Sun damage, including sun spots, is caused by the over-exposure of harmful ultraviolet (UV) sun rays. Sunbathing and constant sun exposure can put you at risk for abnormal skin discoloration, wrinkling and skin cancer. When your skin darkens, to what we believe is a tan, it is actually a sign of damage to the skin.
See the Sun Damage You Can’t See in the Mirror
UV photography provides physicians with an effective way to show patients the full extent of the sun’s impact on their skin. The selective absorption of UV light by epidermal melanin makes it easy to capture an image of the mottled hyperpigmentation that is characteristic of photodamage. The results can often be quite shocking for patients, heightening their awareness of the need for sun protection and raising a desire for treatment. A post-treatment UV photo compared to pre-treatment shows the patient what’s been accomplished.