Dark Skin Does Sunburn (My Trip to Cancun)Tuesday, June 02, 2015
I spent four days in Cancun over this past weekend. All went well; I had a great time, drank a lot, ate a little, relaxed a bit, partied some and took a lot of pictures. Unfortunately, the love affair I have had with the sun for the past 30 years has finally come to an end. An unhappy end that resulted in sun poisoning and sunburn.
I have never worn sunscreen. I was (foolishly) under the impression I didn't really need to. I've gone this long without sunburn, so I figured I must be naturally well protected. Wrong. So, so wrong. What started (and finished) out as a really great time, has turned into a huge and scary annoyance. The really strange part is that I didn't feel any signs of the sun poisoning (click the link to find out what exactly it is) or the sunburn I got as a result, until I left Mexico. I was on the plane when I started itching and feeling welts on my neck. It wasn't until this morning that I saw my forehead, and felt the rough (leathery?) skin the sun damage created on it.
This is all new to me, so forgive me if I sound overly dramatic! So here are a few of some of my favorite photos from Cancun, and the result of that fun after (taken with iPhone 5S and 6):
|Day 2- I got the tan lines seen below from this |
bikini which leads me to believe this is
when it happened/started
|Day 4- Obviously much darker, and still oblivious|
|Day 4- Still no signs or irritation|
When I woke up this morning, I knew something was wrong. My forehead was very dark and leather-feeling to the touch in that one spot near my hairline. You may be able to see the bumps there in the photos below; that's where it felt rough. After work today, my shoulders started itching again. By the time I got home, I had either hives or the itchies pretty much everywhere I had a tan: my shoulders, upper back, and even my chest. This, my friends, is sun poisoning.
The Mayo Clinic on sun poisoning
WebMD on sun poisoning
eMedicine Health on sun poisoning
|Today- Sun poisoning :(|
|Today- Sunburn! You can see the color |
difference on my hairline.
|Different angle of the sunburn/hairline|