Sunlight And Skin Disorders

The sun can cause many different skin disorders. Some, like wrinkles, are common and benign. Others are rare or life threatening. Knowing if your skin disorder is caused—or made worse—by the sun can be important for treating it properly.

The following conditions can be caused or aggravated by sun exposure:


  • skin cancer (melanomas, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma)
  • solar elastosis (wrinkles)
  • age or sun spots
  • sunburn
  • freckles
  • photosensitivity
  • moles
  • polymorphous light eruption (PMLE)

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