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Sun Damage Specialist

ERderm -  - Dermatology


Dermatology & Surgical Dermatologists located in Newport Beach, CA

Enjoying the warmth of the sun on your skin on a breezy day might feel soothing, but the ultraviolet rays can damage your skin more than you might think. To treat sun damage and its outward signs, dermatologists Edward Rohaly, MD, and Samuel Peterson, MD, FACMS, FAAD, offer cosmetic and clinical treatments at ERderm in Newport Beach, California. If you have spots, dryness, or other signs of sun damage you’d like to address, call ERderm, or request an appointment online today.

Sun Damage Q & A

What is sun damage?

Sun damage happens when you spend a lot of time absorbing ultraviolet (UV) rays, a form of light that comes primarily from the sun. You can damage your skin in the same ways by using tanning beds to darken your skin tone for cosmetic purposes. 

Sun damage happens because the sun reduces your skin’s natural oil production and causes long-lasting or permanent changes in your skin’s structure. Even if you don’t have a sunburn, which is a clear sign of the sun’s effect on your skin, the UV rays can cause serious damage in multiple layers of your skin and underlying tissues. 

What are some signs of sun damage?

There are a lot of features that show up on your skin because of the changes in structure that occur when you expose it to the sun. The ERderm team treats common symptoms of sun damage like:


If you have dry skin, it might be due at least in part to the time you’ve spent in the sun. If certain areas of skin seem dryer and flakier than others, it’s probably because they’ve gotten more sun exposure. 


Hyperpigmentation and sun spots can develop in areas that get lots of sun, like your face, neck, chest, or arms. 

Wrinkles and lines

Even though everyone gets wrinkles and lines with age, sun exposure causes your skin to lose its natural elasticity and structural collagen faster. Fortunately, there are treatments that can temporarily relieve wrinkles or make existing wrinkles less noticeable. 

Actinic keratoses

Actinic keratoses are small scaly or rough patches that are precancerous and come from long-term sun exposure. They vary in color, and you might feel their texture before you can detect them with your eyes. 

How is sun damage treated?

ERderm offers a variety of treatments for the various forms of sun damage. After reviewing your symptoms and medical history with a consultation, the team can confidently make one or more treatment recommendations to reduce the long-lasting effects of the sun on your skin. 

Your sun damage treatment and prevention plan might involve:

  • Photodynamic therapy (PDT)
  • Laser resurfacing
  • Chemical peels
  • Topical medications
  • Minor surgery (e.g., excision, cryosurgery)
  • Moisturizers
  • Sunscreen

No matter your current stage of sun damage, it’s important to adopt habits that prevent new sun damage from happening. You should be sure to wear sunscreen daily and re-apply it regularly, especially if you sweat it off or get wet. You should also wear protective clothing like long sleeves and hats if you intend to be in the sun for a while. 

Schedule your consultation for sun damage treatments and prevention by phone or online at ERderm today.