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How to Treat Sun Damaged Skin

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Enjoying the sun on warm summer days is one of life’s many pleasures. What isn’t a pleasure is if you get caught outside too long and end up damaging your skin. Dried up skin, redness, wrinkles, and brown spots are all symptoms of being in the sun too long. When you end up in this kind of situation remember that there are many different methods to treating your sun damaged skin.

Sun Damaged Skin

Exfoliate

Sun damage is best explained as the skin absorbing too much solar radiation. The skin cells are then forced to reproduce new ones, however the older, burnt skin extends the process. This layer of dead skin can be blotchy and dry, giving you an older appearance.

To help get the skin to repair itself faster, look to exfoliate your skin. This will remove much of the dry, dead skin, as well as anything else that might be clogging your pores.

Chemical exfoliants like alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) will help promote healthy skin to grow back, but be careful: AHA products can often cause your skin to become more sensitive to the sun.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are great for repairing damaged skin because they counter free radicals. These uncharged molecules cause skin to wrinkle and sag, as well as promote general degeneration of the skin. Antioxidants are able to stop these molecules dead in their tracks and can reduce the breakdown of collagen and reduce UV skin damage.

These molecules are often found in fruits like strawberries, apples, plums, and cherries. You can also find plenty of over the counter lotions and creams that can be rubbed directly on to the damaged skin for more centered results.

Laser Treatments

Laser treatments for sun damage can range from touching up on some spots along the forehead to going in deep and repairing significant damage. Currently there are three styles of laser treatments for sun damage.

  • Light-based lasers that improve blotchiness, veins, brown spots, and skin textures.
  • Fractionated Lasers which create tiny thermal zones in the skin. These zones will then grow new skin that is smoother than it was before. This procedure also promotes the natural process of creating new collagen.
  • Ablative Lasers are the most aggressive of the treatments. In their case the lasers shoot much deeper into the skin, effectively eliminating the top layer of skin. This is normally done for people that have suffered significant damage from the sun.

Skin Lighteners

Just as the name suggests, these cosmetics are meant to lighten up parts of your skin. Areas that have been affected by the sun enough will develop unsightly brown spots. Patients can sometimes correct these spots with skin lightener.

They will also stop the production of melanin (brown pigment) in the future. Your body will produce this color changing chemical to try and protect itself from the ultraviolet rays of the sun, leading to these cosmetics having a greater effect if they are used in conjunction with some kind of retinoid cream or product.

If you have sun damaged skin and are looking to reverse the damage, contact our team to see which options are available to you!

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