Sun damage

What is sun damage ?

Sun damage is not part of the natural aging process associated with changes to the skin. What we call “sun damage” is the accumulated effect of exposure to the sun. While most of us cannot escape exposure to sunlight, nor should we completely, exposure to sunlight or photo-aging will affect us all. Over the course of years sun damage accumulates from the repeated exposure to UV rays. It may not be seen in the very young but it is there.

Examination of your skin with UV photography – which is not harmful, shows the accumulated effects of sun damage in all ages and its exact location on your face. While the tan from sunning does go away, the sun damage that lies under the skin does not. There is evidence that there is no such thing as a safe tan.

Photo aging reduces the amount of collagen in the skin and interferes with the production of new collagen. It is also associated with a reduction in the amount of moisture – retaining proteins resulting in the skin losing its turgor. Elastin fibres are affected and no longer are evenly spread throughout the skin but they can accumulate in clumps creating a pebbled uneven texture to the skin.

After years of chronic sun-exposure you may develop brown spots, redness, enlarged pores, wrinkles and lines.

As we age the skin becomes thinner and less elastic and the amount of collagen decreases. The result being that the previously hidden changes from over exposure to the sun now become apparent.

What treatments are available for sun damage?

The Rosenthal Clinic offers numerous ways to effectively treat sun damage. The best course of action can only really be established with at your free personal consultation to determine any relevant medical factors and timescales that may affect choice of treatment.