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Posts for: June, 2015

By Cherry Creek Dermatology
June 24, 2015
Category: Skin Health
Tags: Summer  

While a little bit of sun can be good for your health, too much sun can be downright deadly. Not only can sun overexposure send you to a dermatologist at Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver for treatment, but it can permanently ruin your appearance and health as well.Summertime

How do you know when you've had too much sun? Here are six sun damage symptoms to watch out for.

1. Sunburn

The most well-known of all of the symptoms of sun damage, sunburn is often the easiest to spot. Don't wait until you've turned a deep shade of red before you head indoors, however. Any discoloration of the skin, even a light tan, is a sign of skin damage. As soon as you notice your skin turning a light pink or brown, it's time to head indoors.

2. Dry Skin

Chlorine isn't the only substance that can cause your skin to become dry and ashy in the summer; too much sun exposure can too. The result is skin that is flaky, ashy, tight and itchy. Wearing a good moisturizer can help with short-term symptoms, but you'll need to get out of the sun to avoid potential long-term effects.

3. Freckles and Sun Spots

While a little sun can result in an all-over glow, it can just as easily result in an uneven discoloration, such as freckles or sun spots. Both freckles and sun spots are caused by sun exposure, and both are signs that you've had enough sun for the day.

4. Wrinkles

Wrinkles don't just happen as you age - they can happen as the result of too much sun exposure as well. Over time, the sun's rays can break down your skin, causing it to lose elasticity and develop fine lines and wrinkles. Avoiding sun overexposure is a great way to keep your skin looking fresh and youthful.

5. Changes in Texture

You don't have to visit the tanning salon every day to get skin that is rough and leathery. Your skin can change texture as a result of spending too much time out in the sun as well. If you notice this happening to your skin, it is definitely time to reevaluate how much time you're spending outdoors without sunscreen.

6. Skin Cancer

The most dangerous and frightening of all, skin cancer is one effect of overexposure to the sun that everyone hopes will never happen to them. Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to avoid it. Improve your chances by enjoying the sun in moderation, and by visiting your dermatologist at Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver regularly for screenings.

This summer, enjoy the warmth and sunshine while still keeping your skin safe and protected. The next time you visit your dermatologist at Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver for a routine check-up, you'll be glad you did!


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