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A 43-year-old member asked:

Why you have to avoid or stay out of the sun if you want skin to stay younger?

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Dr. Keira Barr
Pathology 23 years experience
So many reasons: Sun exposure contributes to break down of elastic tissue and collagen in skin leading to skin wrinkling prematurely. It also causes pigmentary changes: freckles, solar lentigos referred to as "liver or age spots" and is a major contributor to skin cancer and precursors to skin cancer (actinic keratoses) sun avoidance and sun precautions (sun screen, protective clothing) is best for youthful skin.
Last updated Oct 4, 2016


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