The sun can damage your skin, which can get in the way of a glowing, healthy complexion. Skin cancer is a primary concern when discussing the risk of excess sun exposure. However, the sun can cause a variety of cosmetic issues as well.
Thankfully, chemical peels can help restore a more youthful, even appearance to your skin. These chemical solutions can be customized to address specific skin concerns, including those caused by sun damage.
How Chemical Peels Can Rejuvenate Your Skin
Sunlight consists of both UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are the ones that cause sunburn, while UVA rays travel deeper into the skin and can cause damage across multiple layers. The harm caused by these rays can manifest as a number of undesirable skin concerns. In fact, sun exposure contributes to the development of many skin changes that we normally attribute to aging.
Sun damage can lead to:
- Age spots
- Dark spots
- Changes in skin texture
So, what can we do about the negative cosmetic effects of sun exposure? Chemical peels can be an effective treatment option. Through chemical exfoliation, these peels can improve a variety of concerns by gently removing the damaged outer layers of your skin. When the dead cells slough off, they are replaced by newer, healthier, and more vibrant skin.
You may notice that your lines and wrinkles appear less severe after treatment. The active ingredients in certain chemical peels can also cause hyperpigmentation to lighten or fade completely, giving you a more even skin color. Chemical peels are a great treatment option for anyone who wants to see a brighter, smoother complexion.
At the Office of Robert. S. Feins, M.D., F.A.C.S., we offer the Blue Tidal Enzyme Peel and the Cosmedical Pro-G 70 peel. A personalized consultation with our esthetician is a great way to discover which peel would work best for your unique skin concerns.
Prevention Is Important
While chemical peels can help reverse some of the cosmetic damage caused by the sun, preventing the damage in the first place is still very important.
Some tips for protecting your skin include:
- Wear sunscreen: Some medical experts argue that SPF 15 is enough, while others are in favor of SPF 30 or higher.
- Pick the best time for outdoor activities: Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun between 10 and 2, when the rays are the strongest.
- Wear protective clothing: In addition to sunscreen, protect your skin by covering up with a hat and longer layers.
Keep in mind that the sun can damage your skin year-round, even on cloudy days and in the middle of winter. Additionally, it is important to protect your skin from the sun after a chemical peel. Your skin will temporarily be more sensitive to the sun after chemical exfoliation.
Schedule Your Chemical Peel Consultation
Despite your best efforts to protect your skin, you may notice signs of sun damage. If you experience changes in your skin pigment, texture, or elasticity, please schedule a skin care consultation today by calling 603-647-4430. We proudly help patients in Manchester, Nashua, and nearby areas of New Hampshire transform the appearance of their skin.