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Sun Damage

Sun exposure causes the skin to change and age prematurely.

Over time, radiation from the sun’s ultraviolet light damages the fibers in the skin called elastin. When these fibers break down, the skin can sag, stretch, and lose its ability to spring back into place after stretching. Sun damaged skin can also bruise, tear more easily and take longer to heal.

Damage Caused By Overexposure To The Sun:

  • Pre-cancerous (actinic keratosis) – due to decreases in the skin’s immune function and radiation-induced changes to the DNA
  • Benign tumors
  • Fine and coarse wrinkles
  • Freckles
  • Discolored areas of the skin (brown spots)
  • A yellow discoloration of the skin
  • A dilation of small blood vessels under the skin (Telangiectasias)
  • Destruction of the elastic and collagen tissue (Elastosis, causing lines, wrinkles and sagging skin)
  • Skin cancer – basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. (please click here to read more)
Prevention Tips
  • Wear broad spectrum sunscreens with a minimum of SPF 30
  • Avoid exposure to midday sun, especially between 10am-2pm
  • Wear protective clothing including a wide brimmed hat
  • Wear UV protective sunglasses to protect the eyes
  • Avoid tanning and tanning booths
  • Examine your skin monthly
  • See your dermatologist for regular skin checks

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