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Sun damage on your face is premature skin aging from repeated exposure to ultraviolet (UV) sun rays. Normal aging that occurs inevitably with time can be difficult to distinguish from aging skin related to sun damage. Both fine and coarse wrinkles, age spots (red and brown), hyperpigmentation, rough skin texture, and loss of elasticity are the hallmarks of sun damage. Certain skin types are particularly prone to these cosmetic changes, known as ‘photoaging’.
What causes sun damage on the face?
Touch a child’s skin and it bounces right back (glorious, isn’t it?). This is called elasticity. Your skin is a scaffold, made up of a meshwork of collagen, elastin, and other proteins. Collagen breakdown by UV light is one of the main culprits leading to wrinkles, and loss of elasticity. UV rays also cause the epidermis (outer skin layer) to become thinned out.
Not only does collagen degrade, but changes at the cellular level prevent our DNA from manufacturing new collagen.
Fortunately, treatments exist to reverse some of these signs of sun damage, and in combination with a good skin care regimen and sun protection, prevent further damage.
What are age spots or hyperpigmentation?
Age spots, old age spots, or sun spots vary from light tan to dark brown flat areas on the skin that form in locations with increased sun exposure. The medical term for age spots is solar lentigo. Our skin has pigment factories called melanocytes, and brown spots form when the sun causes these skin factories to overproduce melanin, a process called hyperpigmentation.