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Doctor insights on: Sun Damage

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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Sun Damage (Overview)

Sun damage takes two forms. The sun damages the skin resulting in loss of elasticity along with wrinkles and discoloration. Over time it also brings on skin cancer if the skin has been repeatedly damaged and there is no sun protection. Hence, use sun block.


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Does isotretinoin cause irreversible sun damage? Will it cause permanent darkening of skin due to sun exposure?

Does isotretinoin cause irreversible sun damage? Will it cause permanent darkening of skin due to sun exposure?

Not likely: Topical Isotretinoin is well known to cause photosensitivity (easy burning) from bright sun light exposure. This will cause temporary redness and soreness, but not permanent change. Interestingly, Isotretinoin and other so-called retinoid agents have been successfully used for years to actually help reverse chronic sun damage. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Sun Damage (Overview)

Sun damage takes two forms. The sun damages the skin resulting in loss of elasticity along with wrinkles and discoloration. Over time it also brings on skin cancer if the skin has been repeatedly damaged and there is no sun protection. Hence, use sun block.


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If the doctor says you have sun damage on your face. Does that mean it is skin cancer?

If the doctor says you have sun damage on your face. Does that mean it is skin cancer?

No: Not at all. ..It probably means you need to more careful when you're in the sun to prevent risk for developing skin cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
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Sun damage (Tip)

How do I protect my head from the sun? ...See more

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What's the best way to treat uneven skin pigmentation due to sun damage?

What's the best way to treat uneven skin pigmentation due to sun damage?

Several ways: 1. Retin-a cream
2. Hydroquinone for hyperpigmented areas
3. Intense pulsed light (ipl) for hyperpigmented areas
4. Chemical peels or laser resurfacing for texture or wrinkle issues. ...Read more

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Should I avoid the sun after being treated with a fractional laser? I work in construction, so I spend a lot of time outside. That may be why I have dark spots and wrinkles from sun damage. I want to correct my damaged skin with a fractional laser treatme

Should I avoid the sun after being treated with a fractional laser? I work in construction, so I spend a lot of time outside. That may be why I have dark spots and wrinkles from sun damage. I want to correct my damaged skin with a fractional laser treatme

Yes!!: It is essential to avoid the sun immediately following your laser treatment. Your skin is more sun sensitive, and pigmentation issues are more likely for freshly-lasered skin. Speak to your doctor about this. ...Read more

Dr. Malina Milan Dr. Milan
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Sun damage (Tip)

Avoid peak sun hours. Wear hat and sunglasses and of course sunscreen when outdoors. ...See more

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What is something good to use on your skin to reverse sun damage?

What is something good to use on your skin to reverse sun damage?

Combo of products: First of all you need to restrict your sun exposure with a reflective block and larger brimmed hat. Ipl or intense pulsed light will improve pigment from sun. Using glycolic acid products, anti-oxidants and moisture cream may also give you better looking skin. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for sun damage and brown spots snd mild cystic acne scar removal on the face?

What is the best treatment for sun damage and brown spots snd mild cystic acne scar removal on the face?

Several: Intense pulsed light (ipl) is really good for
sun damage but especially the brown spots. Chiemical peels can work too depending on the damage as well as on some acne scars. Other acne scars may need lasers or certain type of in office surgical intervention. ...Read more

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Sun damage (Tip)

Never leave your campsite without first aid kit, signal, fire ability, two days' water, and shelter. ...See more

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How many fractional laser treatments should I get? I have always been good about using sunscreen on my face, but since I haven't routinely put it on my neck, I have wrinkles and sun damage on the skin there. Will I be able to improve the look of the skin

How many fractional laser treatments should I get? I have always been good about using sunscreen on my face, but since I haven't routinely put it on my neck, I have wrinkles and sun damage on the skin there. Will I be able to improve the look of the skin

Depends on laser etc: This will depend on the energy of the laser and the depth of treatment and your skin type and damage. You may want to space treatment by 3-4 months or less as recommended by your physician. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of blemishes & skin sun damage?

How do I get rid of blemishes & skin sun damage?

Lentigines: A very effective treatment for lentigines is topical application of vitamin c. When vitamin c is used in combination with Alpha hydroxyacids, results are better.
Using Retin-A is another good treatment for lentigines. It is recommended to apply Retin-A cream for six months, once daily. It lightens the large spots and small spots disappear completely. Retin-a cream with Alpha hydroxyacids is better. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
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Sun damage (Tip)

How much sunscreen should I apply? ...See more

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Is it possible to reverse the sun damage on my face?

Depends: Sun damage occurs from excess time in the sun and the sensitivity of the skin to the sun. It can be improved upon but not fully reversed. The earlier you start the better. Mild sun damage can use good skin care products, regular peels and intense pulse light lasers. More severe sun damage will need good skin care, deep peels or resurfacing lasers to help. Use sunblock, minimize sun & no smoking. ...Read more

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Can I get sun damage in less than one minute of sun each day?

Not very likely: With that kind of history, your sun damage isn't likely to be significant, compared to people that spend time or work outside. But, in florida, we recommend that everybody use sunscreen routinely - as driving in the car, and walking from the car to the mall, etc., - you can still build up a significant exposure. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
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Sun damage (Tip)

I am black. Which spf sunscreen should I use? ...See more

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Are basal cell carcinoma due to sun damage?

Are basal cell carcinoma due to sun damage?

Nearly all: A few, perhaps, are not. For example, welders will get them under their chins where the ultraviolet light thrown off by the torch strikes their unprotected skin. We must also not forget tanning beds as a source of basal cell as well as therapeutic uv (puva) used to treat psoriasis. Rare patients with basal cell nevus syndrome get many basal cells, but even then, mostly in sun-exposed areas. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: sun damage?

Healthy Skin: Sun damage takes two forms. The sun damages the skin resulting in loss of elasticity along with wrinkles and discoloration. Over time it also brings on skin cancer if the skin has been repeatedly damaged and there is no sun protection. Hence, use sun block. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
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Sun damage (Tip)

How often should I apply sunscreen? ...See more

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Can I get sun damage in less than one minute of sun each day?

Not very likely: With that kind of history, your sun damage isn't likely to be significant, compared to people that spend time or work outside. But, in florida, we recommend that everybody use sunscreen routinely - as driving in the car, and walking from the car to the mall, etc., - you can still build up a significant exposure. ...Read more

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Can microdermabrasion reverse sun-damage?

Can microdermabrasion reverse sun-damage?

Sun damage: Technically no. Microdermabrasion can improve ones appearance. However, the term "sun-damage" means more than just external and visible damage to the skin. Ultraviolet radiation can cause changes to the superficial dermis that microdermabrasion (or dermabrasion) cannot reach. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
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Sun damage (Tip)

How often should I apply sunscreen if I go swimming? ...See more

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I've got sun damage on half my face! Please help!?

Use sun block: Using sun block will assist in further damage. If you skin is irritated from the sun use mild creams and stay out of the sun until it resolves. Sun damage that causes dark pigment can be improved with IPL or intense pulsed light. ...Read more

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Is seborherric keratosis caused by sun damage as well as aging?

Is seborherric keratosis caused by sun damage as well as aging?

Probably: BOTH...but mostly aging of the skin...and "weathering"


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Sun damage (Tip)

Do I need to wear sunscreen if I will be indoors? ...See more

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What is something good to use on your skin to reverse sun damage?

Combo of products: First of all you need to restrict your sun exposure with a reflective block and larger brimmed hat. Ipl or intense pulsed light will improve pigment from sun. Using glycolic acid products, anti-oxidants and moisture cream may also give you better looking skin. ...Read more

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Is it possible to reverse the sun damage on my face?

Depends: Sun damage occurs from excess time in the sun and the sensitivity of the skin to the sun. It can be improved upon but not fully reversed. The earlier you start the better. Mild sun damage can use good skin care products, regular peels and intense pulse light lasers. More severe sun damage will need good skin care, deep peels or resurfacing lasers to help. Use sunblock, minimize sun & no smoking. ...Read more

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Can you truly reverse some sun damage to your skin? How? Or it it just a temporary effect of the anti aging makeup used?

Can you truly reverse some sun damage to your skin? How? Or it it just a temporary effect of the anti aging makeup used?

Use sunscreen vit E: Please use sunscreen when exposed to sun, going forward. Vitamin e cream does help to heal skin, which turns over fairly quickly. Vitamin a and d also help with skin and does come in cream form. Sun damage usually causes dryness- so a good moisturizer is beneficial as well- such as eucerin cream. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of blemishes & skin sun damage?

Lentigines: A very effective treatment for lentigines is topical application of vitamin c. When vitamin c is used in combination with Alpha hydroxyacids, results are better.
Using Retin-A is another good treatment for lentigines. It is recommended to apply Retin-A cream for six months, once daily. It lightens the large spots and small spots disappear completely. Retin-a cream with Alpha hydroxyacids is better. ...Read more