Why people sunburn

July 9, 2012 11:47:42 AM PDT
Soaking up those rays can often lead to sunburn.

Now, researchers have discovered why the body gets a burn.

When a cell is damaged by UV light, it provokes a process where healthy cells remove the sun-damaged ones, causing inflammation.

Repeated UV exposure causes the process to break down and can lead to skin cancer.

Knowing how skin burns may lead to finding ways to block this inflammatory process, and to better treatments for conditions that benefit from UV light treatment, like psoriasis.

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