Harmful Effects Of Sunscreen Essay

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Though the sun is loved by most here on earth, it can be very harmful to many things including damage to skin. Some of the harmful effects of the sun include skin cancer, aging of skin, and sunburn. The sun is constantly giving off ultra-violet (UV) rays, the photons in these rays are shorter in wave length and can’t be seen by our bare eyes because they are above our visible spectrum. Basically, what humans can’t see can actually harm us a lot. What usually happens when the rays hit our skin, they generate free radicals that can also harm your DNA. The rays that we are exposed to are made up of UVB and UVA rays. UVB rays are much shorter in wave length and don’t penetrate deep in the skin but can damage DNA. UVB rays are the main cause of…show more content…
An allergic reaction to sunscreen can cause photocontact dermatitis. Photocontact dermatitis is the reaction of chemicals to the addition of sun exposure. If these issues were more commonly known then it fear could arouse among the public causing less people to wear sunscreen. Above Australia there is a hole in the ozone layer that protects other parts of the world from the harmful effects of UV rays. 2 in 3 Australians are diagnosed with cancer by the age of 70. That is not because people don’t wear sunscreen. If less people wore sunscreen in Australia the number could move up to 3 out of 4 people.

In my opinion I think that sunscreen is great, and overall the benefits overrule the limitations. Yes, some people have problems with sunscreen, whether it’s that they are allergic to some of the chemicals or just don’t like to have it on, everyone has a different opinion, and my opinion is that it should be taken advantage of. I think that sunscreen should be treated like a disease prevention, because sometimes it could be the difference between being uncomfortable and skin cancer. The thing I don’t understand is if it’s so simple to protect yourself, why

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