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Sun Damage

What is Sun-damaged Skin (Photoaging)?

Sun-damaged skin, also known as photoaging, describes the visible signs of premature aging caused by chronic exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Unlike chronological aging, photoaging is largely preventable.

Difference between Photoaging and Chronological Skin Aging


Photoaging is the primary cause of premature facial aging. It’s distinct from chronological aging because it’s driven by external factors, primarily UV radiation. While chronological aging leads to a thinning of the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin) and a decrease in cell turnover, photoaging disrupts the production of collagen and elastin, resulting in diminished skin structure and elasticity.

Here’s a breakdown of how UV rays damage the skin:

  • UVA rays: These rays penetrate deep into the skin’s dermis, damaging collagen and elastin fibers, leading to wrinkles and loss of elasticity.
  • UVB rays: These rays primarily affect the epidermis, causing sunburn and promoting hyperpigmentation.

Can Sun Damage be Reversed?

While completely reversing sun damage may not be possible, significant improvements can be achieved with a combination of treatment options and a consistent sun protection regimen. Here at Ayana Dermatology & Aesthetics, we offer a variety of advanced aesthetic treatments to address the visible signs of sun damage, including:

These treatments, combined with a personalized skincare routine and consistent sun protection, can significantly improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin.

Where is Photoaging Most Visible?

Photoaging is most noticeable on areas of the skin frequently exposed to the sun, such as:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Back of hands
  • Forearms

Who is at Risk for Skin Damage from the Sun?

Everyone is at risk for skin damage from the sun, but individuals with lighter skin types, a history of sunburns, or excessive sun exposure are at higher risk. Protecting your skin from UV rays is crucial, regardless of your skin type or color.

Symptoms and Causes of sun damage

Symptoms of sun damage:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven skin tone (hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation)
  • Rough, dry skin
  • Leathery appearance
  • Freckles
  • Actinic keratoses (rough, scaly patches)
  • Visible spider veins

Causes of sun damage:

  • Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun: The primary cause of photoaging.
  • Tanning beds: Emit UV radiation similar to sunlight and can cause premature aging and increase skin cancer risk.
  • Certain medications: Specific drugs may heighten sensitivity to the sun.

Management and Treatment for Sun Damage

Managing and treating sun-damaged skin involves a combination of professional dermatological treatments and home care routines. Treatments like microneedling, IPL therapy, and prescription-strength retinoids can significantly improve skin conditions. Equally important is a daily skincare routine that includes sun protection, hydration, and products designed to repair and protect the skin barrier.

Topical creams and serums

  • Retinoids (like retinol and tretinoin) stimulate collagen production and cell turnover, reducing wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Antioxidants like vitamin C help combat free radical damage, slowing aging.
  • Lightening agents can diminish the appearance of age spots.

Minimally invasive procedures

  • Chemical peels use controlled application of chemicals to remove damaged outer layers, revealing smoother and brighter skin.
  • Lasers target specific concerns like wrinkles or pigmentation with concentrated light beams.


  • Botulinum toxin (Botox) relaxes muscles to smooth wrinkles around the eyes and forehead.
  • Fillers plump up areas of volume loss, restoring a youthful contour.

How Can I Prevent Ultraviolet Photoaging?

Preventing ultraviolet photoaging centers around protecting your skin from sun exposure. Key strategies include:

  • Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 every day, regardless of whether it’s cloudy.
  • Looking for shade during the sun’s strongest hours, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wear protective garments like wide-brimmed hats and shirts with long sleeves.
  • Use antioxidants in your skincare routine, like vitamin C serum, to combat free radical damage from UV exposure.

Are you ready to take control of your skin health and prevent premature aging caused by UV exposure? At Ayana Dermatology and Aesthetics, we specialize in advanced solutions tailored to protect and rejuvenate your skin. Take the first step towards healthier, radiant skin by contacting us today. Our dedicated professionals are here to guide you on your journey to lasting skin health and beauty.

Customer Love: Our Reviews Speak for Themselves

Helen P.
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I had a great experience at Ayana Dermatology! Dr. Levi is a fantastic physician. She was very kind to me and thorough in her exam. You can clearly see she has a passion for her career and patients. Her clinic is beautiful and clean. Staff was kind and welcoming. I am happy to have found my dermatologist!
Nicole A.
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My experience at Ayana has been nothing short of amazing! I came to Dr. Levi for hair loss, and she took the time to really listen to me and discussed all treatment options with me in detail. Not only do I feel cared for by everyone at the office, but I have also seen significant improvement in my hair growth using Dr. Levi's medical advice and treatment approach. Go to Ayana if you want results and the best care in South FL!
Allan h.
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Dr. Levi and staff were true professionals. Great results and competitive rates. What I thought would take months for my skin to heal was almost gone in only 1 week. Will definitely come back!
Amanda P.
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So blessed to have a AYANA DERMATOLOGY in Wilton Manors!! Good bye med spas - overpriced and lack quality control. Dr. Cherise Mizrahi-Levi Is generous with her knowledge and time. I love learning about how to care for my skin without the med spa gimmicks.
Bernard R.
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I am from Miami Beach and now live in Orlando. I am frequently in Fort Lauderdale because that is where my kids live. I have been to many dermatologists over the years. Dr. Levi is by far the best dermatologist I have ever seen. Her attention to detail is incredible. She is highly intelligent and is great at communicating what is going on. I can't put into words how great of a doctor she is. highly recommend her!
Theresa S.
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Amazing service from first call to end of appointments. Been here several times for different things and they are consistently professional and friendly!
Therese N.
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Dr. Levi and her staff were attentive and tried to help with my concerns. Will be seeing her again in about three weeks for a followup.
Kirsten b.
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Dr. Levi is amazing. She takes the time to understand your problem and then works with you to improve your condition. You don't feel rushed and you are definitely listened to. Her follow up is fantastic, taking time to call you personally with lab results.
Talia N.
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The best derm experience I’ve ever had, truly. I felt well taken care of by the entire team. Dr. Levi is warm, caring, and incredibly knowledgeable regarding all aspects of dermatology. She took her time to explain everything from A-Z so I didn’t leave with any worries or concerns. I highly recommend this practice! Experienced skin care professionals, Amazing results, Expert facials, Licensed skin care professionals, Professional products, Beautiful results.
Mirit g.
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Thank you for the knowledge, explanation and special treatment Dr. Cherise M. Levi you're the best! Beautiful place, so peaceful & great team! Definitely going to see you soon again 🙂
Elizabeth K.
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Wonderful, caring doctor. Takes her time with patients. Never rushes. Listens to patient & makes informed recommendations. Great support staff. Makes good recommendations for skin care products. Will continue to go to Ayana Dermatology for skin cancer checks.
Ivan D.
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Beautiful office great staff very professional the doctor comes with a magnificent history in the industry in NYC she makes you feel very comfortable and i have total confidence in her decisions and advice so glad i found her!

Frequently asked questions

Apply sunscreen again every two hours, and even more often if you are swimming or perspiring.

Yes, foods rich in antioxidants, like fruits and vegetables, can improve your skin’s health and potentially its resistance to UV damage.

Ingredients like retinol, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and vitamin C are beneficial for repairing sun-damaged skin.

It’s always a good time to begin safeguarding your skin. While past damage cannot be entirely erased, further damage can be prevented, and the condition of your skin can be improved.

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