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Can staring at the sun damage your eyes when the sun is behind clouds?

Can staring at the sun damage your eyes when the sun is behind clouds?

Yes: Even on cloudy days eyes can be damaged by staring at the sun. Please use sunglasses (polarizing) and avoid staring directly at the sun. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Sun Damage (Definition)

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. ...Read more


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Are there supplements that I can take to reverse sun damage to the eyes?

Are there supplements that I can take to reverse sun damage to the eyes?

No: For age related macular degeneration, a specific vitamin/mineral/ antioxidant formula has been developed to slow the progression of this specific disease. Nothing to date has ever shown reversal of the aging changes of the eye. This also applies to other age changes such as cataract, elastosis, degenerative eyelid changes, etc. Best advice: eat plenty of vegetables/fruits, don't smoke, UV PROTECT ...Read more

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Does looking repeatedly into the sun damage your eyes? I like to take photos of the sunrise. How about if I close them and face the light?

Does looking repeatedly into the sun damage your eyes? I like to take photos of the sunrise. How about if I close them and face the light?

Possible: Looking directly at the sun can damage your eyes and it takes only seconds to do so. Be careful when looking directly at the sun. By the way if you are using a digital camera, you can look at the sun on the screen on the camera. This risk in in this case is to your camera, not your eyes. ...Read more

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Will an eye lift procedure make a big difference in the elasticity of the skin around my eyes? I have finally accepted the fact that a surgical procedure is the only way to correct the effects of age and sun damage on my eyes. Will an eye lift improve som

Will an eye lift procedure make a big difference in the elasticity of the skin around my eyes? I have finally accepted the fact that a surgical procedure is the only way to correct the effects of age and sun damage on my eyes. Will an eye lift improve som

Eyelid: Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, doesn't really change the elasticity of the eyelid skin itself. It can involve removing excess skin and repositioning or removing excess eyelid fat.

To change the skin itself topical medications and/or resurfacing may be options. ...Read more

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33 year old male, sun damage, hypopigmentation on eyelids & completely around both eyes. Loss of color. Have been pressing ginger root. Helpful?

33 year old male, sun damage, hypopigmentation on eyelids & completely around both eyes. Loss of color. Have been pressing ginger root. Helpful?

UV Rays: Were you wearing sun glasses? The area around the eyes would remain lighter shade of protected from the UV Rays when the rest of your face is exposed to the sun ...Read more

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My eyes have turned yellow because of sun damage/pollution could I use eye drops to help from time to time as I feel self-conscious of the colour?

My eyes have turned yellow because of sun damage/pollution could I use eye drops to help from time to time as I feel self-conscious of the colour?

Get exam: Yellowing of the sclera/conjunctiva can sometimes be a result of an underlying medical condition, or a structural change to the surface of the eye. Have your eyes looked at to make sure you do not have an underlying problem. Drops will not change the color. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: sun damage?

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

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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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Can Sun damage/rays cause acne? How are they treated?? What is the best way to defend myself from Sun?

Can Sun damage/rays cause acne? How are they treated?? What is the best way to defend myself from Sun?

No it does not: No sun rays do not cause acne. You should use sunscreen to defend yourself from excessive sun. Limited sun exposure is good for Vitamin D in your body. Acne is treated with benzyl peroxide washes with antibiotic combination, to which can be added retinoids cream. And some may need oral antibiotics like doxycycline.Cystic and severe acne better be treated by dermatologist as may need acne surgery&more ...Read more

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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

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Is coconut oil good for my hair to keep it moisturised? If yes, can the sun damage my hair when the coconut oil is applied? Thanks

Is coconut oil good for my hair to keep it moisturised? If yes, can the sun damage my hair when the coconut oil is applied? Thanks

CoconutOil, Hair, Sun: For some people, coconut oil may keep hair moisturized, however, for certain conditions & people, coconut oil may not be recommended. Although typically the combination of sun & pure coconut oil does not damage hair, sun itself can be damaging to hair with or without coconut oil. Additive ingredients may also cause damage. It is best to seek evaluation & assessment from a medical professional. ...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

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

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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Rash on neck? Sun damage

Rash on neck? Sun damage

Rash: Rashes are like baskins robbins, they come in 31 different flavors. You really need to see a doctor for a rash since the only way to get an effective evaluation and treatment is for a doctor to see the rash in-person. ...Read more

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Does retin-a reverse sun damage?

Does retin-a reverse sun damage?

Retin-A: Retin-a users reported improvements in skin texture, including diminished wrinkles and brown spots. Early studies soon confirmed its anti-aging effects. In 1988, dr. Voorhees and his colleagues at michigan published the first double-blind study of retin-a’s effect on photodamaged skin and found that all 30 patients who completed the 16-week study showed statistically significant improvement. ...Read more

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Please describe a good skin treatment for sun damage?

Please describe a good skin treatment for sun damage?

Solar damaged skin: Solar damage facial: apply 10 mashed blueberries mixed with 1 tbsp plain yogurt to skin x 15”. Rinse. ...Read more

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Can a chemical peel reverse sun damage to skin such roughness and spots?

Can a chemical peel reverse sun damage to skin such roughness and spots?

Yes: There are different peels available. I like the ones containing Retin-A and hydroquinone or abutase for removing sun spots. ...Read more

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I have discoloration in my chest and neck only its like a brown signs I tried many cortisone creams nothing help its not a sun damage I m sure?

I have discoloration in my chest and neck only its like a brown signs I tried many cortisone creams nothing help its not a sun damage I m sure?

Brown discolation.: The are so many possible diagnosis for what you described. Everything ranging from tines versicolor to exta facial melas a. Your best bet is to go to your dermatologist so they can start treating you for the appropriate diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have developed few white patches on my skin recently. I visited a dermatologist and he said it was due to sun damage. Suggest me good sunblock?

I have developed few white patches on my skin recently. I visited a dermatologist and he said it was due to sun damage. Suggest me good sunblock?

Tinea versicolor?: It is a bit unusual to have sun-damaged skin resulting in white-patches at age 18. It is much more common to have a fungal infection called tinea versicolor--this rash typically shows in summer months because everywhere else can tan and these infected areas cannot. The resulting contrast allows you to see the white patches. This is common, but not dangerous. It is treatable. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to get rid of a small lesion on my forehead from sun damage?

What is the best thing to get rid of a small lesion on my forehead from sun damage?

Be careful: I would see a dermatologist. If that's just sun damage it will be easily taken care of but if its a melanoma it is serious and requires surgical removal. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get actinic keratosis on an area of skin that has had little sun damage?

Yes: It is common on face, scalp and arms, but can oocur on the legs, back or. Chest. Sun is major factor but light skin color and weakened local immune system are also factors. These are treatable with cream, cryosurgery, electrosurgery. ...Read more

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Will tactupump help with my hyper-pigmentation from sun-damage and dark acne scaring or will it hinder it?

Will tactupump help with my hyper-pigmentation from sun-damage and dark acne scaring or will it hinder it?

Different pill: May try different contraception. May use Hydroquinone cream for dark pigmentation. Sun protection. Retin A may help with preserving a youthful skin ...Read more

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I've used atralin on my face for years with great cosmetic results. Can you suggest a retinoid for the body to help with smooth minimal sun damage?

I've used atralin on my face for years with great cosmetic results. Can you suggest a retinoid for the body to help with smooth minimal sun damage?

Differin: Atralin is an expensive brand of tretinoin, no better than a less expensive generic. Now you can get OTC Differin [adapalin] for $12. It is more effective and less irritating than tretinoin. You can get it in larger size for higher price. ...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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