How We Treat Sun Damage
We offer some of the leading cosmetic and medical treatment options to treat sun damage with the expertise of our board-certified dermatologists. If your sun damage is medically concerning, we can perform the right treatments to prevent it from transforming into skin cancer through removal methods like liquid nitrogen. Additionally, cosmetic treatments like peels, laser technologies, and even microneedling can restore your skin’s youthful glow and texture by jumpstarting collagen production. During an appointment with our team, you can discuss your best options for a treatment package that suits your skin best.
Meet Our Clara Team
The best way to reverse and prevent sun damage is by meeting with our expert dermatology team to discuss your options. To get started, we invite you to contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.
Sunlight is great for your mental health and outlook, but it’s important to keep your skin protected over a lifetime of exposure. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun damages your skin’s structure and ages it prematurely. With the right preventative steps and rejuvenation treatments, we can help reverse the signs of excessive sun damage. Our board certified dermatologists will create the ideal treatment plan for you and your goals.
Characteristics of Sun Damage
- Dry skin
- Actinic keratosis
Over time, your skin sustains damage from the sun’s UV rays which affects its cellular DNA and collagen structure. This can cause it to sag and sink, making you look aged. Additionally, actinic keratosis is small bumps that are persistent and scaly, which can sometimes develop into certain types of skin cancer. That’s why it’s extremely important to regularly check in with your dermatologist for a screening.
Types of Sun Damage
There are a few different types of sun damage that can negatively affect your skin:
- Dryness: Sun damaged skin can lose its ability to maintain moisture through its natural oils and protective barriers, bringing about symptoms like texture, cracks, and even aging over time.
- Sunburn: This is the most well-known sign of sun damage and happens when your unprotected skin is exposed to UV rays for hours at a time. It usually manifests immediately with redness, soreness, and blisters in severe cases. It then causes peeling of the outer layers of the skin.
- Actinic keratosis: Actinic keratoses are pre-cancerous lesions that are often red, scaly patches of skin. They require evaluation by your dermatologist and possible treatment to prevent progression into skin cancer.
- Photoaging: Photoaging is the process by which your skin’s underlying support structure, collagen, begins to break down and lose its suppleness. On the surface, this manifests as wrinkles and fine lines over time. Additionally, brown “age spots” can develop on the skin after sun exposure.