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When Skin Burns - What Happens When You Get Too Many UV Rays

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When Skin Burns - What Happens When You Get Too Many UV Rays

Skin has a complex structure with many functions. Melanin are pigment molecules that protect the skin from ultraviolet rays (same use as carotenes in plants). The more melanin you have, the more protection you get from the sun. When skin is exposed to UV rays, melanin goes on the defense and redistributes to create a darkening of skin. If skin doesn’t have enough melanin to protect it, a burn occurs. A burn is DNA damage to the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin) that creates numerous effects in order to heal.  Skin turns red because the blood vessels in the...