Information About Sun-damaged Skin

Learn more about Sun-damaged Skin and how Saguaro Dermatology can help you.

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What is Sun-damaged Skin?

Sun-related skin damage can manifest as sunburn, (which can be a first- or second-degree burn) or itchy rash from sunlight. Chronic sun damage and sunburns also increase your risk for skin cancer. Overexposure to the sun can also result in increased freckling or “age spots,” uneven and increased skin pigmentation, and the appearance of pigmented patches on the face (melasma). Chronic sun damage also can predispose you to actinic keratoses, which are scaly, rough, precancerous patches that appear on the face, nose, ears, lower arms, or hands. Many of the most common signs associated with skin aging are also significantly worsened by chronic sun exposure.

While judicious daily sun exposure is important for vitamin D levels, immune system function, and even improving your mood, the best treatment for sun-related skin damage is prevention; this includes reducing your sun exposure, especially between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM when the sun’s ultraviolet rays are most intense. Daily use of a high-sun protection factor (SPF) sunscreen (minimum 30) is also one of the best ways to protect the skin from UV radiation from the sun, and this should be done every day, not just in summer but year-round regardless of cloud cover. If you spend long hours in the sun, consider purchasing clothing with sun protection (look for the UPF label). For more advanced sun damage or signs of sun-related aging, our board-certified dermatologist may recommend treatments such as photodynamic therapy, topical solutions for removing patches, and products that can “bleach” brown spots.

Our team understands the challenges presented by our sunny Arizona lifestyle and is experienced in treating the harmful effects of the sun on skin of all types and ages. We are ready to address your current concerns about sun damage and to help you incorporate good sun-protection into your daily routine.

Protect yourself from Sun-damaged Skin

Sunprotection doesn’t start with sunscreen. It starts with planning your activities to avoid direct sun during the day’s most intense hours. Then make use of sunprotective clothing, hats, and sunglasses. Finally, use sunscreen to high-risk areas or exposed skin.

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