Skin damage after sun exposure

Study summary

Skin damage happens because of our exposure to sunshine over many years. Researchers have found that proteins in our skin are damaged when skin is exposed to sunlight. They want to know how much damage happens to skin following a typical summer beach holiday and how quickly the skin recovers after returning home.

Who can take part?

Men and women who are 18-45 years old  from Greater Manchester

What will the research involve?

If you decide to take part, you will be asked to visit the clinic ten times over a period of four months. There will be three visits before your holiday and seven more after you return.

At each of the three visits before your holiday, you will be given a small device  to measure the amount of sunlight that you are exposed to and get information about how to protect yourself from sun damage whilst you are on holiday. You may also be given a sunscreen product and a simple sun exposure diary to complete while you are away. You will be asked to come back to clinic for your fourth visit on the day after you return to the UK.

Five visits (one before your holiday and four after) will involve skin assessments and the following samples being taken: a small blood sample, a skin swab and two small skin biopsies. The final assessment and sampling will be three months after you return from holiday.

Where will the research take place?

Dermatopharmacology Unit, Salford Royal

Posted on 1st June 2017 by Jess Zadik

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Study References

Ethics approved references for this study are listed below

  • University of Manchester’s Research Ethics Committee 1 Ref: 16302