What is photoaging?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

We usually think of aging as adding one more candle to our birthday cake (or fruit bowl) each year, but photoaging is the type of aging that happens when you spend too much time in the sun, and makes you look years older than the calendar says you are. Fair-skinned people suffer more photoaging, but it creeps up no matter who you are. The skin absorbs ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun, which can generate harmful compounds that sabotage skin repair, reduce supportive collagen, and weaken the fibrous skin protein elastin. All this takes a toll on the skin causing it to sag, get mottled, dry and leathery, as well as increases your risk for skin cancer.

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