Stop adding more problems to sun damaged skin

Start following expert's routine

Inadequate skin protection and love towards sunbathing usually result with skin damage. Sun exposure impairs collagen production and affects the elasticity of the skin which accelerates appearance or wrinkles. In some cases, our skin can even develop pigmentation disorders that appear in form of spots and patches as well. In order to avoid these problems, this article will show you how to treat sun-damaged skin and prevent further damage.

Pigmentation disorders

Your skin gets its natural color from pigment called melanin. Although the main culprit for pigmentation disorders is still unknown, scientists defined some factors that may influence it. Excessive sun exposure may cause overproduction of melanin which results with appearance of age spots and dark patches of the skin.

These pigmentation disorders are treatable. On the other hand, there are various skin pigmentation disorders that can't be treated.

Here are all types of pigmentation disorders:

NOTE: skin cancer and birth marks aren't pigmentation disorders.

5 Experts' tips on treating sun damaged skin and preventing further damage

1. Preload sunscreen

Jeannette Graf, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City recommends preloading sunscreen before long-term exposure to sun's damaging UV rays.

For example, if you are about to go to your vacation, you should wear sunscreen on your body every night two to three weeks ahead of your holiday. This way, sunscreen will build up in your stratum corneum and be less likely to burn, which is highly beneficial for people with age spots or dark patches.

This routine will prevent spots and patches from becoming more noticeable.

2. Prevent acne breakouts

Yes, even oily sunscreens can cause acne breakouts and the best way to avoid them is to look for products labeled as oil-free.

According to Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine most people make mistake by choosing sheer sunscreen in order to prevent acne breakouts. Sheer doesn't necessarily mean its oil free.

3. Exfoliate

If you used self-tanning products, then you have to bear in mind they build up in your skin's pores, and you need to exfoliate in order to remove this and other impurities from the skin.

Exfoliation is highly important because it removes dead skin cells, debris and dirt, which makes skin feel revitalized and reenergized.

4. Bleach age spots and dark patches

As it was mentioned above, hyperpigmentation can be successfully treated. Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, a New York City dermatologist recommends using products that are formulated to brighten age spots and dark patches caused by sun exposure and make them less visible.

These products are available in drugstores, cosmetic stores, and online. However, prior the purchase you check the reliability of the brand. Example of a product that will help you reverse sun damage and improve quality of your skin is Suvoderm night cream made by Solvaderm.

It is a quick-absorbing blend that rescues and repairs the skin overnight for brilliant anti-aging effects. Moreover, the cream contains natural skin brighteners that fade out hyper pigmented patches of your skin. The product has many benefits and some of them are:

The cream contains various natural ingredients such as Vitamin E (skin renewing and revitalizing complex), hyaluronic acid (retains moisture), avocado oil (treats and corrects dryness), soybean oil (rehydrates skin), retinol (or Vitamin A and it has antioxidant and age-defying properties).

5. Remember it's not too late

This is highly important. When people usually notice result of skin exposure on their face or arms, they usually give up because it's too late to reverse the damage. However, Neal Schultz M.D., a cosmetic dermatologist based in New York states that whenever you start protecting your skin from the sun, you stop the process of additional damage and start to reverse, to some extent, the damage that has already accumulated.


You should bear in mind that age spots and dark patches can be significantly minimized, and all you need to do it is quality product and patience. Moreover, don't forget to protect your skin adequately and exfoliate regularly (1-2 times a week) in order to remove impurities and protect your skin.

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About the author:

Adonia Dennis (@adoniadennis) is a Health, Beauty and Skin Care adviser. She loves to read and write about the general health problem and issues related to men and women's health. She utilizes her experience in writing about a healthy lifestyle. She is very passionate to write anything related to human body and loves to dispense unbiased advice through writing. Visit Adonia on Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest

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