Sun Damaged Skin – What is it?
Most of us will have enjoyed the fabulous weather we have had this summer and spent time outdoors and sitting in the sunshine – and there is evidence that sunlight can be good for us, helping the body to make Vitamin D that keeps our bones healthy. But, like many things in life, too much of a good thing can sometimes be harmful. Too much sun can result in sun damaged skin, and this may only starts to become apparent later in life.
Photodamaged or sun damaged skin is something few of us escape. Photodamage occurs with exposure to sunlight (UVA or UVB) whether or not we intentionally suntan. Twenty five percent of our lifetime exposure occurs before the end of our teenage years. Photodamage to skin manifests in a variety of ways including:
• advanced aging or wrinkling.
• uneven or “pebbly” skin.
• irregular pigmentation .
• small blood vessels or red markings (telangiectasias).
• rough or scaly patches (actinic keratoses).
• freckles (ephelides).
• “liver spots” and “age spots” (lentigines).
• thinned or fragile skin.
• pre skin cancers.
• skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, malignant melanoma).
For the most part these changes occur most frequently on areas of chronic exposure including the face, ears, neck, backs of the hands, chest, arms and legs. Buttocks or upper inner arms are often preserved and pristine emphasizing the difference between chronological aging and photoaging. Pigmentation is generally the most recognisable symptom of sun damage and one of the most common reasons clients visit the Coast Clinic. Sun damaged skin is a common skin condition which can be treated with a number of methods.
The Epionce Corrective System and Epionce Peel is a dermatological scientifically produced system which is clinically formulated to gently remove the top layer of the skin to effectively rejuvenate and improve the appearance and maximise the health of the skin. Key ratios of natural ingredients stabilize and accelerate cell turnover with minimal irritation to reveal more beautiful radiant skin. Overall benefit includes improvement of fine lines and wrinkles, firmness, smoothness and overall reduction in hyper pigmentation. Other options include Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments using the Palomar.
This fantastic new treatment uses fractional lasers to penetrate below the skins surface of sun damaged skin causing trauma, accelerating the promotion of collagen and the natural healing process of the skin, which will create healthy tissue eradicating the signs of pigmentation. The results are smoother, better looking skin, with minimal discomfort and minimal downtime. Its also excellent for the treatment of stretch marks, scars veins, pigmentation and rejuvenation. As technology develops and the number of salons offering miracle treatments increases the importance of being examined by a qualified skin clinician in an accredited reputable skin clinic is paramount. So before you embark on any treatment you should research first.