Sun Damage and Treatment
Many of us love the outdoors whether its tennis, golf, fishing, or yard work, we spend more and more time baking in the sun. As a result, our skin can develop sun damage. These changes, while not harmful, can definitely change the appearance of our skin and not for the better. We also know that sun damage over time can also lead to the development of more serious problems such as skin cancer.
At Skin Care Physicians of Georgia (SCPOG), we have a wide variety of treatments to correct sun damage and remove unwanted sun spots. Our team of board-certified dermatologists and aestheticians use results-oriented skincare products to help maintain, enhance, and restore your skin’s youthful appearance. We often combine these products with minimally invasive, non-surgical procedures to help reverse unwanted sun damage. These procedures include light-based options (fractional laser and IPL); fractional radiofrequency with microneedling; skin peels, and other exciting options.
We all know the importance of sunscreen, but let’s face it, we haven’t always used it. The result? Sun damaged skin. Long term sun exposure may result not only in changes in appearance and texture but can also contribute to premalignant and malignant skin cancers.
Prevention is always a great option
Any time is a great time to prevent damage from excessive sun exposure.
- Sunscreen -ALWAYS use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or above that protects against both UV-A and UV-B rays. Sunscreens are considered either physical or chemical, with both being effective. Daily use is essential. Remember- you get approximately 80% of the sun’s UV ray exposure on a cloudy day! It is definitely possible to get a sunburn on a cloudy day. Application should be done approximately 15 minutes before going outside and don’t forget your lips and ears!
- Sunglasses – UV light can cause damage to your eyes as well, so always wear sunglasses with both UV-A and UV-B protection.
- Limit your time in the sun – Sunlight has a positive effect for our bodies with the production of vitamin D. However, too much sun can have the opposite effect. Limit the amount of time you are exposed, especially during peak hours, usually between 10 am and 3pm.
- Protective Clothing – When you can, try to wear long pants and long sleeves when you are going to be out in the sun. You can find breathable, lightweight options that also provide SPF protection. Make it a habit to grab a hat with a wide brim as well.
- Be Aware of Medications – Some medications and topical creams can cause you to be more sensitive to the sun’s rays. Be sure to ask you doctor about any prescriptions you are on and how they may affect photosensitivity.
- Have Regular Skin Checks – Be sure to visit your dermatologist to go over any bumps, spots or moles that seem to be changing or look suspect. By staying on top of your skin condition, you can possibly prevent cancer before it happens.
Treatment Options for Sun Damage and Brown Spots
- Topical Treatments
- Chemical Peels
- Laser Resurfacing
- Radiofrequency microneedling
- Blue Light Therapy
Whether you’ve experienced your first sunburn or you spent your younger days in the sun and are seeing the effects of it now, call us to schedule a consultation to see how we can help improve your skin’s appearance and sun damage.