Old Man With Gray Hair and Wrinkled FaceIn a recent case evaluated by Northwestern University dermatologists, a 69-year-old man was found to display unique signs of premature aging from overexposure to sunlight. As a professional truck driver, one side of his face was exposed to more sunlight than the other. Over the course of his 28-year career, the effects of this exposure aged the left side of his face dramatically. Because the right side did not have the same exposure, it did not age as rapidly, showing a distinct and jarring contrast to the left side of his face. This unusual example offers a side-by-side comparison of just how dramatic of an effect sun exposure can have on premature aging and wrinkles.

“While I urge my patients to protect their skin from the sun, many of the images they equate with tanning are seen in ads and beauty magazines,” says Hemet and Riverside skin care specialist Dr. Eichenberg of Renuance Cosmetic Surgery Center. “Images like these offer a clearer, albeit more disturbing look at what overexposure to UV rays can do to your skin.”

With summer here, images like these could help you think twice about excessive tanning both in the backyard and in tanning beds. You not only risk premature signs of aging in the face and body, but you also put yourself at risk for skin cancer. Many dermatologists strongly suggest wearing sun protection throughout the year, especially for the delicate, vulnerable areas of the face, neck, and chest.

“It’s important to make sure that the sun protection you are buying protects against both UVA and UVB rays, and has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30,” says Dr. Eichenberg. “You can also invest in sunglasses that protect against these rays, as well as hats and protective clothing.”

If your skin has been damaged by tanning or the sun’s rays, you can restore and revive your looks with dermatology treatments. For Hemet and Riverside skin care, men and women can review their treatment options at the Renuance Cosmetic Surgery Center. For more information about how to restore and protect your skin from damage, consult with Dr. Eichenberg personally.