Does Sunburn Cause Early Signs of Aging?

  • Posted on: Dec 15 2019
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At Asarch Center for Dermatology, Laser, and Mohs Surgery, our providers educate patients on ways to keep their skin healthy and youthful. While the signs of aging are bound to occur, there are certain activities that patients can participate in that may reduce the health of the skin and increase their risk for skin cancer. This includes excessive sun exposure outside or through tanning beds that can cause sunburn and aging skin.

Does getting a sunburn cause early signs of aging?

Absolutely! Our doctors in Colorado educate patients on the ways in which they can protect their skin from sunburn, because sunburns from being outside or tanning in tanning beds can have a negative impact on the skin. Sunburns are caused by UV radiation from the sun or tanning beds that damages the collagen and elastin in the skin. Collagen and elastin give skin the elasticity and firmness that it requires to look youthful and reduce the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Instead of the skin looking firm, it can lose elasticity and droop, resulting in wrinkles that become obvious and pronounced over time. In addition, each sunburn can greatly increase one’s risk of developing skin cancer.

What can I do to protect the skin?

There are many steps to protecting the skin and avoiding excessive sun exposure.

  • Wear high SPF sunscreen every day on exposed skin.
  • Avoid being outside during peak sun times between 10am and 4pm without sun protection.
  • Do not tan outside or in tanning beds.
  • Visit a dermatologist annually for a skin cancer screening.
  • Wear long-sleeved clothing to protect the arms from sun exposure.

Learn more about how to properly care for your skin

Avoiding problems such as sunburn is one of many ways in which you can enjoy beautiful, healthy skin for life. If you are interested in discussing your skincare needs with a professional, we invite you to book a consultation visit with our staff. We are committed to providing patients with solutions for the skin, hair, nails, and body in our dermatology clinic. Call Asarch Center for Dermatology, Laser, and Mohs Surgery today at (303) 761-7797. We have several locations throughout Colorado, including our offices in Englewood, Castle Rock, Lakewood, and  Holyoke. Our practice is always accepting new patients.

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