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Sun Damage Treatment in Miami

How is the sun harmful to humans?

When your skin is exposed to the sun, it’s also exposed to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays that are naturally given off by the sun. These UV rays can cause damage to the skin over time, especially if you have sensitive skin or experience sunburns easily. If you think you may have been overexposed to the sun or have experienced sun damage, check with your trusted dermatologist. Your dermatologist can examine your skin thoroughly to determine if you’ve suffered from skin damage due to sun exposure, as well as recommend treatment options that are proven successful in improving your skin’s condition.

Can sunburn permanently damage skin?

Sun damage can be improved or even reversed with the help of an experienced dermatologist. There are numerous skin treatment options that can heal sun damaged skin. In addition, you can make changes to your day-to-day lifestyle to help improve your skin’s appearance and avoid future skin damage. To help reverse the signs of damaged skin, consult with your skin doctor and try to implement the following lifestyle changes to prevent further damage:

  • Use protective clothing when outdoors–especially during the sunniest times of the day
  • Make a habit of applying sunscreen every morning
  • Invest in sunglasses that are UV-resistant 
  • Avoid being outdoors during peak sunlight hours (10:00 am–3:00 pm)

What does skin damage from the sun look like?

Sun damage to the skin may look different, depending on how long it has been since your skin was exposed. Below are some of the symptoms of sun damage you may notice.

Immediate Sun Damage Symptoms

  • Red skin
  • Flaky skin
  • Sunburned skin
  • Wrinkly skin
  • Scaly skin
  • Dry skin

Long-term Sun Damage Symptoms

  • Small bumps on the skin
  • Pink, red, yellow, and/or brown patches of skin
  • Blood vessels that are fragile
  • Deep wrinkles or lines
  • Thick, leathery skin
  • Premature signs of skin aging

Symptoms of long-term skin damage could also be a sign of a more serious skin problem in some cases. Make sure you schedule a visit with your trusted dermatologist if you notice any of the above signs of long-term sun damage. 

Does sun damage cause wrinkles?

In many cases, long-term sun damage will result in wrinkles and other signs of premature aging. Most commonly, those who notice sun damage wrinkles experience lip wrinkles and eye wrinkles. Many people also notice changes in their skin tone or texture, which can include black, red, brown, white, tan, or pale patches or spots. If you notice lines, wrinkles, changes in color, changes in texture, or any other signs of sun damage, consult your dermatologist. Your doctor can perform a full skin health check and examine your skin for possible sun damage. 

How can you tell if you have sun damage?

The most common sun damage symptoms can be found below:

  • Freckling
  • Sun spots
  • Age spots
  • Sun damage
  • Wrinkles
  • Changes in skin color
  • Red skin

Do I have sun damaged skin?

If you notice any of the above-listed symptoms of skin damage, see your dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis. Your dermatologist can recommend the best solution to help reverse or improve your sun damage as well as offer you options to prevent future sun damage.

It is possible to reverse sun damage?

Sun damage can be reversed in some cases with the help of an experienced dermatologist. There are several dermatologist-recommended treatment options, including chemical peels and microdermabrasion, that could help improve sun damage to your skin. However, even after undergoing sun damage treatment, your skin is still susceptible to repeat sun damage. In order to maintain the improvements you see following your treatment, be sure to wear protective clothing, avoid direct and prolonged sun exposure, and apply sunblock every morning.

What is the best treatment for sun damaged skin?

Each person’s skin is unique, so it’s important to consult with an experienced dermatologist to decide which treatment will be best for you. Some of the most popular treatments for sun damage from a dermatologist may include:

  • Microdermabrasion for sun damage
  • Laser skin treatment for sun spot removal
  • Medications to improve sun damage
  • Cryotherapy to reduce sun damage

 

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