It feels great to soak up the sunshine. And a great tan looks amazing! But excessive sun exposure can have some significant consequences, including damage to the skin. Doctors refer to sun damage by several names, including photoaging, photodamage, or solar damage.
Excessive sun exposure is one of the biggest causes of damaged and aging skin. Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays break down the healthy structure of the skin, causing wrinkles, brown spots and poor skin tone.
Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays break down the healthy structure of the skin, causing wrinkles, brown spots and poor skin tone. When skin fibers break down, the skin loses its elasticity and tension, resulting in wrinkles. The flat brown and black spots that occur because of exposure to the sun are called age spots or sun spots. Freckles are a sign of sun damage, too!
Sun damage may also present in the way of increased visible vascularity in the skin, including general redness or visible small vessels, in addition to a rough skin texture or dull-looking skin.
It happens when ultraviolet (UV) light hits skin unprotected by sunscreen, causing DNA changes at a cellular level. Because photodamage happens in the deepest layers of the skin—the dermis—it can take years before the damage surfaces and becomes visible.
Signs of Sun Damaged Skin
- Pigmentation changes such as age spots, liver spots (solar lentigines) and freckles
- Loss of skin tone (decreased elasticity)
- Rough, uneven skin texture
- Broken capillaries (spider veins), usually around the nose and chest
- Redness and blotchiness
Sun Damaged Skin Treatment Options
NAWI Naples can address sun-damaged skin with some new, leading-edge technologies, including the following. Make a no-obligation appointment today to better understand your options.
Skin care treatments for Sun-Damaged Skin:
Secret RF Microneedling
Laser treatments for Sun-Damaged Skin:
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