Reducing Age Spots and Sun Damage

FraxelWe all love to spend time in the sun even though we know it can damage our skin. Sun damage can cause age spots, wrinkles, discoloration, and more. Even so, we can hardly expect to stay inside all the time. Outdoor activities are one of the many things that make Marin County wonderful, and it would be a shame to miss time spent outside because we’re afraid of getting some sun.

Thankfully, there are ways to prevent or reduce the skin damage that comes with sun exposure. One of the first and most important skin protection tips to remember is, of course, to wear your sunscreen! Sunburns can harm multiple layers of your skin and cause discoloration and peeling, but it’s really the long-term sun exposure you have to watch out for. As popular as tanning and outdoor activities are, it’s very important to protect yourself from excessive sunshine with sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, or umbrellas. Prolonged exposure over time results in early aging of the skin, including wrinkles and age spots. Since it’s the sun’s radiation that causes these issues, this also applies to tanning beds, so keep that in mind before you tan!

However, once the damage is already done, there are ways to reduce the appearance of lines and age spots. At the Laser Center of Marin, we offer a number of treatments that will tighten, even, and tone skin to restore your youthful glow. The Fraxel laser treatment, in particular, works by encouraging the skin’s natural healing process in order to smooth wrinkles and minimize dark age spots. The treatment involves minimal downtime for patients, so it’s ideal for people looking to restore their skin and reverse sun damage without a significant impact to their lifestyle. In addition, the Fraxel DUAL system is indicated for actinic keratosis (AKs), melasma, treatment of periorbital wrinkles, acne scars and surgical scars.

It’s understandable to want to look a little sun-kissed, but if the sun starts to take its toll, come see the specialists at the Laser Center of Marin.