Arizonans know the beauty and benefits the sun can bring to our environment and even to our health. With such bright rays shining most days out of the year, we are also aware of the damage the sun can do, too. If the Arizona sun has left you with spotty or wrinkled skin, there are treatments available that can help reduce the signs of sun damage and restore the youthful glow to your skin. Always consult a dermatologist before trying new skin treatments and make sure to get expert advice on which options fit your needs.
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There are a variety of skin creams, ointments and gels that can help reduce the look of fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots and discoloration caused by the sun. Some of these products are available by prescription only, while others are available over-the-counter. Topical treatments, such as retinoid compounds, stimulate the body’s natural process to rid skin of old skin cells and boost the regeneration of new, healthier cells. Many topical treatments for sun damage include anti-oxidants, which can reduce the signs of aging and help prevent collagen breakdown. Other products are designed to brighten or lighten the pigmentation of your skin and reduce the appearance of sunspots. Whether one of these or a combination of these topical treatments is right for you should be a matter of discussion between you and your physician or dermatologist, as they contain medical-grade ingredients and are meant to address specific skin damage problems.
Chemical peels are a popular dermatological and aesthetic treatment for those wanting to treat, refresh and resurface their skin. Depending on your specific needs, chemical peels can be done at more surface levels or deeper levels. Although some spas and salons offer chemical peels, only a licensed specialist or dermatologist should perform these treatments. Due to the chemicals involved and the unique make-up of each patient’s skin, it is important to leave your skin in the hands of an expert. Designed to offer similar results, but on a much more surface level and without the chemical intensity of a peel, exfoliants can be purchased over-the-counter or by prescription and can also assist in recovering skin from sun damage.
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Many of our patients have seen the best success and the most dramatic results with laser treatments. There are many effective laser skin treatments available and, with recent advancements in medical technology, the cost and recovery time makes these treatments accessible to patients coming from a variety of circumstances. Using unique laser light technology, these treatments can smooth wrinkles, reduce the appearance of spots or discoloration on the skin, and can improve the overall health and texture of your skin. Medically trained professionals should perform laser treatments and patients should take the time to research various treatments to ensure they are using the best technology available.
Although there are effective and affordable treatments available to greatly improve the appearance of your skin and reduce the effects of sun damage, it is important to remember that the ultimate treatment starts with prevention. Always wear sunscreen and take precautions to protect your skin from sun damage. Consult your dermatologist to learn about the best products and treatments available for sun damage prevention in Arizona.
The specialized team at Mendelson Dermatology is always ready and willing to answer your questions and help you find the right products and treatment for your skin. Give us a call today at (602) 944-4626.