Over time, exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light damages the top layer of your skin. The board-certified dermatologists at Redwood Empire Dermatology in Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, and Oakmont, California, use the most advanced technology to target brown spots, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, and reverse signs of sun damage. To learn more, call Redwood Empire Dermatology or schedule an appointment online today.
Sun damage, or photoaging, is a consequence of ultraviolet (UV) light exposure over time. As UV rays penetrate the deeper layers of your skin, they slow cell turnover and your production of collagen and elastin. These two proteins keep your skin buoyant and youthful. Frequent exposure can also cause dry skin, which accelerates the signs of aging.
When UV light reaches skin that doesn’t have protection from sunscreen, it can penetrate the epidermis and dermis. The epidermis is the skin’s outermost protective layer, while the dermis sits underneath. Because you can’t see your dermis, UV rays can damage this layer for several years before you begin to see the signs of damage.
There are two main types of UV light that can affect your skin:
UVA light penetrates all layers of your skin and can damage the collagen and elastin your body produces. Damage from UVA light will generally lead to skin aging: wrinkles, pigmentation abnormalities, broken blood vessels, volume loss.
UVB light primarily affects the surface of your skin. In addition to photoaging, UVB light can cause precancerous lesions, such as actinic keratosis.
Exposing your skin to the sun without sunscreen is the most common cause of sun damage. However, tanning outside or in tanning beds can accelerate the process. Though anybody can develop sun damage, fair-skinned adults are far more prone than those with darker skin tones.
The sun can affect your skin’s elasticity, pigment, and texture. Some of the most common types of sun damage include:
Your dermatologist can create the best sun damage treatment for you that may include laser therapy, intense-pulsed light (IPL) light therapy, Botox® and fillers, and medical-grade skin care.
Preventing sun damage is easier than treatment. You can preserve your skin health and prevent damage by:
To learn more about sun damage, call Redwood Empire Dermatology today or schedule an appointment online.
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