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

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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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sun Damage (Definition)

Is invisible to the naked eye but when skin is exposed to it, damage to the cellular dna is caused. Over time and multiple/long-term exposure, skin cells can show signs of damage (actinic change) that can progress to skin cancer (3 main types). Severe sunburn can cause melanoma, the most deadly kind of skin cancer, and tanning beds can do the same. Squamous and basal cell ...Read more


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What's the safest treatment for the sun damage on my face and shoulders? I used to sunbathe every day when i was younger. Now that i'm in my 40s, i'm seeing more wrinkles and dark spots every day, and i've been told that my face and shoulders have sun dam

What's the safest treatment for the sun damage on my face and shoulders? I used to sunbathe every day when i was younger. Now that i'm in my 40s, i'm seeing more wrinkles and dark spots every day, and i've been told that my face and shoulders have sun dam

First : First of all, i would recommend that you use a good broad spectrum sunscreen everyday with an spf of 30 or greater. In addition, for your face, i would recommend that you consider using a combination of tretinoin (retin-a) combined with the obagi skin care system. This combination will improve the texture, fine lines, and blend in the sun damage for many patients. Lastly, an intense pulsed light laser treatment(s) can be helpful for decreasing the brown spots on your face and shoulders. ...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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I am fair skinned and have a few.Dark spots on my face. Is this sun damage or something more serious?

I am fair skinned and have a few.Dark spots on my face.  Is this sun damage or something more serious?

Depends: Dark spots may be sun damage but spots that are abnormal in shape, border looks different, the color is different and the diamter is larger need to be checked out;. These are the abcd of lesions to be worried about. A yearly skin check with your derm is important. ...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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What can be done for deep face wrinkles caused from sun damage? I am using creams now. Could a dermatologist do more?

Definitely yes: A doctor with an interest in skin care can provide you with much more powerful products to help reverse sun damage. There are many non-invasive ways to improve the health of your skin and reduce wrinkles including chemical peels, laser and ipl treatments, skin tightening procedures, neuromodulators like Botox and injectable fillers. ...Read 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

Neck skin: Neck skin is more delicate than facial skin - you can't laser it as hard and expect the same sort of recovery as you can on facial skin. So, typically it takes more treatments, each with lower power settings for the neck than the face. The exact number of treatments will depend on your individual situation, and the type of laser used. ...Read more

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