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Dr. Ira Katz
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Sun Damage (Overview)

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 cancers are more common!


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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. Ira Katz
1 doctor shared a insight

Sun Damage (Overview)

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 cancers are more common!


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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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 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)

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

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

How often should I apply sunscreen? ...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?

What is the definition or description of: sun damage?

UV radiation: 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 cancers are more common! ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
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How much sunscreen should I apply? ...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

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