Actinic damage also know as sun damage refers to the ultra-violet rays from the sun that are absorbed by our skin.
We are all vulnerable to sun damage, lighter skin types are even more prone to UV damage. Repeated exposure to the suns uv rays will causes a cumulative effect and will cause DNA damage that may cause skin cancer.
Too much exposure to radiation from the sun plays a key role in the formation of skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, as well as malignant melanoma.
How Can You Protect Yourself and Loved Ones From Actinic Sun Damage?
- Wear sun (uv) protective clothing
- Avoid exposure to the sun during peak hours when possible
- Apply good quality sunscreens that protect against both UVA and UVB rays and apply them regularly according to the label instructions
- Avoid indoor tanning beds and booths!
- Call us to schedule your annual skin check with Dr. Jochen.
- Use the ABCDE’s of Skin Cancer
How Do I Treat Sun Damage To My Skin?
If you have experienced sun damage to your skin, there are a variety of treatments that can help! From chemical peels to creams and certain lasers, we can help the health as well as the beauty of the skin. Beautiful skin is healthy skin, and it begins with a simple skin exam.