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After reading every Summer skin care tip and applying your best sun protection regiment, you may have gotten more ultraviolet (UV) exposure than you would have liked. Even with your best sun protection efforts and intentions, you may have gotten more exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays this summer than you’d like resulting in the appearance of sunspots. Read these 5 cosmetic treatments that will help reduce the appearance of existing sunspots and remove the damage.

1) Retinoids are compounds derived from vitamin A that encourage skin cells to slough off and renew themselves, improving skin cell turnover cycles and lighten brown spots. Milder forms of retinoids, called retinols, are available in OTC creams; they may be less effective than their prescription counterparts, but can still have some benefit.

2) Vitamin C and other anti-oxidants reduce UV damage to your skin. They also slow down your skin’s degeneration from the production of rogue chemicals (free radicals) that cause visible signs of damage.

3) Exfoliants, such as AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) and BHAs (beta-hydroxy acids), stimulate faster skin cell turnover. This is the process by which your skin cells replace themselves. Since sun damage slows the rate at which your skin cells turn over, exfoliants may be effective treatment.

4) Laser resurfacing can peel away sun damage, such as brown spots and blotchiness. There are several types of laser treatment, including: broadband light (BBL), fractionated lasers, and ablative lasers (the most aggressive). Always see a doctor to properly discuss your options.

5) Chemical peels encourage the dead top layer of skin to slough off, which in many cases will take with it areas of uneven pigmentation and precancerous lesions and fine lines. Peels can either be performed in a series or as a one-time treatment, depending on the peel depth. Again, we always say to see a doctor first to discuss your options.

Remember that signs of sun damage are always important and we always recommend seeing a doctor first before trying cosmetic treatments.

Goodbye Summer, Goodbye Sun Damage!



Summer is definitely over and the days of enjoying the sun are long behind us. Now, you may be looking at the mirror examining your skin wondering if you have any sun damage at all. Even with sunscreen applied everywhere, you could still have plenty of sun damage left over from your youth – remember squirming from your mom when she tried to apply a coat of sunblock?

This damage is caused by the sun giving off invisible rays of ultraviolet light, Ultraviolet B (UVB) and Ultraviolet A (UVA), that are absorbed by your skin, as shown in this diagram, “UV Radiation and the Skin”.

Both cause lasting damage. UV radiation alters the actual DNA of your skin cells causing lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and eventually skin cancer.

So, it’s time to stop the process at each layer. You can reverse it with the following treatments.used individually or in combination:

reverse-sun-damage-treatment-skin-layers1 – CHEMICAL PEEL – Exfoliate sun damaged skin and remove pigment spots residing deeper in the skin. Chemical peels work by penetrating through the skin’s layers and exfoliating sun-damaged, thickened surface skin while removing sun spots and stimulating collagen production for firmer skin. Chemical peels are very effective in renewing the skin’s texture because they remove unwanted dead skin cells, and allow fresh skin to the surface. Depth of penetration (and effect) depends on strength of the peel selected. The result is a tighter, brighter skin with smaller pores and fewer wrinkles.

2 – BBL – Remove redness, unwanted blood vessels, and sun spots.
BBL (Broad Band Light Therapy) exposes sun damaged skin to pulses of light energy that stimulate collagen and elastin fibers. It eliminates fine vessels that cause redness and reduces unwanted pigment collections / spots. BBL is a “no downtime” procedure that will even-out you skin tone and tighten pores, restoring your skin to its naturally beautiful state, making it more vibrant and youthful in appearance and feel.

3 – MICRODERMABRASION – Remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells.
Microdermabrasion works on the most superficial skin layer in restoring sun damaged skin to its natural beauty by removing the top layer of dead skin cells. It can be used on its’ own for a mild effect with no down time, or after BBL or a chemical peel to remove residual pigment or flakes of skin debris which clog the pores and create a dull appearance. Microdermabrasion will make your skin will look and feel smoother, more radiant, and rejuvenated.

4 – SKIN CARE PRODUCTS – Use skin care products with retinol and antioxidant capsules.

Retinol is vitamin A in its purest form which is essential to the maintenance of vibrant healthy skin. It rapidly revitalizes the appearance of sun-damaged and aged skin by increasing cell turnover and stimulating collagen synthesis.

Antioxidant capsules, such as Alryia’s line of capsules, contain 10% Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) which is a powerful antioxidant that will slow down skin aging by inactivating free radicals generated by UV light and metabolism. This will diminish signs of aging and help protect against UV damage. It is also required for collagen synthesis, making it an essential component needed for skin’s repair and maintenance activities READ MORE