Long term damage to the skin from UV light is caused by a lifetime of cumulative sun exposure and often presents as premature aging of the skin. Other changes such as red and brown discoloration, visible blood vessels, wrinkling and little bumps called milia can result. More serious problems such as actinic keratosis are precancerous and will need medical attention. Tanning is a way that skin protects itself through increasing melanin production. This occurs with both exposure to the sun and tanning salons but of which can contribute to adverse effects.
Prevention is the most important treatment, and includes educated sun awareness, sun protection and regular monitoring of the skin. Specific treatment programs include Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion, Skin Care Programs and Laser/IPL.