Seven worst jobs for your skin

Lesotho Times - - Jobs & Tenders -

YOUR job may stress you out, but that’s not all it’s do­ing. Cer­tain work fac­tors can ac­tu­ally ac­cel­er­ate the on­set of skin aging symptoms like wrin­kles, age spots and sag­ging skin — and even in­crease your like­li­hood of skin can­cer.

“The more ul­tra vi­o­let (UV) ex­po­sure you get, the faster your skin is go­ing to age.

And if you’re work­ing in a very dry en­vi­ron­ment — with heavy heat in the win­ter, low hu­mid­ity, or any kind of smoke, your skin will also age faster,” says Dar­rell Rigel, MD, med­i­cal direc­tor at Sch­weiger Der­ma­tol­ogy in New York City.

So is it time to grab wrin­kle cream along with your morn­ing cup of cof­fee?

Check to see if your job is on the list be­low, along with ex­pert tips for how you can help counter the harm­ful ef­fects of the work­day if you or a loved one is in one of th­ese po­si­tions.

Of­fice work­ers We know that get­ting sun­burn in­creases your risk of skin can­cer — but per­haps sur­pris­ingly, so can lack of sun­light, which is as­so­ci­ated with lower vi­ta­min D lev­els.

A study in Med­i­cal Hy­pothe­ses found that work­ers who stay in­side all day have more in­ci­dences of mel- anoma.

The re­search sug­gests of­fice work­ers have lower vi­ta­min D lev­els be­cause only UVA rays pass through win­dows, while vi­ta­min D-con­tain­ing UVB rays that help boost the im­mune sys­tem don’t pass through glass. Regular 9 to 5-ers also tend to make up sun time in pro­longed bursts on week­ends and va­ca­tions, which also in­creases risk of skin can­cer when there’s too much of a good thing, says Rigel.

Pi­lots and flight at­ten­dants Ra­di­a­tion ex­po­sure re­lated to high al­ti­tudes may be why pi­lots and flight at­ten­dants have higher skin can­cer rates near­ing those who have used in­door tan­ning beds, re­ports a study in JAMA Der­ma­tol­ogy. While the av­er­age Amer­i­can has a two per­cent risk of de­vel­op­ing melanoma, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Can­cer In­sti­tute, re­searchers found that melanoma is about twice as com­mon in flight crew.

“This is very wor­ri­some and aware­ness needs to in­crease and protective mea­sure­ments must be un­der­taken,” said the study’s lead au­thor, Martina San­lorenzo, MD, of the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia.

Truck and taxi driv­ers Many peo­ple don’t re­alise that harm­ful UV rays stream in through ve­hi­cle win­dows.

“Those who work in trans­porta­tion are most sus­cep­ti­ble — think truck driv­ers, cab driv­ers, air traf­fic con­trol and train con­duc­tors,” says Julius Few, MD, a plas­tic sur­geon based in Chicago and New York.

They may also have more signs of aging like wrin­kles and sag­ging skin on the left side of their face; just look at this crazy ex­am­ple. “Wear­ing a sun­screen of at least SPF 30 ev­ery sin­gle day will help pre­vent both aging and re­duce your risk of skin can­cer, no mat­ter where you are, or what you’re do­ing — and don’t for­get the back of your hands when driv­ing!” ad­vises Mont­clair, New Jer­sey der­ma­tol­o­gist, Jea­nine B Downie, MD.

Fire­fight­ers Con­stant ex­po­sure to nox­ious fumes from flames dam­ages skin cell DNA and can con­se­quently in­crease the chance of a skin can­cer di­ag­no­sis in fire­fight­ers, along with other ma­jor can­cers of the re­s­pi­ra­tory, di­ges­tive and uri­nary sys­tems.

The alarm­ing find­ings come from one of the largest stud­ies of its kind, pub­lished in Oc­cu­pa­tional & En­vi­ron­men­tal Medicine, and sur­vey­ing 30000 fire fighters across the coun­try.

“Wash smoke off as quickly as pos­si­ble,” ad­vises Rigel. Equip­ment like gloves and hel­mets should be cleaned dili­gently af­ter shifts, and ex­perts also strongly rec­om­mend stor­ing work ma­te­ri­als sep­a­rate from living quar­ters. Farm­ers and oil-re­fin­ery work­ers Those who toil the land for long hours are at risk for non-melanoma skin can­cer due to the UV ra­di­a­tion they come in con­tact with con­tin­u­ously, ac­cord­ing to Rigel.

Heavy sweat­ing may also con­trib­ute to skin dam­age, as per­spi­ra­tion in­creases a per­son’s pho­to­sen­si­tiv­ity — which leads to a higher risk for burns, ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Academy of Der­ma­tol­ogy.

“Oil re­fin­ery work­ers should wash down af­ter hours to get all the hy­dro­car­bons off skin, and farm­ers should wear hats and sun protective cloth­ing ev­ery day,” ad­vises Rigel, adding that both should be es­pe­cially mind­ful of wear­ing good daily sun­screen pro­tec­tion.

– Ya­hoo.

RE­SEARCH sug­gests of­fice work­ers have lower vi­ta­min D lev­els

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