Shocking picture looks photo-shopped…but it’s NOT! Trucker’s Face Shows Damaging Effects Of Sun


After 28 years on the road veteran trucker Bill McElligott’s face shows the staggering effects of prolonged exposure to the sun.

While the right side of his face looks his age (69), the left side is wrinkled and sagging from years of sun damage through the window of his truck.

The patient reported that he had driven a delivery truck for 28 years.

Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays transmit through window glass, penetrating the epidermis and upper layers of dermis. Chronic UVA exposure can result in thickening of the epidermis and stratum corneum, as well as destruction of elastic fibers.

This photoaging effect of UVA is contrasted with photocarcinogenesis

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 Although exposure to ultraviolet B (UVB) rays is linked to a higher rate of photocarcinogenesis, UVA has also been shown to induce substantial DNA mutations and direct toxicity, leading to the formation of skin cancer.

The use of sun protection and  monitoring for skin cancer were recommended for the patient.

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About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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11 Responses to Shocking picture looks photo-shopped…but it’s NOT! Trucker’s Face Shows Damaging Effects Of Sun

  1. weelilwimsy says:

    I grew up in the desert (Las Vegas) and noticed the left side of my face had sun spots and more wrinkles as I got older. Really makes you more aware when you see a photo like this. Thanks for the post!

  2. Wow…I am floored and greatful that I live in the rainy Pacific Northwest. What an eye opener for sure. Thanks for sharing this important message.

  3. more people need to be made aware that this is ongoing silently, year after year! THANK-YOU for posting and explaining this!

  4. alangent says:

    Sounds like y ou are doing a good job, but if I tell you had we had so much rain last night, our road was flooded……
    Al (Manchester, UK)

  5. Nader Nazemi says:

    Great Blog.
    I am going to follow this blog. :)
    My Blog: http://www.nadernazemi.com
    Thank you

  6. I hope you’ll also mention that skin cancer can occur in places that rarely see the sun, like your lower back, for instance. I told my dermatologist about this and will pass on the link.

  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Looking around here, I think I will find lots of useful information. Risk of melanoma in Cowden’s Syndrome is up close to 9%. While I have always been very careful with my daughter, this will be a summer where I learn to be careful with me. Your timing is perfect.

  8. Thank you for your blog. We will be posting some photos soon of the sunshade donated by the American Academy of Dermatology for our new ‘Special Needs’ playground at the St. Louis Center. Keep up the good work.

  9. Red Toenails says:

    Get out! Girl, where is my sun lotion? Oh, and thanks for the like as well.

  10. Ben says:

    Really interesting post…

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