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What are the signs of sun damage?

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Most of us start life with smooth, unmarked, even-toned skin. But our “birthday suits” take on more color and texture with every passing year.

Spots, blotches, and wrinkles that show up over time are really signs of the sun’s damage to your skin. So is a suntan. The sun’s beams bring out a chemical in your body associated with melanin, which darkens your skin, part of an effort to protect it.

SOURCES:

American Skin Association: “Sun Safety.”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.

FDA.

CDC.

American Academy of Dermatology.

Skin Cancer Foundation.

Richard G. Glogau, MD, clinical professor of dermatology, University of California, San Francisco.

Cleveland Clinic: “The Aging Skin.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on August 12, 2017

SOURCES:

American Skin Association: “Sun Safety.”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.

FDA.

CDC.

American Academy of Dermatology.

Skin Cancer Foundation.

Richard G. Glogau, MD, clinical professor of dermatology, University of California, San Francisco.

Cleveland Clinic: “The Aging Skin.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on August 12, 2017

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