Sun Damage

Sun damage refers to the visible changes in the skin caused by chronic exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. These changes can range from premature aging (wrinkles, fine lines) to hyperpigmentation (dark spots) and even skin cancer.

Causes: Overexposure to UV rays from sunlight or tanning beds is the primary cause. Factors like skin type (lighter skin tones are more susceptible) and medications that increase sun sensitivity can also play a role.

Treatments: Prevention is key. Daily use of sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and broad-spectrum protection is crucial. Existing sun damage can be addressed to some extent with topical retinoids, antioxidants (like vitamin C), chemical peels, and laser treatments. Consulting a dermatologist for diagnosis and the most suitable treatment approach is recommended.

Disclaimer: While treatments can improve the appearance of sun damage, complete reversal might not be possible. Consistent sun protection is vital to prevent further damage.