Plano, TX dermatologist discusses some of the best treatments for sun damaged skin
Nearly everyone loves to lay out by the pool on a sunny, summer day. And while long days out in the sun may seem like the only appropriate way to spend our summers, it can really take a toll on our skin.
No one can avoid the natural aging of the skin. As we grow older our skin thins out and loses hydration and volume. Wrinkles and lines begin to appear, skin begins to sag and birthmarks tend to look worse. Excessive sun exposure can speed up this process. It causes the skin to wrinkle prematurely, a process called photoaging. People who have experienced this type of skin damage may notice dry skin, excessive freckles or discoloration, leathery skin, and deep folds or wrinkles.
So, what is one to do to combat the effects of sun damage on the skin? Undoubtedly you’ve seen countless ads for creams that claim to reverse the signs of aging and sun exposure. And while some of them may help with one or two symptoms, photoaging typically requires dermatological intervention.
Some of the most common and best treatments for sun damaged skin include:
- Topical mediations — customizing a treatment program with specialized topical creams with ingredients such as retinol or glycolic acid is an effective way to combat sun damage at home. Our providers have tremendous experience in creating individualized programs for our patients.
- Chemical Peels – Chemical peels work by removing the upper layer of skin. They can help minimize the visible effects of aging as the skin begins to regenerate with a smoother, improved appearance.
- IPL Phototherapy – IPL delivers multiple lightwaves that are absorbed by the melanin in the skin. The light damages the melanin and it is then absorbed by the body. This makes sun damage or age spots less visible on the skin.
- Facial fillers – There are some injectable facial fillers that can address sun damage. Fillers work by targeting the collagen network and signaling the body to increase production. This adds volume and hydration to the skin that can help out hollowed areas of skin caused by sun damage.