We all love the sun, but nothing is harder on your skin than constant sun exposure. Sooner or later, your skin is going to show the signs of sun damage, whether you’re an actual sun worshipper or just a lover of the outdoors. If you are unhappy with the appearance of sun damaged skin, Aesthetic Allure℠ can help. Using a combination of lasers and skin treatments, we can make your skin not only look better, but be healthier as well.
What Causes Sun Damage/ Age spots?
Sun damage is caused by frequent exposure to damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV is an undetectable form of radiation emitted by the sun. There are two types of UV rays, UVA and UVB. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and are the major source of early aging and skin cancer. UVB rays primarily access the surface of the skin and are the key source of sunburns.
Age spots are flat brown-black spots that usually occur in sun-exposed areas on the body. Age spots are sometimes called brown spots or liver spots. They are completely unrelated to the liver or liver function. The increased pigmentation of age spots is brought on by aging, exposure to sun or to other forms of ultraviolet lights.
What Increases the Sun's Damaging Effects?
We are all vulnerable to the harmful effects of the sun. However, some people may be more at risk than others. People that have sustained burns are definitely in one of the top groups of individuals that are at a higher risk. Below you will see a list of what else can put you in a high risk bracket.
- Where you live: If you live closer to the equator, the sun is directly overhead and the UV rays are stronger. Anyone who lives in the mountain regions should be cautious as well. Studies there is a roughly an 8% to 10% increase in UV intensity for each 1,000 feet of increased altitude.
- How do you live: Do you enjoy outdoor activities? Remember, sun damage accumulates over time the more you are exposed, the more damaged your skin becomes. Apply sun protection ever time you venture out.
- Your Medications: Certain medications, such as antibiotics, cause heightened sensitivity to the sun. Ask your doctor if any of your medications can cause photosensitivity.
- Genetics: Are you fair skinned with light hair (red or blonde) and freckles? If so, you are at a higher risk of succumbing to sun damage. If you have a family history of skin cancer, take extra measures and use daily sun protection.
Treating sun damage
Reverse the sight of damaged skin. This is a quick and comfortable laser procedure with little to no downtime, used for improving the overall appearance of your skin.
Three-step combination sessions will rejuvenate your skin and expose a new glow.
1. Laser spot removal
2. Chemical peel