Know your skin type! The effects of sunlight are not the same for everyone

28/05/2020

First published June 2017; updated May 2020 Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in Ireland and in fair/light skinned populations worldwide, for whom sunburn is a risk factor Yet, in most cases, it is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer - the vast majority are associated with overexposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV), mainly from sunlight However, UV from artificial...

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What is solar UV radiation and why you need to know about it…?

28/05/2020

First published June 2017; updated May 2020 What is solar ultraviolet radiation Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is one of the three major components of sunlight, which include visible light and infrared (heat) It is divided into three categories, classified according to wavelength: UVC, UVB and UVA The ozone layer blocks all UVC and most (90% or more) of UVB, while UVA passes through the...

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Confused about the UV Index?

28/05/2020

First published June 2017; updated May 2020 What is solar ultraviolet radiation Ultraviolet radiation (UV) is a component of sunlight The two types of UV that we need to be concerned about are UVA and UVB What is the UV index The UV index is a scale that was developed by the World Health Organisation which measures the UV level at the surface of the Earth, and gives an indication of the...

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Seasonal UV Changes and Protecting Our Skin

28/05/2020

Knowing a little bit about Earth’s relationship with the Sun allows us to understand how the intensity of the Sun’s rays can change during the year, and the importance of protecting our skin What causes the change in seasons Earth revolves around the Sun, taking a year to complete one orbit But as it does so, it also spins on its own axis (an imaginary line that extends from the north to...

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No sunscreen can provide 100% UV protection

28/05/2020

First published June 2017; updated May 2020 The role of sunscreen Alongside other protective measures, such as clothing and shade, sunscreens play an important preventative role against the acute and long-term effects of overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, including: sunburn, skin damage, premature ageing of the skin and skin cancer Solar UV radiation UV radiation is a...

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Clouds, water, glass: surprising things that solar UV can pass through

28/05/2020

First published June 2017; updated May 2020 Do you know that over 90% of UV can pass through light cloud, at half a metre depth under water UV is still 40% as intense as at the surface, and some UV can pass through glass! We're all becoming more aware of the importance of protecting ourselves against overexposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV)   when outdoors but you may be surprised to know...

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Know Your Fitzpatrick Skin Type: Protect Your Skin!

18/05/2020

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in Ireland and in fair/light skinned populations worldwide, for whom sunburn is a risk factor The vast majority of these cancers are associated with overexposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV), mainly from sunlight However, UV from artificial sources eg sunbeds, also cause skin cancer Yet, the good news is that most skin cancers can be prevented...

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The Microbiome: new avenues of exploration in psoriasis research

08/11/2019

Studies indicate that some common inflammatory skin conditions eg acne, rosacea, atopic eczema, psoriasis, and hidradenitis suppurativa, are associated with changes in the microorganisms that live on (colonize) human skin These changes, or imbalance (compared with normal), is termed dysbiosis and has prompted research into the possible role(s) of the microbiome in a number of skin conditions,...

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Sunlight, sap and strimmer’s rash – how some plants pose a risk to your skin

31/07/2019

The recent spell of sunny weather has encouraged lots of us to get active outdoors, enticing walkers and cyclists to explore the countryside and gardeners to tackle weeds, hedges, ditches and lawns While the odd nettle sting, or scratch from a thorn is quite a common occurrence amongst those who enjoy outdoor pursuits or gardening, there are other less obvious risks posed by plants,...

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ISF Gives Talk on ‘Skin Health’ at An Cosán

01/04/2019

On Thursday the 28 March the ISF Health Promotion Team were delighted to give a general talk on 'Skin Health and Common Skin Conditions' to the lovely ladies of the University of the Third Age in An Cosán in Tallaght Beginning as The Shanty in September 1986, co-founders Dr Ann Louise Gilligan and Dr Katherine Zappone established a community-based project as a platform for active citizenship...

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Tattoos: some considerations for your skin’s health

01/02/2019

Think before you ink! As the popularity of tattoos continues to rise, so too do concerns about potential risks While some of these risks may be known to the general public (eg the transmission of serious blood borne infections through unsterilized equipment), others may be less well publicised eg tattoo associated skin disorders or indeed, regret What is a tattoo A permanent tattoo involves...

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Some Simple Tips to Tackle Dry Skin this Winter

18/12/2018

In wintertime, central heating and lower humidity (very dry air) can aggravate skin dryness So as the temperature gauge plummets, we look at simple ways to combat this seasonal phenomenon The epidermis at a glance The uppermost layer of the skin is called the epidermis; this forms the main protective barrier and is where drying occurs The epidermis is comprised of layers of cells, stacked on...

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