Beaches, barbecues and baseball: summer is absolutely my favorite time of year, though it does come with a few drawbacks. The Texas heat is unrelenting, and getting more than a brief exposure to the sun often leaves me roughly the color of Elmo. I should know to be more diligent with the Coppertone, but, well, I’m not.
Perhaps you’re nursing a nasty burn as you read this. Take a look – do you ever wonder what exactly causes your skin to turn red and painful after sun exposure? Richard Gallo and his lab at the UC San Diego School of Medicine recently published their answer to that question in the journal Nature Medicine.