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Types of skin damage caused by UV radiation

At Keys Dermatology of Islamorada and Key West, Florida, patients can obtain quality skincare solutions. A common concern is that of skin damage, especially for those who have spent extensive time outside without sun protection. UV radiation is a serious concerns as it can cause long-term changes to the skin’s structure and can result in sunburns. It can also contribute to one’s risk of developing skin cancer as well. With proper identification of skin damage caused by UV radiation, patients can take the steps to reverse photoaging with the help of a skilled professional. Our doctors are here to assist!

What types of skin damage is caused by UV radiation exposure?

The most common type of damage to the skin from UV radiation is that of sun spots, which may also be referred to as age spots or liver spots. These areas of hyperpigmentation are caused by an increase in melanin. They can develop anywhere on the skin, but most commonly in areas where previous sun damage has occurred, such as the face, shoulders, and arms.

Other types of skin damage caused by UV radiation is premature aging. Patients will find that their skin loses laxity faster, which in turn can result in the development of fine lines and wrinkles on the facial skin. Also known as photoaging, this premature aging can be problematic for patients who want to look younger.

The most concerning type of skin damage is that of skin cancer. Patients with at least five sunburns in their lifetime have a significantly higher risk of developing skin cancer than those who have worn proper protection when exposed to UV radiation. Skin cancer can come on various types, and with early detection, many patients will have a high success rate of survival.

Ready to speak to a professional about your skincare needs?

Call Keys Dermatology to book an appointment with one of our providers and find out if you can benefit from treatments to reverse UV radiation damage to the skin. We have two office locations in the areas of Key West and Islamorada, FL and can be reached at our main phone number, (305) 296-3334.


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