Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Medical Treatments for Sun-Damaged Skin

We owe so much to modern medical research and advancement. If not for them, many people would have perished from a variety of illnesses, which were once deemed incurable. These days, detection and prevention of even life-threatening ailments are very plausible given that the individual concerned seeks medical help immediately. Among those ailments blessed to have modern cures capable of reversing the damaging or destructive effects is sun damage wrought on our skin.

Current medical practices now involve the use of high-technology skin care equipment and advanced forms of treatments in reversing the signs of sun damage. Included therein are over-the-counter remedies, prescribed medications, and medicinal healing processes.

Below are the varied medical treatments used for treating sun damaged skin:


The latest product used for the reversal of sun damage on the skin is Tazarotene. Formerly used for treating psoriasis, it is a retinoid or Vitamin A derivative. Also used for acne treatment, it has been proven effective in curing photoaging.


Used in the forms of either creams or gels, Tretinoin has been recorded capable of reversing the damaging effects of the sun on our skin. It can smoothen the skin given a certain number of weeks. However, it results to a thickening of both the dermis and the epidermis. It can decrease skin pigmentation by suppressing the melanin content of the epidermis. If continuously used over a long period of time, fine lines and wrinkles are most likely to diminish.

Laser Surgery

For the past decade, laserbrasion has been used and has yielded favorable outcomes. It works by vaporizing very thin layers of the skin. The Erbium laser is more popularly used these days because it yields diminished heat damage to the skin, resulting to more damage to the surface layer and quicker recovery.
The long time allotted for healing serves as the liability of the use of this method. The noticeable redness occurring right after treatment and lasting up to 10 days would require some patients to have a prolonged leave of absence from their work. On the other hand, for some individuals, prolonged redness of the skin leads to its whitening.


The use of botox is especially advisable to people with wrinkled foreheads or glabella. It works through the inactivation of the muscles found beneath the skin, which is responsible for creating wrinkles and lines. However, these wrinkles are not borne of sun damage. Thus, the quality of the sun-damaged skin is neither removed nor alleviated.

Skin Fillers

Using skin fillers is more advisable for people with deep lines and wrinkles. Collagen and hyaluronic acid are used for this method. Although this form of treatment is tolerable, stinging and burning are common complaints. After treatment, the patient is most likely to experience redness and swelling. Nevertheless, prolonged or continuous redness is few and far between. Prior to subjecting the patient to this process, a minute amount is injected into the test area weeks before, to make sure that the former has no allergic reactions to it.

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Maricel Modesto is a writer and editor who writes for various health and lifestyle magazines.

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