What is Photoaging?

Photoaging Skin Damage | Spectrum Dermatology Phoenix, Arizona

What is Photoaging?

Over time skin ages and loses its youthful appearance. Wrinkles appear around the eyes, fine lines bloom around the lips and on the hands age spots surface.

What is Photoaging

Photoaging refers to the damage that is done to the skin from prolonged exposure over a person’s lifetime to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Many of the same changes in the skin that occur as we get older are greatly accelerated by sun exposure. Those who have fair skin, have difficulty tanning and burn easily are at greater risk for photoaging. Many of these factors are unavoidable and just a part of growing older, many “visible” signs of aging are caused by the sun and can be avoided!

Changes in Our Skin

  • Fine or deep wrinkles to the breaking down of elastic tissue
  • Irregular pigmentation
  • Rough skin texture
  • Broken capillaries
  • Areas of Actinic Keratosis which are small, red, rough, sometimes scaly spots on the skin that have been chronically exposed to the sun. Treating these areas quickly is important since they are precancerous.


How Photoaging Works

UV Radiation causes damage to our skin. When UV Rays hit the skin, cells in the skin scramble to produce melanin. It is this process that give you a tan. So what we often try to achieve by getting a tan, is really just the skin attempting to block the radiation from penetrating your skin.

One of the most effective ways to prevent from looking older is to protect your skin from the sun’s harsh UV Rays by wearing sunscreen daily. Here are a few additional tips to help prevent and repair damage to skin and stop photoaging.

  • Wear a sunscreen daily
  • Limit sun exposure between the hours of 10am and 4pm when UV radiation is at its peak
  • Apply 1 oz of sunscreen (approximately the amount in a shot glass) to all exposed areas
  • Wear tightly woven fabrics
  • Reapply sunscreen often after swimming or sweating
  • Topical retinoids are Vitamin A derivatives that can improve the look of sun damaged and aged skin
  • Glycolic Acid and Alpha Hydroxy Acid products increase the cell turnover and exfoliation
  • Topical retinoids are Vitamin A derivatives that can improve the look of sun damaged and aged skin


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