What causes sun damage?
Sun damage describes premature aging of the skin from overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. There are two types of UV rays that cause sun-damaged skin: UVA and UVB. UVA are longer-wave rays that activate the skin in an unhealthy way and will give your skin a tanned appearance. These rays are not responsible for sunburns. They penetrate the skin deeper than UVB rays and trigger premature aging and sometimes even skin cancer.
UVB rays, on the other hand, are shorter-wave rays that are responsible for sunburns, and they can also accelerate early signs of aging. UVB rays are also considered the most common cause of skin cancers.
What causes discoloration?
Discolored skin patches are irregular areas where there are changes in skin color. They are a common condition with a wide array of potential causes: illness, injury, inflammatory problems, and a difference in melanin levels can all contribute.
If you were a victim of the tanning bed craze of the early 2000s, don’t worry: there’s hope for you yet. Thanks to advances in skincare and medical, there are ways to treat both sun damage and discoloration:
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Set up an appointment with one of the skincare experts at New England Skin Center for an individualized treatment plan. We can get your skin back to a healthier look and feel. Give us a call at (781) 803-2455 or request an appointment online to get started.