How does continuous ultraviolet exposure affect skin health?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Long-term exposure to ultraviolet rays (UVR) can have many effects on skin. It can damage cellular DNA, which can lead to skin cancer in severe cases. It can also interfere with the production of new collagen, and can promote collagen breakdown, contributing to premature skin aging (photoaging). UVR can also cause dry skin, leaving you with a rough, dull complexion.


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