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Can Sun Damage Be Reversed?

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Concerns about sun damage plague us all. The answer to this important question of whether you can reverse damage is — Yes and No. For the most part, it depends on what you mean by “skin damage”.

Skin damage that involves cosmetic appearance such as wrinkles, lines, pigmented spots from aging, fall more into the “yes” zone with the uses of specific treatments and creams.

Skin damage that involves your risk of developing skin cancer fall more into the “no” area, though there are things that can be done to prevent further damage.

The “yes” part involves topical improvement of our skin’s appearance with treatments such as the following:

• Regular exfoliation removes the dead outer layer of your skin:
Exfoliation can be done through the use of special scrubbing sponges like luffas, or through the use of products that contain alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) cleansers, or a home microdermabrasion kit, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Take special care using AHA products, which can increase skin sensitivity to the sun.

• Moisturize:
Find good moisturizers that you can use, not just on your face but also in other places of your body that become dried out, such a feet and elbows. A facial moisturizer with hyaluronic acid can help plump up dry skin around the eyes. (4)

• Hydration:
Summer exposure to the sun and other elements can dry out your skin so make sure you drink enough water to replenish it.

• Retinoids:
Creams or gels that use tretinoin or other retinoid formulations can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, excessively pigmented areas such as age spots and even acne. Some products are available over-the-counter and others are by prescription through a dermatologist. Sun exposure precautions are needed when using these products.

• Invasive treatments:
Other more invasive (and expensive) treatments involve the use of lasers, chemical peels, skin fillers and botox. All should be administered by a skilled knowledgeable dermatologist who specializes in skin rejuvenation.

And here is the “No” part:

“Sun damage is permanent and accumulative.

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