Written by Debra Wyatt (last updated December 9, 2019)
Being out in the warm sun feels great on our skin, but all that sun can take its toll. After a while all that sun starts to do things to the skin. Some of the problems that occur later on comes in many forms such as wrinkles, skin discolorations, and even skin cancer.
There are a number of different characteristic symptoms of sun damage. There are sun spots (which are the easiest to see), wrinkles, the skin appears to have a "leathery" texture, and skin discoloration. Skin discolorations are also known as sun spots, liver spots, or age spots. Sun spots normally start appearing when a person is about 40 years old, although they can start earlier if there has been a lot of sun exposure.
Sun spots occur where the pigmentation of the skin is a different color (usually it's darker) than that of the rest of the skin. When the sun spots start to appear they may, at first, look a lot like freckles. With time some of these sun spots can develop into skin cancer and should be watched carefully.
When it comes to treating sun spots the obvious thing would be to avoid them in the first place. This can be done by taking care of the skin, especially when spending time outdoors. Apply a really good sun screen to the skin every time that you spend time outdoors, along with wearing protective clothing like long sleeves and a hat.
Once you begin noticing sun spots starting to appear then it's time to start treating them. There are several different ways to accomplish this.
Visit with a dermatologist and see what options are best for you. They have the knowledge and experience with what you can expect to happen and how long it will take for you to see the desired result.
Once you treat your sun spots you'll want to be sure to wear sun screen or the problem will more than likely return.
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