UVSIS Applications

See Sun Damage on Skin and Visualize Sunscreen Being Applied 

One of the ways that sun damage on skin manifests itself is as dark patches of excess melanin produced in response to UV exposure. This excess melanin is much easier to visualize in the UV than in the visible band.   You can also see sunscreen with a UV imaging system: it looks like black paint!

6 Year Old Face Vis-UV_resize

This is a 6 year old girl with some sun-induced hyperpigmentation, and some natural freckling.

This dual-wavelength movie shows the application of 45 SPF sunblock. Estheticians and dermatologists can use USIS as a means to train patients to properly apply sunblock, since any missed spots can be easily seen.


Facial skin with mild sun damage.  Left-Visible, Right-UV

Four Sunblocks Vis-UV_resize

These are samples of sunblocks with various degrees of sun protection factor: SFP 45, SPF 25, SPF 36 and SPF 18, respectively. The three sunblocks on the left contain UV absorbers such as avobenzone, and the one on the right contains titanium dioxide, a UV reflector.

Baby 15 Months Vis-UV_resize

This baby was 11 months old at the time these pictures were taken. She had had very minimal exposure to the sun, and always with sunblock, thus there is no evidence of sun-induced hyperpigmentation. The mark on her cheek is a scratch.