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Treating Aged or Sun-Damaged Skin

Treating Aged or Sun-Damaged Skin

What is photoaging?

Excessive exposure to the sun early in life can make a person look older than he/she really is. This premature wrinkling and skin damage from sun exposure is called photoaging. Photoaging, unlike natural aging, results in coarse, dry skin; freckling and skin discoloration; leathery skin; and deep wrinkles.

Treatment for sun-damaged skin

To minimize the effects of photoaging:

No one can avoid the natural process of aging, as the skin thins and lines and wrinkles appear. Moles, scars, and birthmarks also tend to change as we age. In addition, sun damage over the course of a lifetime worsens the aging skin. Although there are many anti-aging creams on the market, advanced signs of aging and sun damage sometimes require more invasive dermatological procedures, including the following:

*Nonablative dermatological procedures do not remove the epidermal (top) layer of the skin. Ablative procedures remove the top layers of skin. 

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