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How can the sun change your skin?

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Exposure to the sun causes:

  • Pre-cancerous and cancerous skin lesions
  • Benign tumors
  • Fine and coarse wrinkles
  • Freckles
  • Discolored areas of the skin, called mottled pigmentation
  • Sallowness -- a yellow discoloration of the skin
  • Telangiectasias -- the dilation of small blood vessels under the skin
  • Elastosis -- the destruction of the elastic and collagen tissue (causing lines, wrinkles and sagging skin)

SOURCES:  American Academy of Dermatology. FDA.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 14, 2017

SOURCES:  American Academy of Dermatology. FDA.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 14, 2017

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