Sun damaged skin occurs due to over-exposure to the sun without adequate protections from sunblock and clothing. A single sunburn can cause serious sun damage and increase risk factors for various skin conditions. Tanning is equally dangerous, as tans and freckles are evidence of sun damage.
If you have sun damage and want to improve the appearance of your skin, talk to your facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist about removing damaged skin cells, skin lightening treatments, and lasers.
More important are the health risks associated with sun damaged skin, the most common being skin cancer. If you have unusual skin lesions that don’t heal, pigmented spots that are rapidly growing, changing in shape, size or color please see a dermatologist to assess skin damage, evaluating your personal medical history to determine risk for developing skin cancers and melanoma. If you don’t know a good dermatologist, call Dr. Pearlman, we can suggest some very astute dermatologists who can help make sure you don’t have skin cancer.
Prevention measures should also be discussed with your skin care specialist. Though you may think you are cautious in terms of protecting your skin against burns and other sun damage, evidence of existing damage can be an indicator of skin protection failure. We can assist with best practices for your personal skin protection steps and best practices.
Remember, the sun is out there every day with it’s damaging rays, not just on weekends, at the beach, on the tennis court or golf course.
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