People of all skin types develop sun damaged skin on the face, chest and neck, the hands and arms, and the legs. Sun damage occurs from repeated long-term expose to UVA and UVB, resulting in brown spots (liver spots, sun freckles), dilated blood vessels and fine lines and wrinkles. Fortunately, there are multiple sun damaged skin treatments that our providers at Advanced Dermatology can employ.Our two locations, Lincolnshire and Glencoe, both now offer the Fraxel treatment to treat pigmentation and sun damage skin. Call to schedule your appointment today at 847-459-6400.
The treatments range from topical therapies to laser treatments. It is important to start a skin care regimen that will both prevent and repair sun damaged skin. In order to remove the sun damage, we recommended prescription hydroquinoine with retinoid or retinols such as skinfo® Vital Tea Regenerate Serum 3x or SkinMedica Tri-Retinol Complex. Of course, in order to achieve the desired result of this sun damaged skin treatment; the use of these medications must be accompanied by sun avoidance and adequate and consistent application of sunblock.
We recommend patients use sunscreen with at least 5% zinc oxide daily, such as skinfo® Vital Lite Protect Sunscreen SPF 50+ and EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 for the face. We also recommend the use of a daily antioxidant such as Skinceuticals CE Ferulic and skinfo® C Synergy Serum. Antioxidants work by protecting the skin from future sun damage. Priori Cellular Recovery Serum can also be used to reverse sun damage by repairing cellular DNA damage caused by free radicals.
Laser treatments, including Photorejuvenation, Fraxel and Q-switched, can also repair sun damaged skin. Photorejuvenation treatments tackle redness and brown spots on the face caused by skin sun damage with little or no downtime. This is also called Photofacial, Fotofacial or IPL, and it is a non-invasive procedure that makes your face look more youthful by removing and reversing sun damage, signs of rosacea and reducing pores or acne spots. Although it's been around for about 10 years, it remains one of the most popular treatments due to its low downtime and effective results. Fraxel® Laser Treatments improve texture surface irregularities, scarred areas, fine wrinkles, and sun damage. Fraxel® is a revolutionary laser therapy that produces thousands of tiny but deep columns of precisely wounded skin, known as microthermal zones (MTZ). This is based on a grid and this "fractional" treatment allows the skin to heal much faster because there is normal skin between the wounded areas. Fraxel® is an excellent treatment for sun damaged skin as it tackles both the brown spots and fine wrinkles associated excessive sun exposure.
The Q-switched laser is also a sun damaged skin treatment and is used to remove unwanted brown spot or sun freckles. The laser energy pulse, which is in billionths of a second, releases the pigment into the skin so it can be naturally reabsorbed and disposed of by the body. The Q-switched laser is appropriate if you have a few isolated spots of sun damage on the face, chest, arms or legs.