Overexposure to the sun’s harmful rays may lead to sun damaged skin in some patients. The long term effects of sun damage may not be realized for many years, but too much sun exposure may speed up skin aging. Wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and other cosmetic blemishes may appear much earlier than they otherwise would. There are several possible symptoms of sun damage spanning from cosmetic blemishes to more serious conditions like skin cancer. Treatment for sun damaged skin depends on which symptoms are present.
What Causes Sun Damage?
The sun is often to blame for cosmetic flaws such as wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots and skin discolorations. Exposure to UVA rays from the sun leads to damage to the skin, which often results in sunburn shortly after. Long term effects may not be realized for years, but those suntans and sunburns may have very negative consequences later in life.
Many incorrectly assume that tanning beds are safer than natural sun exposure. Some studies show, however, that UVA rays from tanning beds may be two to three times more powerful than UVA rays occurring naturally from the sun.