Certain skin conditions, such as Atopic Dermatitis, can also make children’s skin more sensitive to the sun. You can find out more in Sensitive skin: why does it need daily sun protection?
Much of the visible sun damage that we see on our skin when we’re older, for example photoaging (premature skin aging caused by the sun) and issues of hyperpigmentation is a result of over exposure to the sun in our younger years. And, of course, over exposure to the sun can lead to skin diseases such as cancer. Studies indicate that sunburn during childhood can double a person’s risk of skin cancer1.
A sensible attitude to how much sun your child’s skin is exposed to, and the use of sun protections products that support and strengthen skin’s own defenses, will help you to keep their skin healthy.
- JID 2003, Jun 120(6):1087-1093