Sun Damage and Your Skin

Posted on April 25, 2017 by:

As you may already know, excessive sun exposure can have some major effects on your skin. This includes wrinkles, sun spots, premature aging, and more. So if you’ve already spent years and years in the sun before you were aware of the harmful damage it could do, how do you fix the lines and wrinkles or sun spots? Let’s take a few steps back to see where it all began.

How does sunlight damage your skin?

UV rays can penetrate deep into the skin to damage the dermis. The dermis is made up of the stretchy tissues, therefore, it damages the elasticity which leads to aging skin and unwanted wrinkles. As for the top layers, the rays cause burning which can increase your chances of skin cancer. The fairer your skin, the less melanin you have to protect against these harmful rays. Whether or not you’re seeing the physical burning of sun damage, your skin is still at risk! So just because you didn’t get burned, doesn’t mean that you underlying skin isn’t being targeted.

What are the long-term effects of sun damage?

As we said, sun damage is clearly visible when you have a sunburn. The worst of it comes later in life after continuous exposure which leads to premature aging with wrinkles, brown spots, wart-like growths, and possibly skin cancer.

How can I protect my skin?

  • Wear hats to cover your face and neck
  • Wear sunscreen every day, even if you aren’t headed to the beach!
  • Bring a canopy for shade when you’re outside— at the park, on the beach, etc.

Can I reverse the effects of sun damage?

If you are at a stage where UV rays have caused wrinkling, sun spots, and other visible damage, there is a way to improve the look of your skin. Doctors today are looking to C02 Fractional Laser Resurfacing to rejuvenate the skin from sun damage and premature aging.

What is C02 Fractional Laser Resurfacing?

This non-surgical skin treatment uses pulsed, fractionated light energy to target areas deep within the skin to initiate the production of new collagen and elastin. This resurfacing technique will help reduce age spots, improve uneven coloration and texture, laxity, and more. After the treatment, your skin will tighten and smooth wrinkles, and reduce the appearance of spots caused by sun damage. As your skin continues to repair itself over time after the treatments, your results will continue to improve.

To reverse the effects of sun damage, C02 Fractional Laser Resurfacing may be the perfect solution for you. Contact MetroMD in Los Angeles, California to schedule your consultation and get a customized skin renewal treatment to fit your needs!

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