What Actually Happens When You Get A Sunburn

August 29, 2014 12:34 PM

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It's been a long, hot summer, and for many of us, our skin is certainly feeling the effects. Without proper protection, like sunscreen, clothing and shade, the sun's ultraviolet rays can have damaging effects on the skin -- the most immediate, perhaps, being the dreaded sunburn.

At the root of it, a sunburn is damage -- and ultimately, death -- to some of the cells of the epidermis layer of the skin. In technical terms, "ultraviolet damage causes free radical production and oxidative stress, which causes DNA damage," dermatologist Neal Schultz, M.D., host of DermTV, explain...

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