Science-Based Ways To Repair Sun-Damaged Skin
Only around 60 cities are sunnier than our corner of the state, according to government data. We share the state with five of those “sunnier cities.” On average, the Plano area gets sun 61 percent of the year.
Lucky us, we get to personally experience the “Sun Belt” and its mood-boosting benefits, not to mention the sun’s rays help our skin produce Vitamin D, which is beneficial for strong bones and teeth.
However, UV rays from the sun can produce unwanted effects, including:
- Uneven color
- Red patches
- Solar lentigines or sun spots
- Labial lentigo, a brown spot on the lips
- Loose, sagging skin
- Brown patches or melasma
- Broken blood vessels
- Actinic or solar keratosis, a type of pre skin cancer
- Lentigo maligna, an expanding flat brown spot
Lentigo maligna and solar keratosis can develop into melanoma skin cancer and squamous cell carcinoma respectively.
Sun damage is the body’s way of protecting itself. Consider the melanin or pigment that gives flesh, hair, and eyes color. When exposed to damaging UVA and UVB rays, the body produces more melanin as a defense mechanism. More melanin can result in a coveted tan. (Note: There is no “healthy” suntan except the spray-on kind).
Melanin overproduction can also result in those irregular patches and spots commonly found on the face Permanent changes may occur underneath the skin. Small blood vessels dilate. Collagen and elastin, connective tissues responsible for skin strength and flexibility break down, producing a mottled, droopy, and deeply wrinkled appearance.
The best item in a bottle to prevent further sun damage is a high SPF broad-spectrum sunscreen. For existing damage, dermatological specialists distinguish between products with mere “promises” and those with “proven” science. We can prescribe stronger treatments than those available over the counter, used alone or in combination with effective procedures administered safely in the comfort of our office in Plano.
Chemical peels speed up cell turnover slowed by age and affected by the sun’s rays. Lighter peels eliminate the outermost layer of dead skin cells where much of that unwanted discoloration resides. Medium-strength peels use different solutions to penetrate and treat serious signs of damage in the layer of the skin between the epidermis and dermis. Pigment Punch™ Professional Clarity Peel clears away age spots, hormonal marks (such as melasma), and other discolorations. Clinical-strength alpha and beta hydroxyl acids lift away layers of dull cells, while plant-based Tyrostat™ brightens skin.
Just as there are many types of peels, there are also many types of light-based therapies unified by their use of energy from lasers to eliminate targeted areas of damage. Intense Pulsed Light, for example, differs from other laser technologies by its use of multiple wavelengths. The IPL Photo Facial targets photoaging caused by chronic and intense exposure to sunlight, including broken capillaries, and spots and splotches on the face, neck, chest, and hands.
While there are many photoaging-related conditions, selecting effective, safe sun damaged skin repair options in Plano, TX can be a dizzying and daunting experience. Turn to a specialized team with extensive medical knowledge to help you end the search for a solution that actually works.Back to Blog Page