What is sun damaged skin?
Sun damaged skin describes premature aging of the skin and skin cancer, due to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. There are two types of UV rays that cause sun damaged skin: UVA and UVB. UVA are longer-wave rays that activate the skin in an unhealthy way and will give you a tan. These rays are not responsible for sunburns. They penetrate the skin deeper than UVB rays and trigger premature aging and skin cancer. UVB, on the other hand, are shorter-wave rays that are responsible for sunburns, but they can also accelerate early signs of aging. UVB rays are considered the most common cause of skin cancers.
What are the consequences of sun damage?
Sun damage hurts the skin’s ability to maintain essential components, such as antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, vitamins, ceramides, and important fatty acids. All of these components keep our skin looking youthful and healthy. In addition to potentially life-threatening skin cancer, the long-term consequences of unprotected sun exposure include wrinkles and fine lines, brown spots and dull, congested skin. UVA sun damage can be sneaky; often, you won’t feel any pain or discomfort from it, but your skin is being damaged nonetheless. As time passes, skin abnormalities can become more pronounced, and you run the risk of skin cancer.
How can I protect myself from sun damage?
The best way to protect yourself from sun damaged skin is prevention. We recommend wearing sunscreen that is rated as SPF 30 or higher, regardless of the weather. If you are going to be outside for long periods and run the possibility of sweating, you will need to reapply sunscreen regularly to ensure optimal protection. Your lips can also sustain damage from the sun. Lip balm with SPF should be applied periodically since eating and drinking can cause it to fade.
Many medical offices do not have the capability to treat sun damaged skin, but at Dermatology & Skin Health, we provide multiple options for the treatment of prematurely aging skin.
These treatments include:
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If you suffer from sun damage or feel you may have sun damaged skin, schedule a consultation at Dermatology & Skin Health. We have three locations within the Seacoast Region of New Hampshire and the North Shore of Massachusetts. Please fill out the request form on our site or give us a call at (603) 742-5556 (Dover & Newington) or (978) 525-0100 (Peabody). Get skin advice and treatments from expert dermatologists today!