What Is Photoaging?

Photoaging is premature aging of the skin due its exposure to the sun. The Ultraviolet rays of the sun result in wrinkles, freckles, sagging of the skin, pigmentation and skin roughness.  Long-term damage due to UV rays can also result in cancer. Photoaging results in wrinkles and can make a person older than he/she is.

The Consequences of Photoaging:

Following are the consequences of photoaging:

  • Skin wrinkles
  • Inelasticity
  • Roughness
  • Freckles
  • Skin folds

Parts of the body such as face, neck, arms, ears are at risk of photoaging as they are exposed to the sun. To prevent photoaging, these parts can be either covered by clothing or a sunscreen can be applied.

Preventing Photoaging:

Photoaging damages the skin and causes wrinkles. Here are a few ways to prevent photoaging:

  • Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. where the sun’s intensity is high
  • Cover the exposed areas and protect them from sunlight. You can wear long-sleeved clothing or a hat
  • Use a sun-screen of SPF greater than 15 to protect your skin from UV rays. Apply the cream 20 minutes before you go outside. As UV rays can also affect you during cloudy days, make sure you wear sunscreen every time to go out

For the skin which is affected by photoaging, treatments such as laser resurfacing, microdermabrasion or chemical peels can be used. Fair skinned individuals are at high risk of photoaging. Hopefully, proper protection while going out in the sun can prevent wrinkles due to photoaging.

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