So we have been outside all summer and now our skin is showing it…brown patches and lines we did not have in June. We are also noticing less firmness and a rough texture, ugh is this normal? What can we do about it? We needed answers stat, so we contacted the Center for Cosmetic Dermatology for some guidance.
“What you are seeing is typical of heavily sun exposed skin” says Aesthetician Lana Green. “UV exposure leads to a lot of skin damage including accelerated aging of the skin, increased and deeper lines, hyperpigmentation, larger pores, coarse texture, dryness, and scaly red patches.”
Aesthetician April Kauffman added, “Skin exposed to lots of sun also experience a loss of collagen due to collagenase. This is an enzyme in the skin that digests collagen. It is stimulated when we are in the sun.”
Uh-oh, have we damaged our skin too much to be treated, can it be rejuvenated?
“Definitely!” says Aesthetician Jennifer Kauffman. “We have many treatments that address the signs of a fun summer. Lasers, peels, and microneedling are all effective in treating UV damaged skin. You just have to be wise as to when you have them done.”
“You have to be pretty much finished with your outdoor activities, i.e. boating, golf, tennis, drives in your convertible, sunny vacations, etc… Remember, we are undoing sun damage, not trying to create more.” advises April.
The Center for Cosmetic Dermatology offers effective treatments to treat our summer skin. The aestheticians all agree that one of the best ways to treat hyperpigmentation is with the Clear & Brilliant laser. This laser relies on heat to create millions of microscopic perforations in the skin which then energize your skin’s own healing response, and that includes stimulating collagen. It also helps to move deep seated melanin up through the layers of the skin where it is naturally sloughed off. The result is firm, smooth skin, with lessened or no hyperpigmentation. Downtime is minimal. Three to six monthly treatments are recommended.
Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, also creates perforations using tiny needles which then stimulate your skin’s own ability to heal itself. The aestheticians find it particularly effective in treating large pores, lines, and loss of firmness. “We love using SkinPen from Bellus Medical. It’s the only currently FDA cleared microneedling device. We are getting great results with our patients with large pores, acne scars, or those desiring general collagen stimulation.” says Lana. Downtime is minimal and three to six monthly treatments are recommended.
Chemical peels are still a great way to treat lots of skin concerns including acne, fine lines, large pores, and hyperpigmentation. They clean the pores, and exfoliate the skin revealing fresher, brighter, and healthier looking skin. But when it comes to the darker brown patches we can see at the end of the summer, Jennifer states “Stronger and more deeply penetrating peels are frequently needed to address that end of summer hyperpigmentation. The melanin can reside in the deeper layers of the skin, so special peels are required that can lead to moderate peeling. This can leave your face vulnerable as that fresh, new skin is being revealed. It is prone to more damage if you are outside for too long. The last thing we want is for that new baby soft skin to be damaged!” The aestheticians favorite peels to address moderate hyperpigmentation are from SkinMedica. They find the Illuminize, Vitalize, and Rejuvenize peels to be very effective.
So there is hope for our skin after all, whew! Of course we need to continue to apply SPF 30+ every morning. That is still the best way to prevent more sun damage and to protect the investment we’ll make in undoing the last few months.
To learn more about these treatments, we recommend a consultation with one of the aestheticians at the Center for Cosmetic Dermatology. Click here to visit their page!