Photoaging/photodamage and photoprotection

J Am Acad Dermatol. 1990 Jan;22(1):1-15. doi: 10.1016/0190-9622(90)70001-x.


Exposure to sunlight can produce both acute and long-term effects. Acute changes include erythema, photosensitivity, and immunologic alterations. Long-term consequences include carcinogenesis and photoaging. All effects can be minimized by photoprotection. This article reviews the adverse effects of sun exposure and strategies to reduce photodamage.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Skin Aging* / drug effects
  • Skin Aging* / radiation effects
  • Sunlight / adverse effects*
  • Sunscreening Agents / therapeutic use*


  • Sunscreening Agents