Common symptoms include coarse and dry skin that has a leathery feel. Discoloration and brown spots, known as sunspots or lentigines, can appear unsightly and in large areas. The blood vessels may also become enlarged. Deep wrinkles and frown lines form around the eyes, mouth, and forehead. The damage worsens with continued UV exposure.

Sun damageSunscreen is the number one way to protect against sun damage. Many experts recommend the use of at least SPF 15 for everyday exposure. Higher SPF ratings are needed for prolonged times in the sun, such as at a beach or while working in the sun. Times of the heavy sun or equatorial climates also need more protection. Hats, sunglasses, and protective clothing also help to reduce the effects of photoaging.

Dr. Zizmor can treat sun damage with a variety of chemical peels or laser resurfacing. To eliminate sun damage, be sure to consult with Dr. Zizmor.