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175 Great Road, Bedford, MA 01730

Spotlight on Sun Damage

Sun damage, often termed photoaging, manifests as skin discoloration, freckles, age spots, a coarse or leathery texture, and fine lines, leading the skin to look prematurely aged.

Unraveling the Causes of Sun Damage

  1. Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation: Prolonged exposure to UVA and UVB rays from the sun or tanning beds harms the skin's structural collagen and elastin fibers.

  2. Unprotected Exposure: Not wearing sunscreen or protective clothing during peak sun hours can exponentially increase the risk.

  3. Repeated Burns: Regular sunburns, especially during childhood, elevate the risk of significant sun damage in adulthood.

  4. Reflections: Water, sand, and snow can reflect and intensify sun rays, increasing the risk of sun damage.

Reversing the Clock: Treatments for Sun Damage

  1. Topical Treatments: Retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), and topical antioxidants can improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin by promoting cell turnover and collagen production.

  2. Laser and Light Therapies: Procedures like fractional laser resurfacing, IPL (intense pulsed light), and LED (light-emitting diodes) therapy target damaged skin cells, promote collagen production, and even out skin tone.

  3. Chemical Peels: These involve the application of chemical solutions to exfoliate and eventually peel off the damaged outer layer, revealing fresh skin beneath.

  4. Dermabrasion & Microdermabrasion: These exfoliating techniques remove the top layers of skin, making room for new, healthier skin to emerge.

  5. Microneedling: Tiny needles create controlled injuries to the skin, stimulating its natural healing process and collagen production.

  6. Sunscreen: A broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher should be applied daily to protect against further damage.

  7. Preventive Care: Wearing hats, sunglasses, and protective clothing and seeking shade during peak sun hours can prevent additional sun damage.

Though the sun is vital for various biological processes, its rays can cast a shadow on our skin's health. Sun damage, while gradual, can have lasting and visible effects. Fortunately, with the advances in dermatological treatments, it's possible to combat and even reverse some of this damage. Please request a complimentary consultation today.

Sun Damage Causes and Treatments

Bedford, MA

Sun damage on skin manifests as discoloration, freckles, age spots, rough texture, and fine lines, often giving the skin a prematurely aged appearance..

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