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How does sunlight affect the skin aging process?

How does sunlight affect the skin aging process?

Causing wrinkles: Uva is the one causing significant wrinkling which looks "aging". Uva also causes "solar elastosis" which makes skin look old (slightly yellow orange-skin look alike). ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Zimmet
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Skin Aging (Definition)

Skin aging is a term for the changes that occur to the skin with age, mostly caused by exposure to sunlight. These changes include thinning, wrinkling, ...Read more


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Does a severe sunburn cause skin aging, or is it caused by long-term sun exposure?

Both!: Acute sunburn causes more skin damage, and may increase risk of melanoma somewhat more than long-tern sun exposure, which still causes wrinkles, spots, and skin cancers as well. Radiation damage is cumulative over a lifetime, so both are not good! sort of like many toxic things--a little over a long time will kill you just as dead as a lot all at once! ...Read more

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Dermatology: does a sun tan lotion, with an SPF 6, allow for tanning and wards off damaging premature skin aging when applied frequently enough?

Dermatology: does a sun tan lotion, with an SPF 6, allow for tanning and wards off damaging premature skin aging when applied frequently enough?

Nope: Suntan is actually a sign of sun damage. You don't have to burn to have damage, although burning does increase your risk of skin cancers even more. You need an SPF of 30 or higher reapplied every 2 hours to ward off premature aging! ...Read more

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How can I stop premature skin aging?

MOITURISE,AVOID SUN: You can prevent premature aging of the skin by keeping your skin moiturised, avoid too much sun exposure, dont smoke and dont drink too much. ...Read more

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What can reduce the apearance of premature skin aging?

What can reduce the apearance of premature skin aging?

Treating skin aging: You need an evaluation by a specialist to assess superficial wrinkles, pigmentation, laxity, elasticity, subcutaneous atrophy & other factors, etc. Topical agents, fillers, chemodenervation (botox), creams, oral agents, peels, resurfacing, lasers & surgery all offer improvements. Of course a diet with adequate nutrition, anti-oxidants, protein, hydration & avoidance of excess sun exposure & tobac. ...Read more

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How much willsunlight exposure contribute to skin aging?

How much willsunlight exposure contribute to skin aging?

Sunlight(UV) & aging: A study published in 2013 showed that UV ray account for a whopping 80% of skin aging , including wrinkles. Remember that it is not sunlight but "light" and the UVA, UVB and IR radiation that is the culprit. This is the reason that DAILY application of a broad spectrum, antioxidant sunscreen is a critical step in maintaining youthful, healthy skin, whether it is sunny, cloudy or overcast. ...Read more

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How could i prevent skin aging?

How could i prevent skin aging?

Sun Protection: One of the most important steps you can do to preserve your skin is sun protection. That includes a good facial moisturizer with broad-spectrum sunscreen that filters out both uva and uvb rays. Over time, these rays can cause wrinkles, brown spots, and even skin cancer. Better yet, if you are planning on a spending a day outdoors, wear a wide-brimmed hat and and sun protective clothing. ...Read more

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Is there a way to prevent skin aging?

Is there a way to prevent skin aging?

Various: Sun protection is most important- hats/clothing, sunscreens that block uva & uvb, outdoor activities before 10 am & after 4 pm. Don't smoke. Use high quality topical antioxidants. Good nutrition is important. Treatment for early signs of aging include topical retinoids (such as retinol, retin a, renova, (tretinoin) others) to reduce sun-damaged pigmentation and stimulate collagen, which minimizes wrinkles. ...Read more

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Is there anyway one can prevent skin aging?

Is  there anyway one  can prevent skin aging?

No: But you can eliminate the leading causes of accelerated skin aging. Sun exposure, cigarettes and weight fluctuations. ...Read more

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What kind of test can check for premature skin aging?

Visia skin analysis: I am not aware of a lab test to check for premature aging. There is a very rare condition called progeria, where you age quite rapidly and die in childhood. I have a visia camera system which photographs your skin and gives you a wrinkle score, sun damage score, etc based on your age and skin type. I would check a few websites of dermatologists in your area and see if visia analysis is offered. ...Read more