Sun Damage

Most premature aging is caused by sun exposure, however repetitive facial expressions, gravity, sleeping positions, and smoking also play a role. “Photoaging” is the term dermatologists use to describe the type of aging caused by exposure to the sun’s rays. Freckles, age spots, spider veins, rough and leathery skin, fine wrinkles, and loose skin can all be seen in sun damaged skin. Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer, including melanoma. Sun protection is very important for all people, especially for those who have had a skin cancer. Anyone with sun damage or sun burns early in life should have regular skin examinations to screen for skin cancer. Sunscreen use can reduce the risk of skin cancer. There are a variety of aesthetic treatments for sun damaged skin.