How Does The Sun Damage Skin?
The sun can affect your skin in a variety of ways.
When sunlight hits our skin, the ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage cells called keratinocytes. Tanning beds and sunlamps can have the same effect, if not worse. These skin cells live in the outermost layer of the skin, the epidermis, and they give our skin its texture. UV rays can cause skin cells to lose their elasticity, resulting in wrinkles and sunspots (also known as age spots). Damaged skin can feel rough and scaly, sometimes resulting in bums and horn-like growths. The skin can appear discolored, with brown, black, and red spots.
Can Sunblock Prevent Aging of the Skin?
For those who grew up in the 1960s or 1970s, the idea of protecting the skin was foreign.
Using baby oil and foil reflectors at the beach was commonplace, and a “healthy tan” was a sign of skin vitality. Fast forward a few decades and we now see the effects of that sun damage as deep wrinkles, leathery skin, and precancerous growths called actinic keratoses (AK). Of course, the end result can be skin cancer.
It is important that one wear sunblock (SPF 30 or better) every day to protect the skin long-term. This is true for all complexions, but, in particular, those who are naturally blond and have light eyes need additional protection.
How We Help
What Treatments Exist for Sun Damage?
At your Allegro MedSpa consultation, we will evaluate and examine your skin for signs of ultraviolet ray damage.
Besides a medical-grade skincare regimen, we may recommend a series of peels, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), or fractionated laser treatments (Fraxel, Resurfx, or Fx CO2). Healthy skin is a sign of youth and we can restore your skin to feel refreshed and healthy.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens to sun damaged skin?
Humans get most their sun exposure before age 18, at a time when many are not thinking of protecting their skin. Not only does sun damage predispose to wrinkles and leathery skin, but it can also increase your risk of skin cancer.
How can I help my skin if ti has been sun damaged?
It is never too late to begin protecting your skin, using products with SPF 30. In addition, superficial sun spots and age spots can be treated with chemical peels and lasers.
Should I get laser skin resurfacing, a chemical peel, or dermabrasion?
After listening to your skin problems, we will help you decide if laser skin resurfacing, a chemical peel, or dermabrasion treatment will achieve your goals. While they all improve the surface of the skin, each has its own benefits and drawbacks. During your consultation, we can review each option and make a recommendation for your treatment.
How often should I get laser resurfacing treatments?
Depending on the resurfacing options selected for your treatment, you may need to wait several weeks or even months between appointments. Deeper treatments will provide longer-lasting results but w
From Our Clients
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Ready to turn back time on your sun-damaged skin? Schedule a consultation with our team of specialists in northern California to learn more about how we can help.