Science of Skin

Sunburn

Sunburn is the physical response of the skin to damage by overexposure to UV radiation; the duration and intensity of UV radiation corresponds to the severity of the sunburn. UV radiation, specifically the UVB wavelengths, penetrates the skin and burns the tissue, often damaging skin cells beyond repair. For more details on this process, refer to the Sunburn article. Figure 1. Skin damaged by sunburn Sunburn is extremely common, with surveys showing that 42% of people get sunburnt at least once annually. Solar UV radiation is the most common cause…

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