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Viral video reveals human skin through ultraviolet lens

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago only has a few months of warm and sunny weather each year, and spending time outdoors can feel good after a long winter.

However, do you really know what the sun does to your skin? You've heard about the dangers of sun exposure, but seeing can mean believing.

If beauty is only skin deep, then get ready for a shocking beast just below the surface.

We all have sun damage, but a quick before and after of skin in an ultraviolet camera can be revealing. Freckles and brown spots can lead to wrinkles, skin cancer and melanoma.

Dermatologists at RUSH Medical Center have used UV cameras for years to reveal sun damage. They said the viral video makes people pay attention.

"...the message is getting across to individuals that even though on the surface you don't have any sun damage, there's something more that you can see when you use a UV light,” said Dermatologist Doctor Sheetal Mehta of RUSH Medical Center.

Doctors said that UVB and UVA rays are equally dangerous outside, but UVA rays can also pass through glass and effect you inside a car or at work. If you need to be outdoors, they said to be “sun smart.”

"We tell patients [to use] SPF 30 with broad spectrum coverage, so UVA and UVB protection," Dr. Mehta said. "Wear a rash guard in the pool, that will protect you; wearing hats; wide brim hats when you're outside; sitting in the shade rather than directly by the pool without any coverage.”

And according to the FDA, water proof and sweat proof labels are misleading and still need to be re-applied frequently.

"...if you're going to be outside, use sunscreen that has zinc or titanium, a physical blocker; and re-applying that sunscreen every two hours,” Dr. Mehta added.

Doctors stress that a monthly self-examination is a must because freckles, sunspots, wrinkles and leathery feel are the least of your worries. By the time you see the suns effects in a UV camera, the damage is already done.

Some skin examination tips are:

Look at your skin at least once a month, either alone or with a significant other.

Look for something that's bleeding or something that wasn't there before and is there now. Or something that's changing or something that is different by itself and nothing else is like it.

If you think any of the above is present then you should see a dermatologist.

The video on YouTube is called 'How the sun sees you.'

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