How is sun damaged skin treated?

How is sun damaged skin treated?

Exposure to UVA-UVB rays from the sun can have a visibly damaging effect on the skin. Premature and accelerated ageing such as the formation of lines, age spots and dry skin texture can give the skin an appearance significantly older than its natural age. Similarly,  pre-cancerous and cancerous changes can occur after prolonged exposure to the sun. This is why it is incredibly important to wear a daily broad spectrum sunscreen (both UVA and UVB absorbing) and avoid direct sunlight and tanning beds.

Your dermatologist or GP will be able to rule out any signs of harmful skin changes, and can recommend the best course of treatment to help reverse any damage accrued. We recommend getting worrisome skin lesions or moles checked annually by your dermatologist. Here are the some aesthetic recommendations for helping to rejuvenate sun damaged skin:

Glycolic acid peels

Next generation glycolic acid peels have little downtime, if any, and can renew the skin surface, help improve skin texture, and decrease the appearance of hyperpigmentation for a smoother, more radiant and even complexion. Glycolic acid (AHAS) are naturally occurring acids; derived from fruit or fermented sugar. Your aesthetic practitioner will be able to advise on the best course of treatment; sometimes a course of three or six peels over several months may be needed to renew the skin.

Cosmeceuticals containing retinol

Cosmeceuticals are powerful skincare products with proven clinical efficacy available through aesthetic clinics. Cosmeceuticals containing retinol (a form of vitamin A) is the most effective treatment for sun damaged skin and within months of treatment; working with the skin’s natural renewal processes, the skin can be restored and resurfaced and the appearance will be drastically improved. Retinol decreases fine lines, improves skin texture and boosts collagen production as well as increasing cell turnover to reveal healthy new skin cells. Retinol needs to be used under the care of an aesthetic doctor/practitioner as it can be irritating to some skin types. Retinol also increases the skin’s sensitivity to the sun, so several precautions need to be taken such as avoiding direct sunlight and wearing a high factor SPF.

Hyaluronic acid based hydration boosters

Repeated sun exposure can degrade collagen and give the skin a dry skin texture and decrease skin softness. As we age, the skin also loses some of its ability to produce hyaluronic acid. This loss can result in dry, thinning skin with a dull complexion. Restylane skinboosters are innovative dermal fillers that utilise the intrinsic properties of hyaluronic acid, an incredibly “water loving” molecule, to revitalise and deeply hydrate the skin.

We can happily advise on the best course of action to restore your skin to its best, and aim to suggest treatments with minimal downtime. All treatments are undertaken with Dr Samizadeh and will be tailored to your needs and expectations.