Sun Damage

In most areas around the world, people have ample opportunity, and reason, to spend time enjoying the sunlight. We’ve reached a point, however, where we have adopted the mindset that tanned skin enhances our appearance, making us the picture of health and vitality. In reality, the ultraviolet rays that come from the sun, as well as tanning beds, does nothing to promote the health of the skin. In fact, it is the fastest way to damage this large organ, leading to hyperpigmentation, rough, leathery texture, and lines and wrinkles, not to mention the increased risk of skin cancer.

Spending a little time in the sunshine is good for the mind, body, and soul. Under UV rays, melanin production is slightly increased, and the skin darkens. Too much exposure to these rays, however, and an excess of melanin is produced, leading to the dramatic downfall of truly healthy skin.

As we go through life and continue to expose the skin to ultraviolet light, DNA changes occur and our cells are more likely to grow abnormally. Our over-stimulated melanocytes may begin to produce too much melanin, leading to brown spots and splotchy skin. Sometimes white spots will appear along with brown spots as melanocytes switch off. We like to call spots that appear on the skin “age spots,” but they are really a sign of sun damage.

Sun damage is something that we must take seriously if we want to enjoy healthy, beautiful skin. Every instance in which UV rays come into contact with the skin, through the car window and even through clouds, the skin is being damaged. Something as mild as a tan, as moderate as a sunburn, or as serious as skin cancer can be attributed to sun damage. To avoid the increased risk of early aging, fine lines and wrinkles, and skin cancer, appropriate sun protection needs to be the first order of business each and every day.

Your dermatologist at Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery will consult with you regarding sun damage, discussing how to avoid future damage, and how to repair the damage that has already occurred to the skin. We offer a variety of skin-enhancing solutions that range from topical treatments and high quality, medical grade sun care products to advanced forms of restorative treatment like customized chemical peels and IPL photofacials.

Although our skin cells are constantly renewing, the damage builds up and affects our skin for a lifetime. Contact us in Plano, McKinney, or Flower Mound to schedule your skin evaluation.

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Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery is committed to helping patients achieve healthy and beautiful skin. Our dedicated team is comprised of Dr. Bryan Selkin MD, FAAD, Board Certified in Dermatology; Gilbert Selkin, MD, DMD, Board Certified Maxillofacial Surgeon; John “Jay” Wofford MD, FAAD, Board Certified Dermatologist & Dermatopathologist; M. David Meyer MD, FAAD, Board Certified Dermatologist; Janet Y. Li MD, FAAD Board Certified Dermatologist & Fellowship Trained Mohs Surgeon, Sam Awan, MD, FAAD, Board Certified Dermatologist; Trisha J. Patel MD, FAAD Board Certified Dermatologist; Howard Steinman MD, FAAD - Board Certified Dermatologist, Mohs Surgeon; Nicholas R. Snavely MD, FAAD - Board Certified Dermatologist Fellowship-Trained Mohs Surgeon, an expert in the prevention, detection and treatment of skin cancer, as well as advanced reconstruction; and Caitlin Farmer, MD – Board Eligible Dermatologist