Sun Damage

Sun damage describes premature aging of the skin and skin cancer, due to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays.

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What is sun damage?

Sun damage describes premature aging of the skin and skin cancer, due to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. There are two types of UV rays that cause sun damaged skin: UVA and UVB. UVA are longer-wave rays that activate the skin in an unhealthy way and will give you a tan. These rays are not responsible for sunburns. They penetrate the skin deeper than UVB rays and trigger premature aging and skin cancer. UVB, on the other hand, are shorter-wave rays that are responsible for sunburns, but they can also accelerate early signs of aging. UVB rays are considered the most common cause of skin cancers.

The consequences of sun damage

Sun damage hurts the skin’s ability to maintain essential components, such as antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, vitamins, ceramides and important fatty acids. All of these components normally keep our skin looking youthful and healthy. In addition to potentially life-threatening skin cancer, the long-term consequences of unprotected sun exposure includes wrinkles and fine lines, brown spots and dull, congested skin. UVA sun damage can be sneaky; often you won’t feel any pain or discomfort from it, but your skin is being damaged nonetheless. As time passes, skin abnormalities can become more pronounced and you run the risk of skin cancer.

How to protect yourself

The best way to protect yourself from sun damaged skin is prevention. We recommend wearing sunscreen that is rated as SPF 30 or higher, regardless of the weather. If you are going to be outside for long periods of time and run the possibility of sweating, you will need to reapply sunscreen regularly to ensure optimal protection. Your lips can also sustain damage from the sun. Lip balm with SPF should be applied regularly since eating and drinking can cause it to fade.

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From our clinic in Bend, Oregon, we provide LED therapy, laser skin resurfacing and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments to treat wrinkles and fine lines, brown spots and other signs of sun damage. To learn more about these treatments, please click through our site. If you’d like to request a consultation with Dr. Pamela Mondorf, give Refine Medical a call at (541) 330-6292 or fill out the form on our site.

*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.

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