Photoaging (dermatoheliosis) can be a consequence of repeated exposure to the sun. We know sun is an important aspect of our lives it affects our mood and well-being while also assisting in the production of Vitamin D. However, as with everything else in life, moderation is essential. Although the sun plays an important role in life, it also releases UV radiation, which causes free radicals to form (unstable molecules). These degrade proteins in the skin, resulting in long-term consequences lurking within the skin, even if you don’t experience a burn. The sun prematurely ages the skin. Called photoaging, this can lead to skin cancer.
The sun and its ultraviolet rays are estimated to account for close to 90% of our skin aging, wrinkles, laxity, loose skin and pigment changes.
The early appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation – in other words, the symptoms of ageing – can be seen as a result of photoaging on the skin.
Photoaging’s presence varies from person to person, but it can include:
The face, neck, and decolletage are common places that are exposed to the sun on a daily basis. Sun damage can also lead to cancer, such as actinic keratosis or melanoma, in more severe cases.
Anyone who has been exposed to UV rays on a daily basis is at risk of experiencing photoaging symptoms. This will happen more quickly if you have fair skin and burn easily. Though we often associate ageing with mature skin, people as young as their 20s can notice signs of photoaging.
It is important to cultivate sun protection habits as early as possible to help prevent both cancer and premature ageing. If it’s summer or not, your skin should be covered from the sun’s rays every day. UVA radiation is nonstop, and as it penetrates the dermis, it kills collagen and elastin on a daily basis.
Look for a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. (For example, try ‘SkinCeuticals’ Physical Fusion UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50 not only provides broad-spectrum sun protection from both burning and aging sun rays, but it also offers a universal tint that enhances your skin tone and boosts radiance.)
Water-resistant formulas are encouraged. Reapply every two hours or sooner if swimming or exercising.
Anti-wrinkle injections, laser chemical peels, and microdermabrasion are currently some of the available treatments for photo-aging. You’re more likely to grow new moles and skin cancer if you’re seeing signs of photo-aging as a result of UV exposure. It’s important to keep an eye on your skin for any changes, and to contact your Dermatologist if you have any concerns or see anything odd.
There are currently four known ways to do it including:
Micro-needling (does not fix pigmentation and doesn’t destroy Actinic Keratosis)
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Dusan Sajic, MD, PhD
Richard Backstein, MD
Sonja Sajic, CCPA
With more than 20 years of experience, deRMA Skin Institute strive to offer patients the most advanced treatments available to keep their skin healthy and looking its best. Board Certified Dermatologist, Dusan Sajic, MD, PhD, board-certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Richard Backstein, MD, FRCSC, and Sonja Sajic, CCPA are committed to providing state-of-the-art medical, surgical and cosmetic treatments to all patients in Guelp, Burlington, Cambridge, Kitchener, Hamilton, Milton, and surrounding areas.
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