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Driving A Delivery Truck Can Give You The Wrinkles

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After looking at this picture, I’m starting to feel bad for anybody that ‘fake bakes.’  Normally this wouldn’t be believable except we all know the sun can do some real damage to skin if you stay out too long.  I guess this concept applies to truck drivers as well after 25 years in the field.They have a lot of skin cream out now a days that claim they can take years off your skin, if this is true….we might want to buy him a case.  So the next time any of you think about going to the tanning salon, you MIGHT want to take a look at this picture again!

A 69-year-old man presented with a 25-year history of gradual, asymptomatic thickening and wrinkling of the skin on the left side of his face. The physical examination showed hyperkeratosis with accentuated ridging, multiple open comedones, and areas of nodular elastosis. Histopathological analysis showed an accumulation of elastolytic material in the dermis and the formation of milia within the vellus hair follicles. Findings were consistent with the Favre–Racouchot syndrome of photodamaged skin, known as dermatoheliosis. The patient reported that he had driven a delivery truck for 28 years. Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays transmit through window glass, penetrating the epidermis and upper layers of dermis. Chronic UVA exposure can result in thickening of the epidermis and stratum corneum, as well as destruction of elastic fibers. This photoaging effect of UVA is contrasted with photocarcinogenesis. Although exposure to ultraviolet B (UVB) rays is linked to a higher rate of photocarcinogenesis, UVA has also been shown to induce substantial DNA mutations and direct toxicity, leading to the formation of skin cancer. The use of sun protection and topical retinoids and periodic monitoring for skin cancer were recommended for the patient.” Via nejm.org

 

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