5 Skin Problems Caused by Sun Damage
Date: Aug 2016
Protecting your skin from the sun can minimise the damage and reduce the risks of the following problems, but it is impossible to prevent all sun damage to your skin. If you do experience any of these problems, they can usually be treated by your dermatologist at the London skin clinic.
1. Freckles and Solar Lentigos:
Freckles and solar lentigos are brown spots that appear on parts of the skin exposed to the light. Unlike moles, there is no chance of these dark spots becoming cancerous, but they can be unsightly, so you may want to talk to a dermatologist about your options for treatment.
2. Lines and Wrinkles:
The ageing process is inevitable, but there is one thing you can do to slow down the effects of time. Using sun cream, wearing a hat, and keeping out of the sun when it’s at its strongest is the best way to prevent wrinkles, as well as age spots.
3. Actinic Keratoses:
Actinic keratoses are small scaly patches that can occur on skin after many years of sun exposure. Although the plaques are harmless and non-cancerous, you might still want to have them removed by a dermatologist at the London clinic.
4. Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer:
Other kinds of growths can also appear on skin that has been damaged by the sun. Non-melanoma skin cancers such as basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas can take on a variety of forms. They may look like scaly patches or raised, wart-like growths. Although the risk of non-melanoma cancer spreading is usually low, it is still important to seek treatment. The tumour will usually need to be removed surgically.
The most serious condition that can be caused by sun damage is melanoma. Melanoma is a form of cancer that can affect any part of your skin, but which most often occurs in moles that are frequently exposed to the sun. If you notice any changes in your moles, you should have them checked by a dermatologist at the London clinic.
The mole may need to be removed and checked for cancer cells.