While sunlight provides many benefits to our skin and our body as a whole, too much of it can be harmful. There are many types of sun damage caused by excessive exposure to sunlight such as sun spots, freckles, wrinkles, and leathery skin. Many people get sun damage due to spending a lot of time tanning outdoors under the sun’s ultraviolet rays. The same also applies to indoor tanning beds which have also proven to be harmful for the skin.
Nevertheless, there are some precautions one can take in order to avoid getting sun damage:
- Wear sunscreen whenever you are going out.
- Cover yourself with clothing and a wide brim hat to shade your face.
- Try not to be outside from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. this is when the sun is strongest.
In the past, treating dark brown spots, age spots, freckles, and other sun damaged conditions had very limited number of options. However, today, with the advancements of medical technology, there are now many methods of removing sun spots. Among the most common treatments are over-the-counter lotions and creams, chemical peels, and laser treatments.
- Over-The-Counter Products: There are many lotions, gels, creams, and ointments available in stores which promise to treat sun spots. These work by peeling off the outer layer of skin in hopes of removing the spots. Unfortunately, many times the damage is deeper than just the outer layer and, in such cases, these topical treatments are rendered ineffective. Not to mention, these topical treatments can also be extremely slow in producing any results and some may even be useless.
- Chemical Peels: Chemical peels are better and faster than any topical treatment. A certified physician applies the chemical peel to the skin causing it to peel over. As a result, this exposes a new layer of skin underneath and kickstarts the body’s natural regenerating process.
- Laser: Laser treatments are also known as photofacial rejuvenation. These treatments use laser devices that are by far the most effective method when it comes to treating sun damaged skin – The most popular is Palomar Icon. The lasers vaporize the top layers of the skin and remove any sun spots much quicker than other methods. Once the skin heals, it is clearer and smoother than before.
Dr. Miguel Delgado M.D., who is based in Novato, Marin County, San Francisco, is an expert user of laser devices which he uses to treat various forms of skin conditions. Above all, he prefers the Palomar Icon Laser for most of his treatments. For dealing with sun damaged conditions like dark brown spots, age spots, sun spots, and freckles, he uses the Palomar Icon MaxG hand piece. MaxG is safe, quick, and less painful than chemical peels with long-lasting results. Moreover, it can be used to treat any and all forms of sun damage as well as clear deep facial vessels and pigmented lesions at the same time.