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So as of this week, summer is officially here. Naturally, with the sunshine and good times there usually comes an accompaniment of refreshing citrusy margaritas. This summer you’ll see margarita fans poolside, at the beach, at Mexican restaurants, and on my back deck. There aren’t really any bad places to enjoy a margarita besides an AA meeting. Margarita lovers beware though- according to news reports, some places may be safer than others…
I’m issuing an important PSA for anyone living the #MargLife this summer. There has been an epidemic of so called “Margarita Burns” in recent years.
Margarita drinkers have been the victims of blisters and burns because of “phytophotodermatitis,” also known as “Margarita Burn” or “Margarita Dermatitis.” Phytophotodermatitis occurs when Psoralen, a naturally occurring chemical found in all citrus fruit reacts with sunlight causing a chemical burn. Essentially, it cooks your skin like a ceviche, which ironically, would be great with a margarita and uses limes as well.
To explain it in scientific terms, check out this page from The US National Library of Medicine
Lime juice contains furocoumarin, a lipid-soluble 8-methoxypsoralen. After sunbathing (a potent source of UVA), the 8-methoxypsoralen covalently binds to keratinocyte DNA (forming cyclobutane dimers), producing irreversibly damaged DNA
Be safe, fam..
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