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The Sun’s Effect on Your Skin

How Sun Exposure Affects Your Skin

With warmer weather on the horizon, you may find yourself daydreaming of laying out in the sun and getting the perfect tan. However, it is important to note that getting too much sun can actually be detrimental to your skin’s health. Read on to learn more about how prolonged sun exposure can negatively impact your skin.

Negative Effects of Getting Too Much Sun

Your body naturally uses the sun’s rays to help it manufacture vitamin D, ward of feelings of anxiety and depression, and even keep your sleep schedule on track—but prolonged exposure to sunlight can have detrimental effects on your skin. Here’s how.


When your skin is exposed to prolonged periods of sunlight, this can cause sunburn. Sunburns happen when the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays penetrate the skin’s outer layers, causing damage to the skin cells in deeper layers.

Premature Signs of Aging

Photoaging is the premature damage caused to the skin from excessive exposure to sunlight and other ultraviolet (UV) light, such as tanning beds. This commonly causes wrinkling, fine lines, freckling, and textural changes.

Skin Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, most forms of skin cancer are a result of prolonged exposure to the UV rays present in sunlight. Both basal cell and squamous cell cancers, as well as melanoma, are directly linked to ultraviolet radiation and appear most frequently on sun-exposed areas of the body.

Board-Certified Dermatology in Burbank, CA

Whether you are in need of cosmetic or medical care, our board-certified specialists at Advanced Dermatology Center are here for you. Our team of board-certified dermatologists will work with you to find the right course of treatment to address your skin care needs. By combining the latest dermatological advancements with years of experience, our team is able to provide the best quality care to each of our patients. Contact us today to schedule a consultation! (818) 284-4003