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Sun Damaged Skin Treatment Options

Spending hours under the sun can wreak havoc to a sensitive skin and may cause sagging skin, pigmentation, sunburn and dehydration. Exposure to ultraviolet light leads to premature aging also known as photoaging, making a person look older than their actual age.

UV rays impact skin by both thickening and thinning by causing fine lines and wrinkles further making it pale and prone to bruising, tearing and injuries. Thickening occurs as elastin fibres break down to cause sagging skin with loss of elasticity. Coarse wrinkles arise where the skin has thickened, usually on the backside of the neck.

Sun Damage Effects


This condition causes tiny blood vessels to appear more visible with sun damage particularly on the face along with spots at the sites where melanocytes are destroyed. Melanocytes are cells responsible for producing called melanin, a hormone which produces colouration on the skin. Those pigmented areas worsen and cause freckles, age spots, liver spots and even white spots where melanocytes are destroyed.

Skin Bumps

Rashness starts to appear on the skin in the form of moles, warty-looking seborrheic keratoses and actinic keratoses. The latter are worst of its kind. These are small crusty bumps which are precancerous signs for melanoma with 1 in 100 in numbers developing into squamous cell carcinoma.

Sun Damaged Skin Treatment Options

Below are the lists of sun damaged skin treatments that can help target skin issues from sun damage:

Prescription Skin Care & Cosmeceuticals

These are medication remedies prescribed for not only sun damaged skin but also skin exfoliation and cleansing. Their key ingredients usually comprise of Vitamin A and its derivatives. Cosmeceuticals with 15 or 30 Sun Protection Factor (SPF) can provide great deal of protection from skin destructive UVA rays.


It’s a milder version of dermabrasion. Typically this treatment is carried out in order to exfoliate skin, cleanse from sebum and cure acne. Microdermabrasion is non-surgical and minimally invasive. It is very effective in treating photoaging caused by harmful sunrays by thickening collagen, a protein that nourishes and rejuvenates skin.

Skin Peels

They contain natural components that are vital to skin’s development and protection. Skin peels are more commonly used on facial areas, but can also be useful for neck and hands. It’s a completely non-invasive treatment for sun damaged skin to heal your skin from sun’s effects. Further, they can be used to make skin more youthful and glowing.


This procedure uses a device and can only be performed at a cosmetic surgery clinicDermaroller device contains numerous, tiny needles which help in exfoliation of skin, however this procedure is relatively painless as a local anesthesia is used. The sizes of the needles depend upon the patient’s skin type. The device is rolled up and down the skin followed by rubbing of vitamin-enriched gel. The procedure is repeated and takes almost an hour to complete.


The most popular solution of all – Botox is the #1 choice when it comes to skin rejuvenation be it due to photoaging. Botox Cosmetic helps diminishing all signs of aging from face and neck area where lines and wrinkles may appear due to aging and exposure to UVA rays. Botulinum toxin, the main ingredient halts muscular activity by blocking neuro-transmission signals. With the cessation of muscles, the lines and wrinkles fade away for at least 3-4 months.

Dermal Fillers

Skin fillers are injectable products used to remove aging signs and rejuvenate the skin. They fill up the missing volume in our skin by increasing collagen production. Restylane and Juvederm are among the types of dermal fillers that are made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally produced component of skin which keeps skin young.

Cosmedocs offer the expert and professional sun damaged skin treatments for every age group.

Frequently Ask Questions (Faqs)

This depends largely on the type of skin and the extent of sun damage your skin has. You doctor will carefully examine your skin condition and will tailor an appropriate sun damaged skin treatment plan to address your individual skin concerns.

There is slight pain and discomfort associated with most of the treatments. Slight itching, redness and swelling may be caused which generally subsides in few hours or days. Before Botox and dermal fillers treatment anaesthetic cream is applied over the treatment area to reduce discomfort. In addition, our professional cosmetic doctors ensure minimal discomfort during the sun damaged skin treatment.

Yes, it is possible to minimize and prevent damage to the skin caused by sun rays. For this, you should adopt proper skin care habits like daily wearing sun screen during sun exposure, avoiding excessive exposure to sun and wearing proper covering clothes like cap and sun glasses. By minimizing the direct exposure to sun and protecting skin from sunlight exposure your skin will remain healthy even in later life.


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