02 May Sun Damage: Below the Surface
Photographer Pierre-Louis Ferrer recently took UV portraits of 20 people to expose just how damaging the sun can really be. At Refined Dermatology, the reality of sun damage is nothing new. Still, Ferrer’s series “RAW” has helped many people realize just how much damage their skin has suffered over the years. The portrait series showcases hidden damages invisible to the naked eye that is caused by UV rays. Slowly, over time, many of these sun damage spots will materialize as hyperpigmentation, lines, and sometimes even skin cancer.
Many people ignore the signs of sun damage because it’s easy to overlook. Out of sight, out of mind—and tans or burns only last for a few days. Hopefully, Ferrer’s work will encourage more people to practice skin health best practices, including covering up when you’re in the sun and wearing sunscreen and reapplying it regularly.
According to Ferrer, “Each model offers the viewer an intimate view of his own being, which he cannot even perceive by himself. This relationship of intimacy and trust is the opposite of our society where selfies and social networks project an idyllic vision of our lives.” It’s also an opportunity to see years of sun damage, with many of the spots beginning with sun exposure and damage as children.
Ultraviolet light boasts wavelengths around 380 nanometers. However, the human eye can only see light with wavelengths between 380 and 700 nanometers. Ferrer’s portrait series helps us see what’s already there. It serves as a warning, but know that it’s never too late to start taking care of your skin.
Contact Refined Dermatology Today
Protecting your skin from sun damage is a daily task. Scheduling an annual skin exam with a dermatologist is the best way to catch and treat skin cancer early. However, you also have options for treating current and past sun damage. From laser skin resurfacing to PRP treatments and chemical peels, your younger, healthier skin below the surface can shine. The trick is bringing that skin front and center with the help of the latest treatments. Call Refined Dermatology today at (408) 688-2082 and start prioritizing your skin health today.