Skin changes (photoaging) can occur from too much sun over
many years. Some of these changes include wrinkles, dryness, freckles, "liver
spots," easy bruising, skin growths, skin patches (actinic keratoses), and changes in skin color.
Photoaging is seen more in people who burn easily.
aging causes fine, shallow wrinkles. Photoaged skin creates wrinkles that are
deep and thick. Photoaging can be stopped by using sun protection measures.
Even after skin changes have started, the skin can repair itself if you limit
further sun exposure and avoid getting sunburned.
self-examination of skin moles, blemishes, or birthmarks is important to notice
any skin changes that may lead to skin cancer. Check for the ABCDEs of skin cancer:
September 1, 2011
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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