Sun exposure is the most significant cause of ageing skin. Over time, ultraviolet radiation changes the DNA of your cells, giving rise to fine lines, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, skin laxity, visible blood vessels and a dull complexion.
Often called the "mask of pregnancy", melasma may be a relatively common disorder especially in easily tanning, olive or asian skin. Even though predominantly seen in women, melasma can occasionally affect men and can have a significant psychological impact on patients.
There is an epidemic of skin cancer in Australia, where it occurs at two to three times the rates in Canada, the US and the UK. According to research from the Cancer Council Australia, our national enthusiasm for spending time in the sun has had some serious consequences: