STATES CHRONICLE – Spending too much time out on a sunny day without wearing sunscreen can be dangerous. However, many of us think it won’t hurt us if, one time, we forget to apply protective cream and go out for a walk. The best example of what can happen in such cases is given by a man from Texas who shaved his head and then spent 14 hours outside in broad sunlight.
The man’s skin lost its elasticity after the sunburn, thus causing the weird-looking dents
Cade Huckabay has recently posted pictures of the sunburn he suffered six months ago. Since he didn’t apply any sunscreen` and his head was freshly shaven, spending many hours in the sun turned out extremely bad. His head got swollen and, after pressing this area, he could leave a dent on his forehead which stayed there.
These photos, which were posted on Twitter quickly went viral, as they gathered over 100,000 retweets. When asked about the situation, Huckabay said that this was the first time when his head and forehead had ‘seen the sun’. Usually, he kept them covered with hats or hair, so it was natural that he would suffer a severe sunburn.
Sunburns increase the risk of developing skin cancer
However, he didn’t suffer any adverse symptoms apart from this extreme swelling. He didn’t feel ill, and said he was just like before, only that his head was slightly bigger. Also, his skin lost its elasticity due to the extreme sunburn, so he could leave a dent on his head. After pressing it in, it remained visible for about half an hour.
Getting one bad sunburn once doesn’t automatically means you’ll develop skin cancer. However, prolonged exposure to UV rays might favorize the development of the disease, as the skin degrades with every sunburn you get. This is why you should always apply sunscreen, wear protective clothes, and avoid going out when the sunrays are the most powerful, namely between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
One time I shaved my head, got severely sunburned, & swelled up just a little bit 🙂 pic.twitter.com/9FWw3jcdYf
— Cade Huckabay (@CadeHuckabay) December 5, 2017
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