Sun damage on your face is premature skin aging from repeated exposure to ultraviolet (UV) sun rays. Normal aging that occurs inevitably with time can be difficult to distinguish from aging skin related to sun damage.
Both fine and coarse wrinkles, age spots (red and brown), hyperpigmentation, rough skin texture, and loss of elasticity are the hallmarks of sun damage. Certain skin types are particularly prone to these cosmetic changes, known as ‘photoaging.’
What Causes Sun Damage on the Face?
Touch a child’s skin, and it bounces right back. Glorious, isn’t it? This is called elasticity. Your skin is a scaffold made up of a meshwork of collagen, elastin, and other proteins. Collagen breakdown by UV light is one of the main culprits leading to wrinkles and loss of elasticity. UV rays also cause the epidermis (outer skin layer) to thin out. Not only does our collagen supply diminish over time, but changes at the cellular level prevent our DNA from manufacturing new collagen.
Fortunately, treatments exist to reverse some of these signs of sun damage. In combination with a good skincare regimen and sun protection, they can help prevent further damage.
What Are Age Spots or Hyperpigmentation?
Age spots or sun spots vary from light tan to dark brown, forming in locations prone to increased sun exposure. The medical term for age spots is solar lentigo. Our skin has pigment factories called melanocytes, and brown spots form when the sun causes these skin factories to overproduce melanin, a process called hyperpigmentation.
Face Forward Medical Aesthetics in Lexington, MA, offers the following solutions for sun-damaged skin:
RF microneedling builds on traditional microneedling by employing state-of-the-art radiofrequency RF microneedling builds on traditional microneedling by employing state-of-the-art radiofrequency energy to stimulate collagen regeneration.
The Halo laser has revolutionized skin resurfacing by combining ablative and non-ablative wavelengths to effortlessly revitalize your look. Sciton’s Halo is the only hybrid fractional laser, delivering precise results with less downtime by combining the benefits of ablative and non-ablative wavelengths.
Microneedling works by creating tiny micro-injuries in the skin that trigger a wound-healing response. Collagen stores are renewed, creating a more youthful, radiant complexion.
BBL uses BroadBand Light to combat sun damage, facial aging, and blemishes. The skin is restored to a naturally beautiful, clear appearance.
Chemical peels come in mild, medium, and deep. Each peel can be customized to address your unique skincare needs, whether it’s wrinkles and lines, hyperpigmentation, or a poor skin texture and tone.
Medical-grade skincare products offer solutions for cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, and protecting the skin and can be invaluable in helping to preserve your treatment results after a cosmetic procedure.