Sun Damage & Repair

Did you know that sun damage is the number one cause of extrinsic aging? Nobody wants to look older than they actually are! Fortunately, innovative techniques and topicals can help. Let’s discuss the options for reversing sun damage.

What are the effects of sun damage?

Sun damage has many unflattering effects. Exposure to UV rays leads to premature aging, which manifests as uneven skin tone, freckles, hyperpigmentation, sunspots, thickened skin, fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, under eye bags.

What can we do to repair sun damage?

After the sun damage is done, you don’t have to deal with it forever. Let’s consider the options for reversing the undesirable effects of the harsh UV rays.

Topicals that contain skin brightening ingredients like Vitamin A can improve overall skin tone and reduce the appearance of sunspots and hyperpigmentation. The Obagi Nu-Derm System is a specially formulated skin care system that helps correct and improve the effects of sun damage and premature aging. The system includes a set of seven topical products including cleanser, toner, moisturizer, sunscreen and more that work together to reduce darks spots, and reveal younger, healthier-looking skin.

In order to tackle both skin tone and texture, you may need a stronger solution. Consult your dermatologist or physician to determine if you are a candidate for a chemical peel or laser treatment to improve the appearance of pigmentation as well as fine lines and wrinkles.

Your physician may recommend a customized chemical peel, which can be modified in strength based on your needs. A chemical peel will typically remove the top layer of skin to improve the appearance of skin tone and fine lines.

Other solutions include lasers like Broad Band Light (BBL) and Halo fractional laser, or devices like the MicroPen. The MicroPen can rejuvenate the skin by creating microtears in the skin which increases the production of collagen to tighten and tone your complexion.

There are a variety of laser options, but Halo hybrid fractional laser and BBL are popular options at Azala for treating the cosmetic concerns caused by UV exposure.

How can we prevent sun damage from happening in the future?

The best way to prevent sun damage from occurring is by thoroughly applying sunscreen SPF 30 or higher and covering your skin to protect against the harsh UV rays, especially when you are going to be exposed to the sun for long periods of time.

Reapply sunscreen every 90-120 minutes and more frequently if you are swimming or doing physical activity. Prevent premature aging in style. Simply add a big beautiful sun hat, a visor or baseball cap to help protect your face and keep the sun out of your eyes.

Stop in our office today to find the right SPF product for you, like SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50, a tinted sunscreen rated Best of Beauty 2016 by Allure. The sunscreen offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, and promotes natural radiance and a more even skin tone. Buy two SkinCeuticals products and get a free SkinCeuticals SPF throughout the month of June!

* Individual results may vary, and not guaranteed.

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