Most of us long for the touch of the sun’s inviting warm glow and rays on our skin and make the most of the summer months. Too much exposure to the sun though, can cause long term and short term damage to the skin.
There are varying degrees of severity in sun damaged skin and different types of sun damage. The main types of sun damaged skin and their symptoms are:
Although sun damage can’t be reversed, the effects of the skin can be improved with various treatments. We offer Cryotherapy, for example that can freeze actinic keratosis with liquid nitrogen.
Skin peels can safely remove the top layer of the skin using a strong, yet harmless chemical solution, paving the way for normal healthy skin to grow back later.
Alternatively, our Dermaroller and Electric Skin Needling work in similar ways to each other, stimulating the skin, encouraging it to regenerate and repair itself naturally and safely.
Sunspots on skin are caused by UV rays from the sun, which result in the darkening of their colour. Even sun rays that travel through windows or bounce off water can increase and embolden sunspots. UV rays from tanning beds can also be a catalyst for sun spots.
Dry skin is a result of sun-exposed skin slowly losing moisture and essential oils. Even in younger people, this creates dry, flaky and untimely wrinkled skin.
Sunburn is a consequence to unprotected or overexposure to the sun’s UV radiation. In severe cases, sunburn symptoms can include large blisters or much smaller fluid-filled bumps (vesicles).
Enduring repeated exposure to sunlight or suffering from long-term exposure to the sun’s UV rays are responsible for actinic keratosis. This type of sun damaged skin can be an important warning of increased skin cancer risk. Generally, fair-skinned people with lighter coloured eyes have a higher chance of developing sun-related skin damaged and cancers, due to their skin containing less of the dark pigment, melanin. This pigment helps protect the skin from the effects of UV rays, although darker skinned people can also be susceptible to sun damage.
Collagen in the skin is a structural protein. Actinic purpura is among the types of sun damage the skin can suffer. This is where fragile blood vessels bleed underneath the skin’s surface. UV radiation from sunlight damages the structural collagen protein that fortifies and hold the walls of the skin’s tiny blood vessels. In older people in particular, this collagen damage results in more fragile blood vessels that have a higher risk of rupture upon slight impacts.