What it is:
Excessive exposure to the sun can make a person look older than he or she really is. Sun damage affects everyone. Premature wrinkles and skin damage from the sun is called photoaging. Unlike natural aging, photoaging results in coarse, dry skin; freckling and skin discoloration; enlarged pores, leathery skin; deep wrinkles and age spots. Sun damage can also result in skin cancers. Acute sun damage results in sunburn. Chronic sun damage occurs gradually a a result of long-term, unprotected exposure to harmful UV rays.
Sunburns and tanning are of special concern for children and teenagers. An estimated 2.3 million teenagers tan indoors each year. Minors under age 18 who use tanning beds increase their risk of skin cancer by 59 percent.
River Ridge Dermatology provides treatments that protect, repair, and rejuvenate your sun-damaged skin.