- Sun damage can take many forms in the skin, from pre-cancers to dark spots to redness and visible veins to enlarged pores.
- UV exposure generates free radicals in the skin which damage collagen and DNA and, in turn, contribute to skin aging and *skin cancer*.
- The good news about sun damage is that the skin has powerful methods of repair, and topical products can enhance both collagen synthesis and DNA repair.
- Skincare products with clinically active concentrations of retinoids, glycolic acids, and antioxidants can enhance skin’s reparative mechanisms.
- Fractionated non-ablative lasers such as *Clear+Brilliant* are clinically proven to reduce pre-cancerous damage by by bringing fresh undamaged skin to the surface.
- For those with clinically evident sun damage, Dr. Sherber recommends an annual total body skin examination for *skin cancer* surveillance and monthly self-administered skin exams at home to check for new or changing spots.