Your skin protects itself from the damaging effects of the sun, by increasing its production of the dark brown pigment called melanin. The additional tans or darkens the skin. Sun damage is the result of an uneven increase in melanin production, which produces irregular coloring or pigmentation of the skin. The sun can also cause a permanent stretching (dilation) of small blood vessels, giving your skin a mottled, reddish appearance. A consultation with one of our skin professionals will help you determine the best course of treatment from topical solutions and chemical peeling, to laser treatments.