Sun damage refers to problems with the skin or body which come as a direct result of prolonged sun exposure. Sun damage destroys the skin’s ability to maintain the components it needs to remain looking young and healthy.
Reductions in antioxidants and vitamins, and damage to fatty acids, hyaluronic acid and proteins such as collagen and elastin all occur because of sun exposure. This may result in fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, dry skin and skin abnormalities.
There are two main types of UV rays that cause sun damage – UVA and UVB. UVA rays activate pigment-producing cells and lead to suntan, while UVB rays cause sunburn. Both types of ray contribute to premature ageing and can cause skin cancer.
If you relate to this condition but still feel unsure, at Harpenden Skin Clinic we are always here to help and advise patients on the best possible treatment journey performed by experienced clinicians.