Sun Damage Treatments from U.S. Dermatology Partners

What Is Sun Damage?

The sun can age and burn your skin, and it can also cause damage on the cellular level, leading to skin cancer. The good news is, the U.S. Dermatology Partners team can help you formulate a plan to prevent sun damage and repair the effects of the sun’s UV rays so that you can go out and enjoy a sunny day. Learn more on this page or contact U.S. Dermatology Partners to schedule an appointment with us.

What Is Sun Damage?

Sun damage occurs when the skin is exposed to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of sunlight. Over time, repeated or extended exposure to the sun creates cumulative damage to the skin, so it’s important for everyone to take steps to protect their skin from the sun’s damaging rays at all ages.

Some of the ways that sun exposure damages skin include:

Who Is at Risk for Sun Damage?

Anyone can be affected by sun damage, but certain factors may dramatically increase your risk for sun damage, including:

Sun Damage Symptoms

Symptoms of sun damage can occur at various stages and at different levels of severity for each individual.

Symptoms of sun damage can include:

The long term effects of sun damage include premature aging of the skin, such as the formation of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Additionally, you may notice evolving spots or moles on the skin and other signs of skin cancer caused by sun damage.

Sun Damage Treatments

If your skin has been damaged by the sun, the physicians at U.S. Dermatology Partners can evaluate which treatments will best help your skin’s recovery. The type of treatment for sun damage will depend upon the form of sun damage.

Specifically, we may recommend the following treatments for specific types of sun damage:

Sun Damage Prevention

Preventing sun damage isn’t always possible, but there are certain steps you can take to limit UVA/B exposure and reduce your risk for skin cancer and other serious long term effects, including:

Limiting the Impact of Sun Damage with Self-Exams & Annual Professional Exams

One of the easiest ways to prevent unnecessary harm from sun damage is to receive an early diagnosis for any potentially dangerous skin conditions that may arise from it. Our dermatologists recommend that individuals who are at a higher skin cancer risk – those who have a personal or family history of skin cancer, those with fair skin and/or existing moles and freckles, and those who spend a lot of time outdoors or around potentially dangerous chemicals – perform a self-exam on their skin every month. During your annual skin exam with your dermatologist, you can discuss tips for performing these self-evaluations at home.

Additionally, we provide a skin cancer self-assessment chart from the American Academy of Dermatology that allows people to track any new or changing spots or irregularities on their skin.

Some tips to keep in mind during your skin health self-assessment include:

*Results may vary by individual

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