Exposure to the sun does provide you with a glowing tan, but this is actually a sign that your skin is being damaged.
Your skin tans to protect itself from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Tanning indicates that your skin is producing more melanin, a compound that reduces the ability of UV radiation to penetrate your cells.
The sun’s UV rays damage the RNA and DNA of deeper cells. When your DNA is damaged, it can lead to skin cancer.
UV radiation from tanning or burning can also damage your skin's collagen and elastic tissue, causing your skin to age prematurely and develop more lines and wrinkles. You may also develop clumps of melanin that persist as age or sun spots and freckles.
When should I be concerned about skin cancer?
Skin cancer can affect anyone. Most forms, including basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, can be cured with early intervention. Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, is most deadly and may require advanced treatments.
Frequent prolonged sun exposure or exposure to UV rays in tanning beds are the primary causes of skin cancer.
If you notice suspicious growths, rashes, or changes in moles, contact Associated Dermatologists for an evaluation right away. Early detection and treatment are key in preventing the spread of skin cancer and serious complications.
How can I reverse sun damage that ages my skin prematurely?
Associated Dermatologists offers advanced cosmetic products to help you prevent and reduce the signs of aging. Retinols, antioxidants, and growth factors to stimulate collagen are among these treatments.
Hyaluronic acid gels may be used to fill in fine lines and smooth your skin. These injectable dermal filler restore the hyaluronic acid levels that are plentiful in your youth. As you age and subject yourself to the sun, your production of hyaluronic acid slows.
A dermal filler may last about six months, after which repeat treatment helps you maintain your look. The gel may be applied to your lips, cheeks, jowls, and other areas of your face that have sagging, aged skin.
If you have a suspicious skin spot that you are worried may be skin cancer or precancerous, or want to learn how you can reverse sun-induced signs of aging, make an appointment at Associated Dermatologists by phone or online today.