What Is Sun Damage?

Sun damage refers to any area of skin whose appearance is altered by excessive sun exposure. Sun damage to the skin has varied effects, ranging from sunburn to skin cancer. Sun damage accumulates over time, which is why older people are more likely to develop skin cancer.

What are the symptoms?

Sun damage symptoms range from a sunburn to skin cancer. When the skin is damaged due to overexposure to the sun and  a sunburn results, the symptoms are red, inflamed skin that is highly sensitive to the touch. At the other extreme of sun damage is skin cancer, which may show up as sores or wounds that do not heal, moles that change color, and more.

Who gets sun damage?

People age 50 and older are more likely to be affected by sun damage, as are people whose work or lifestyle exposes them to the sun on a regular basis.

What are the treatment options?

Treatment options for sun-damaged skin vary greatly according to the type of damage and its location. Treatment for a simple sunburn, for example, may include wearing loose-fitting clothing or the use of a numbing agent.

Treatments for more serious cases of sun damage include topical creams or ointments, or even Mohs micrographic surgery for skin cancer.

For more information on sun damage, or to make an appointment, call Forefront Dermatology at (855) 535-7175. For the location near you, click here.