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Have sun damaged skin? 3 questions to ask your dermatology provider

Sun damaged skin occurs due to over-exposure to the sun without adequate protections from sunblock and clothing. A single sunburn can cause serious sun damage and increase risk factors for various skin conditions. Tanning is equally dangerous, as tans and freckles are evidence of sun damage.

If you have sun damage and want to improve the appearance of your skin, talk to your dermatology provider about removing damaged skin cells, skin lightening treatments, and lasers.

More important are the health risks associated with sun damaged skin, the most common being skin cancer. Your dermatology provider can assess skin damage, evaluating your personal medical history to determine risk for developing skin cancers and melanoma.

Prevention measures should also be discussed with your medical provider. Though you may think you are cautious in terms of protecting your skin against burns and other sun damage, evidence of existing damage can be an indicator of skin protection failure. Your dermatology provider can assist with best practices for your personal skin protection steps and best practices.


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One Response to “Have sun damaged skin? 3 questions to ask your dermatology provider”
  1. Zoe Campos says:

    Thank you for reminding me that just having a single sunburn can lead to a lot of skin complications. We’ll be visiting the beach next week and being the person who stays under the sun all day, your article made me realize that I should be careful about getting skin conditions like melanoma. I hope there are some treatments I can have after our vacation to prevent getting skin cancer.