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Do sunburns cause wrinkles?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

They sure can. Sunburns and a lifetime of tanning can age your skin. The UV radiation from the sun damages collagen and elastin, fibers that give the skin its firmness and elasticity. Instead of a firm look, the skin begins to droop and cause obvious wrinkles.

Sunburns can cause damage to the skin and lead to wrinkles. It is important to wear sunscreen and/or long sleeve clothing when in the sun to protect skin.

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