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Photoaging: The Hidden Effects of Sun Damage

Living in Florida means you can enjoy having fun in the sun all year round. This is a great thing for active people or people who get seasonal depression with colder weather. While the sun boasts many benefits, there are some dangers that come along with sun exposure. In this blog, we discuss the damage that the sun can do if you do not take precautions, so you are informed on how to keep having fun in the sun.

What Is Photoaging?

Photoaging is the process of your skin prematurely aging because of overexposure to the sun. This process is also known as photodamage or sun damage. When the skin experiences this type of damage, it puts you at a much higher risk of developing skin cancer. Melanoma is a severe type of skin cancer that derives from photoaging and can be fatal if it is not spotted and treated early.

Along with health issues that can come from photodamage, there are cosmetic issues that can arise from too much exposure to the sun. As the name explains, photoaging causes your skin to age at a faster rate. Wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots are all things that will appear quicker with too much sun exposure.

How To Prevent Sun Damage

  • Sunscreen: Use sunscreen every day, even if it is cloudy.
  • Broad-Spectrum: Use broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects your skin from both UVA and UVB radiation, and make sure it is water resistant and has an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Reapply: Reapply sunscreen every two hours.
  • Sand & Water: Be cautious around sand and water, as these surfaces reflect UV rays.

Stay Safe With Us

Keeping your skin protected whenever you are out in the sun is critical in maintaining it’s health. Be sure to follow our tips when you are out and about to avoid sun damage. If you are interested in learning more about the treatment options for photoaging, or if you want to get a skin exam to make sure your skin is on the right track, Skin Center of South Miami is the perfect place to go. The team at Skin Center of South Miami is full of experienced doctors with extensive knowledge. They can provide you with world-class care and make sure your skin is happy and healthy. Contact us today at 305-740-6181 or visit us online at to schedule your consultation.


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