Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Exposing The Truth About Photoaging

Getting wrinkles is something we all dread. While there are definitely signs of aging that are unavoidable, there are others that we can control. The effect that sun exposure has on our skin is profound; yet it is preventable at the same time. Photoaging refers to the damage that is done to the skin from prolonged exposure over a person’s lifetime to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. The sun can also accelerate the natural aging process within the skin.

How Does Photoaging Work?

Skin is composed of three layers: the epidermis, or outermost layer; the dermis, or middle layer; and the subcutis, or basement layer. The dermis is what supports our skin’s structure and form. It contains collagen, elastin, and other fibers to give a smooth and youthful appearance. Unfortunately, the dermis layer is also under direct attack from UV radiation (UVR) while you are out in the sun.

UV radiation is composed of both UVA and UVB waves. When your skin is exposed to UVR, your dermis layer tries to fight back or protect itself by producing melanin. Therefore, what you see as a tan is really your skin’s way of telling you it was under attack.

UVB are short rays that are responsible for sunburn. However, it is actually the longer wavelength UVA rays that contribute most to photoaging because they can penetrate deep into the dermis layer and damage collagen. This attack triggers a series of events within your skin. Your skin will first produce large amounts of abnormal elastin, which causes a signal to produce more enzymes to repair it. Unfortunately, these enzymes (called metalloproteinases) commonly malfunction in their attempt to rebuild your skin’s collagen, so your skin appears wrinkled. In addition, your skin will also produce melanocytes, which creates an uneven pigmentation and blotchy appearance. The result of UV exposure to the skin is wrinkles, leathery skin, sagging skin and age spots. UVA also destroys your chromosomal structure of DNA in your skin and contributes to skin cancer.

Your Best Weapon

Since your skin goes a little haywire when trying to fight against UV radiation, your best weapon to prevent photoaging is sunscreen. Daily application of sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to areas vulnerable to photoaging will not only help prevent this harmful and unsightly process, but can also reverse some of the signs you may already have. Most importantly, using sunscreen will reduce your risk for developing skin cancer.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates

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Olansky Dermatology AssociatesAtlanta Dermatologist
3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 355-5484
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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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Olansky Dermatology Associates

4.7/ 5.0

Based on 229 reviews

Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

Kristen R.

Olansky Dermatology is wonderful! Our whole family goes. My daughter has had terrible eczema through the years and both my kids had mollescum too. They always make things better and spend time explaining whats wrong and how to fix it.

Mike D.

I recently had a couple appointments at Olanksy Dermatology and was seen by Julia Lee. Julie was excellent and quickly took care of the issue I was having with my skin. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology and especially Julia Lee to anyone in need of a dermatologist.

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My husband is a patient of PA Sharon Doering I appreciate all she did for my spouse. She’s very down to earth & made him feel comfortable. Sharon communicated in a way that he can understand.
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Lisa H.

I see the physician assistant Sharon Doering and she has drastically improved my skin! I highly recommend this practice and their brilliant thourough doctors. I finally have glowing skin!

Betty G.

I have had excellent experience at Olansky Dermatology. Dr Burger is meticulous and thorough and has a most pleasant and calm manner. I have every confidence in her and this office.

Cheyenne G.

Very kind and understanding people. Dr. Bellamy and her nurse took the time to listen to all my concerns and never made me feel rushed.

Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

Susan H.

Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!

Lindsay S.

I have been going to Olansky Dematology for many years now, whether for a specific problem, or just for a really great deep facial, and I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. Every single staff member is knowledgeable and professional. The customer service I receive every visit leaves a positive and lasting impression. I always feel comfortable and at ease while I am there. Great staff!

Janet R.

I seem to live at this place! Whether it’s for an appointment with a doctor or for an aesthetic treatment, I am there frequently. I cannot say enough good things. Efficient, friendly, the best doctors, and a new aesthetic center with the latest in procedures and products to keep us looking almost as young as we feel. It’s always fun to see Emily and she knows just what to recommend.