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Sun damage


Sun damage is the term used to describe the harmful effects of overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. This can result in a range of skin problems, including sunburn, premature aging, and an increased risk of skin cancer.


The primary cause of sun damage is prolonged exposure to UV radiation from the sun. This can happen during outdoor activities, such as sports or gardening, or even during brief periods of sun exposure, such as walking to and from a car or building. Sun damage can also occur from exposure to tanning beds or other artificial sources of UV radiation.


The most effective treatment for sun damage is prevention. This includes taking steps to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, such as wearing protective clothing, seeking shade during peak sun hours, and wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.

In terms of treatment for existing sun damage, options may include:

  • Topical treatments, such as retinoids or alpha-hydroxy acids, to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles caused by sun damage.
  • Chemical peels or microdermabrasion to remove dead skin cells and improve skin texture.
  • Laser therapy to target dark spots or hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage.
  • Cryotherapy to freeze and remove precancerous or cancerous skin cells.

Don’t let sun damage affect the health and appearance of your skin. Our team of experienced dermatologists can help you understand the extent of the damage and provide personalized treatment options to improve the overall health of your skin. Call us at 202-737-6800 to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards achieving a healthier, more youthful complexion. Remember to always protect your skin from harmful UV rays by wearing protective clothing and using sunscreen.C