What Is Sun-damaged Skin?
Sun-damaged skin describes premature aging of the skin and skin cancer due to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. There are two types of UV rays that cause sun-damaged skin: UVA and UVB. UVAs are longer-wave rays that activate the skin in an unhealthy way and will give you a tan. These rays are not responsible for sunburns. They penetrate the skin deeper than UVB rays and trigger premature aging and skin cancer.
UVB, on the other hand, are shorter-wave rays that are responsible for sunburns, but they can also accelerate early signs of aging. UVB rays are considered the most common cause of skin cancers.
What Are the Consequences of Sun Damage?
Sun damage hurts the skin’s ability to maintain essential components, such as antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, vitamins, ceramides, and essential fatty acids. All of these components keep our skin looking youthful and healthy.
In addition to potentially life-threatening skin cancer, the long-term consequences of unprotected sun exposure include wrinkles, age spots, and dull, congested skin as well as the breakdown of collagen and elastin. UVA sun damage can be sneaky; often, you won’t feel any pain or discomfort, but your skin is being harmed nonetheless. As time passes, skin abnormalities can become more pronounced, and you run the risk of skin cancer.
How Can I Protect Myself?
The best way to protect yourself from sun damage is prevention. Dr. Elain recommends wearing sunscreen that is rated as SPF 30 or higher, regardless of the weather. If you are going to be outside for long periods and run the possibility of sweating, sunscreen will need to be applied regularly to ensure optimal protection. Your lips can also sustain damage from the sun. Lip balm with SPF should be used periodically since eating and drinking can cause it to fade.
How Does Dr. Elain Treat Sun-damaged Skin?
Many medical practices cannot treat sun-damaged skin, but Dr. Elain provides multiple options for the treatment of prematurely aging skin. She uses a comprehensive and individualized approach to treating skin with PicoSure skin lightening treatments. Instead of invasive methods, PicoSure uses innovative picosecond technology to improve the skin’s appearance.
Request an Appointment In Irvine, California
Dr. Elain is passionate about safe and proven non-invasive treatments. She will create a custom treatment plan to treat your sun damage, boost your confidence, and deliver natural results. Request your consultation online or reach her by phone at (714) 556-8664.