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By Cherry Creek Dermatology
January 08, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Sun Damage  

Everyone's skin evolves over time, and discolorations and color changes are inevitable. However, spending too much time in the sun sun damagewithout protection can lead to sun damage. This condition, seen frequently at Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver, CO, has varying degrees and some cases can be life-threatening if not examined and treated promptly. Below, your dermatologist, Dr. James Maloney explains how sun damage can manifest itself on your skin.

The skin's normal response to sun

Freckles, wrinkles, and even a slight tan are all evidence of sun damage. The skin responds in various ways, including getting darker, in an effort to protect itself from the damaging rays that can affect you even on cloudy days. A sunburn is immediate proof of sun damage; it is an extreme reaction to a lot of sun exposure over a short period of time. The skin becomes red due to the body sending more blood to the damaged area, and many sunburns peel after a few days as a way of sloughing off the affected skin cells. Research has shown that people who have had five or more major sunburns in their younger years are much more likely to develop skin cancer later in life.

Moderate skin damage

After many years of sun exposure, the skin may develop unsightly growths and spots. Actinic keratoses are raised areas that look like warts or even horns, while lentigines or "age spots" are typically flat and can be as large as a quarter. Many of these conditions appear in visible places and can be itchy, which can lead to secondary bacterial infections from scratching.

Skin cancer

Skin cancer is often the result of years of sun exposure and is proof that the DNA has been permanently altered by the sun's rays. Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) are two of the common skin cancers your Denver dermatologist treats; they often look like bug bites or other lesions that do not heal. These are less likely to be invasive, but they should be removed to avoid any complications. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer; it can spread to other areas of the body and can be life-threatening. Melanoma can arise in new growths or moles you've had for years.

Fortunately, having a skin checkup with your Denver, CO, dermatologist every year can help diagnose any sun damage-related conditions and a treatment plan can be devised. To schedule your appointment at Cherry Creek Dermatology, call our office today!


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