underestimate the importance of sunlight to the evolution of life on the earth and its role in human development. However, all humans – especially individuals who are lightly pigmented or whose occupation or lifestyle exposes them to excessive amounts of sunlight – are potentially susceptible to its deleterious effects. These effects can range from acute biological responses, such as sunburn and skin tanning, to conditions resulting from chronic exposure such as photoaged skin and potentially life-threatening conditions such as skin cancer. The objective of this review is to present a concise and up-to-date perspective on the effects of UVB, UVA, visible, and infrared radiation on cutaneous biochemistry and physiology.