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Recommended Articles on Photo Damage and Sun Protection

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Although sunshine is essential for one’s health and well being, it is also very harmful for the skin. Cumulative sun exposure throughout our lives is thought to be the effect of multiple short periods of exposure outside. As ozone depletion continues, this will likely increase our lifetime exposure proportionately. As most of us enjoy time spent outdoors, we need to take measures to ensure that we our protecting our skin adequately.
Sun damage, also known as photo damage, can be acute or chronic. An example of acute damage would be sunburns. Chronic photo damage refers to the accumulated damage seen in the skin, in the form of cosmetic changes. The change called photo aging can cause wrinkling and premature aging, and later may become a medical concern, if cancerous lesions begin to form in the skin. The evidence suggests that ultraviolet light is responsible for most changes that we associate with aging skin.

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The Effects of Sun Damage

As time goes on, we start to notice brown spots and freckles -- souvenirs of Florida -- on the backs of our hands and on other sun exposed areas like the upper chest and face. At first, these brown spots are small and light colored, but eventually they become a cosmetic problem...

Preventing and Treating Lines and Wrinkles

As a part of the aging process, our facial skin begins to droop, forming lines, furrows, and wrinkles. Simple physics plays a large role, with extended usage of muscles and gravity playing a large role in natural aging, creating folds in the skin over time. Common muscle movements or patterns such as sleeping on one side consistently over the years can have an effect. Additionally, overexposure to the sun or smoking can accelerate this process due to skin damage.

Treating Melasma

Melasma is a common increase of pigmentation that occurs exclusively in sun-exposed areas, in particular on the face and affects women between the ages of 20 and 40.

Treating Skin Tags and Seborrheic Keratoses

Skin tags can be found on any part of the body, but are most common on the eyelids and neck, and in the armpits and groin, and under the breasts.

Skin Cancer Self-Examination

Freckles, moles, and birthmarks are common, and almost all people have some of these features in varying degrees. Changes in the shape, color, size, or the outer edges can be warning signs of skin cancer.

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