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.
Men and women who are 18-45 years old from Greater Manchester
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.
Dermatopharmacology Unit, Salford Royal
Ethics approved references for this study are listed below