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Ten to Go: We love the sun, but the sun may not return the favor

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By Dr. Paul Flashner

Summer is ending, and while we may love our lingering tans, our skin does not. Studies have shown up to 90 percent of skin damage is solar-induced, causing long-lasting harm long after the tan lines have faded. The problems occur when excessive ultraviolet rays released by the sun damage skin’s cellular DNA, resulting in wrinkles, uneven skin tone, age spots or a loss of elasticity.

Though the damage is done, treatments focusing on cellular turnover can help reduce the signs of unsightly skin damage to reveal the healthy skin below. In-office procedures like Microdermabrasion remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells. FotoFacial can improve hyperpigmentation, and skin clarity. Peels target rough-textured, dull and damaged skin.

The newest technology is SilkPeel Dermalinfusion, which pairs microdermabrasion with topical serums that work together to exfoliate skin and treat existing damage.

Since UV rays can penetrate beyond the skin’s top layers, the underlying dermis needs to be strengthened as well. EMatrix Sublative Rejuvenation is an excellent procedure that reaches the skin’s lower layers to increase collagen production and stimulate cell growth.

While there are great options available to treat sun damage, the best way is to prevent the damage from occurring to begin with. Remember to always wear sunblock during prolonged exposure to the sun. And as we move in to fall and the colder months, keep in mind UV rays are present all-year round and skin needs to be protected on the coldest days of the year, in addition to the warm ones.

You1ve had your time in the sun. Now undo what you’ve done!

The author, Dr. Paul Flashner, is chief medical director of American Laser Skincare.

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