How to identify sun damage

There are two primary factors that can contribute to the early signs of aging, including poor skin texture and sun damage. Over time as we age, our skin will reflect the exposure and cumulative effects of years of sun exposure. When sun damage occurs, it is displayed through age spots, liver spots, freckle, melasma, or even hyperpigmentation. Additionally, excessive sun exposure and damage can significantly increase the risk of developing skin cancer while showing signs of premature aging, including skin laxity and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. To combat these concerns, the team at Florida Academic Dermatology Center in Coral Gables, FL encourages patients to educate themselves on how to identify sun damage and reduce sun exposure from today onward!

What are signs of sun damage on the skin?

There are various concerns that may form on the skin that will indicate that sun damage, or photodamage, has occurred. This may include:

  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Freckles
  • Dark age/sun spots
  • Melasma
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Actinic keratoses
  • Changing moles
  • Skin cancer

What are common treatment options for sun damaged skin?

In addition to addressing the health of the skin, treatments for sun damaged skin can also improve the appearance of the skin, evening out the skin tone and texture. Dr. Francisco Kerdel and his team at Florida Academic Dermatology Center encourage patients to learn about the following treatment options that may help, including:

  • Chemical peels
  • Light/laser therapies
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Microneedling

How can I protect my skin from future sun damage?

It is highly recommended that patients follow strict adherence to the application of a high SPF sunblock every day, reapplying as needed and avoiding spending time outdoors during the hours at which the sun’s rays are at its strongest, between 10am and 4pm. Your dermatologist can also educate you on ways to ensure future damage to the skin does not occur.

Discuss sun protection with the team at Florida Academic Dermatology Center

Patients in and around the Coral Gables, Florida community and beyond considering the advantages of skin protection are encouraged to educate themselves with our team of professionals to avoid sun damaged skin. Dr. Francisco Kerdel and his associates work with patients to help them care for their skin to improve skin health and reduce the risk of skin cancer. Call (305) 324-2110 to request a consultation visit with our team at 475 Biltmore Way, Suite 207.

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