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Sun Damaged Skin Treatment in New Hampshire and Massachusetts

Reverse Sun Damage on Your Skin With Treatments at Dermatology & Skin Health

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What is Sun Damaged Skin?

Sun-damaged skin describes premature aging of the skin that might change its appearance or lead to skin cancer due to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. There are two types of UV rays that cause sun-damaged skin: UVA and UVB.

UVA rays are the longer waves that activate the skin in an unhealthy way and give you a tan, but they aren’t responsible for the appearance of sunburn. They penetrate the skin deeper than UVB rays and trigger premature aging and skin cancer.

UVB rays, on the other hand, are shorter and responsible for sunburns. However, they can also accelerate early signs of aging. UVB rays are considered the most common cause of skin cancers.

Top Sun Damaged Skin Treatments by Dermatology & Skin Health

Patients from New Hampshire and Massachusetts don’t need to worry about skin damage and other related conditions caused by too much sun exposure, thanks to different medical treatments for sun-damaged skin at Dermatology & Skin Health. Our team of board-certified dermatologists and highly-trained medical professionals perform each skin treatment inside state-of-the-art facilities to ensure your safety and comfort.

By consulting with us now, you can find out which sun damage treatment option is the best pick for you. We perform UV radiation and skin cancer screening to help determine how the sun damage has affected your skin and what we can do about it. Book your first consultation with us by calling us or filling out our form online.

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At Dermatology & Skin Health, we offer world-class services done by award-winning doctors who have proven their knowledge and skills in this field. Start your journey towards achieving your best skin by contacting us today.

Who’s Affected by Sun Damage Skin?

Everyone can have sun-damaged skin when exposed to the sun and other sources of UV rays for too long. However, people with lighter skin tone are more likely to develop severe skin damage because they have less melanin in their skin than dark-skinned people. Melanin provides pigment and natural sun protection to the skin.

But aside from your skin tone, there are also other factors that affect your risk of skin damage from UV light. You should be extra careful under the sun if you:

  • Have a history of skin cancer
  • Are diagnosed with an auto-immune disease like lupus
  • Take medications that increase your sensitivity to sunlight
  • Are usually indoors but get intense sun exposure now and then
  • Have freckles and sunburn before tanning
  • Have large or irregular moles

When to See a Dermatologist for Sun Damaged Skin?

Too much sun exposure may lead to a wide range of skin problems – from something as mild as sunburns, sun spots, dark spots, and age spots to more severe conditions like actinic keratosis and skin cancer. Make sure to see a dermatologist immediately if you notice serious signs of sun damage on the skin like:

  • Blisters along with bad sunburn
  • Severe pain and fever
  • Rough and scaly patches of discolored skin that are itchy
  • Irregular moles that change in color or size

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 important 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 and fine lines, brown spots, melasma, uneven skin tone, changes in skin texture, and dull, congested skin.

UVA sun damage can be sneaky; often, you won't feel any pain or discomfort from it, but your skin is being damaged nonetheless. As time passes, skin abnormalities like uneven pigmentation can become more pronounced, and you run the risk of actinic keratoses and eventually, skin cancer.

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How Can I Protect Myself From Sun Damage?

The best way to protect yourself from sun-damaged skin is through prevention. We recommend wearing sunscreen and other skincare products that are rated as SPF 30 or higher, regardless of the weather.

If you’re going to be outside for long periods and run the possibility of sweating, you will need to reapply sunscreen regularly to ensure optimal protection. Your lips can also sustain damage from the sun. Lip balm with SPF should also be applied periodically since eating and drinking take it away.

How is Sun Damage Skin Treated?

While many medical offices don’t have the capability to treat sun-damaged skin Dermatology & Skin Health provides multiple options for the treatment of prematurely aging skin. These treatments include:

  • LimeLight IPL – This procedure is similar to most laser treatment techniques because it also uses light to reverse the damage caused by sun exposure. LimeLight Facial is highly customizable so it can specifically target the red or brown pigments on the skin.
  • CO2RE Laser/Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing – This laser skin resurfacing treatment reduces skin irregularities caused by sun damage. It involves removing the outer layers of the damaged skin using short, pulsed light energy.
  • PicoWay Laser Treatments – Laser therapy using PicoWay laser devices are effective in treating different skin conditions, including acne scars, uneven skin tone, and sun-damaged skin. Some PicoWay lasers are also used for laser tattoo removal procedures.
  • VBeam Perfecta – VBeam Prima laser treatments are one of the most requested procedures at Dermatology & Skin Health. It treats sun-damaged skin and other skin conditions without the need for surgical skin procedures. VBeam is a highly-effective laser therapy that improves the skin’s overall health and condition without the usual downtime that other treatments have.
  • Pellevé – This FDA-approved laser treatment tightens the skin and reverses the signs of sun damage. It delivers radiofrequency waves to the deep layers of the skin to encourage the growth of new skin cells and increase natural collagen production.

FAQs About Sun Damage Skin

Q: Does chemical peel treatment work for sun damaged skin?

A: Chemical peels are a popular acne treatment option that also works for reversing the signs of sun damage on the skin. But since it uses harsh chemical exfoliants to reveal a fresh layer of skin, some patients are at risk of experiencing further irritation. Before trying any type of treatment for sun-damaged skin, make sure to consult a board-certified dermatologist first.

Q: Do I still need sunscreen if my skincare products and cosmetics already contain SPF?

A: Yes. Using products that already have some SPF content isn’t always enough to protect your skin from sun damage. It’s still better to apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 regularly to make sure you have enough protection from harmful UV rays. 

Q: Are scars more susceptible to sun damage, sunburn, or skin cancer?

A: Yes, fresh scars are more likely to develop sunburns than the rest of the skin. When combined with prolonged sun exposure, the healing tissues of the scar may develop post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, causing the surrounding skin of the fresh scar to darken.

Q: Do I still need sun protection after the sun has set?

A: Yes, because there are still some remnants of harmful UV rays in the sky even after the sun has set. Make sure to always wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to give your skin adequate protection from UV radiation.

Q: Can I still get sunburn and sun damage on cloudy days?

A: Yes. Although some types of clouds limit UV rays that reach the ground, other clouds may reflect that UV radiation to your skin. Make sure to wear sunscreen every time you’re heading out regardless of how the sky looks.

Schedule Your Consultation Now at Dermatology & Skin Health

At Dermatology & Skin Health, we offer world-class services done by award-winning doctors who have proven their knowledge and skills in this field. Start your journey towards achieving your best skin by contacting us today.

Safe and Long-Term Sun Damage Skin Treatments in Seacoast, NH or North Shore, MA

If you suffer from sun damage or feel you may have sun-damaged skin, schedule a consultation at Dermatology & Skin Health. Our team specializes in a wide selection of medical treatments for sun-damaged skin, so you can trust us to provide you with the best skin solutions. 

Please fill out the request form on our site or give us a call at (603) 742-5556 (Dover & Newington), (978) 525-0100 (Peabody), (603) 965-3551 (Londonderry), or (603) 742-5556 (Bedford) to book an appointment. Get the best treatments from our team of experts and contact us today.

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