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Nov 18th

UV photography shows hidden sun damage

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A UV photograph gives us a safe way to see how the sun damages our skin.

In the UV photos that appear below on the right, you can see what hidden sun damage looks like. Compare these UV photos with the color photos on the left. As you scroll down the page, you’ll see how much sun damage can accumulate with age.

The more sun damage we accumulate, the greater our risk for developing skin cancer and prematurely aged skin.

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18 months of age: This boy’s UV photo (right) shows he does not have sun-damaged skin.

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4 years of age: Early sun damage starts to show. Notice the freckling across his nose and cheeks in the UV photo (right).

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17 years of age: This teenager’s UV photo (right) shows that she already has a significant amount of hidden sun damage.

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37 years of age: This woman’s hidden sun damage is clearly visible in her UV photo (right).

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52 years of age: The sun has prematurely aged this woman’s skin. In her UV photo (right), you can see the extent of her hidden sun damage.

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64 years of age: This beach-community resident’s skin chronicles a lifetime of sun exposure. Her UV photo (right) reveals the true extent of the sun damage.

(Photos provided courtesy of David H. McDaniel, MD)


Used with permission from American Academy of Dermatology