While sun exposure can be a positive thing, providing your body with necessary Vitamin D, too much sun exposure can damage the skin and cause sun damage. Sun Damage can make us appear older more quickly. Ultraviolet (UV) rays are responsible for the aging effects of sun exposure. UVA rays are better known for causing skin cancer and early signs of aging. UVB rays affect the surface, causing conditions such as sunburn.
Sun damage can appear as a change in texture, causing thick skin or wrinkles. Also, sun damage or photo damage can often appear as brown spots on the skin’s surface. There are medications which increase sensitivity to sunlight and increase your likelihood of sun damage. Also those who live in tropical climates or have active outdoor lifestyles are more prone to sun damage. It is suggested that to prevent further hyperpigmentation, you should be careful about overexposure to the sun. Consider using an SPF 20 or higher. If you have fair skin and light blonde or red hair, you make also want to particularly take extra precautions to protect your skin.
Because every individual case is specific a consultation is strongly recommended. Some sun damage has more serious complications around it and should not be treated for cosmetic purposes. Provided that you are a healthy man or woman, laser therapy at the office of Steven H. Dayan, MD can address this hyperpigmentation.
Last Updated on September 16, 2016 by Dr Dayan