BEST WAYS TO PREVENT SUN DAMAGE

As Southern Californians, bathing in the sun on a nice warm day is part of our way of life. It’s one of the biggest perks of living in the area. But if you spend too much time absorbing the sun’s rays, you could find yourself suffering irreversible sun damage that can alter the appearance of your skin.

Without the proper protection, too much sun exposure can damage the skin and cause premature wrinkling and discoloration. You can keep your skin protected from the harmful rays by:

• Applying sunscreen when you go outside
• Shading yourself with an umbrella
• Wearing protective clothing like hats

These are just a few of the ways to protect your skin from the sun. If, however, you’ve already experienced sun damage, Dr. Stephen Fink, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, can help you remove sun damage in Southern California.

With the help of Dr. Fink, you can improve your facial skin quality and learn about the best ways to keep your skin protected from sun damage. To arrange a consultation, contact our office today.

THERAPEUTIC SOLUTIONS TO SUN DAMAGE

Living in the Southern California area means that you’ll be exposed to strong sun rays whenever you are outside. While some exposure to the sun is great for your body, too much can damage your skin and cause you to look older. Over the course of time, you will begin to notice premature wrinkling and skin discoloration. Fortunately, there are a number of great solutions available to help you look your best.

If you’re suffering from the damaging effects of the sun, your doctor can improve the quality of your facial skin with these therapeutic solutions:

• Intense Pulsed Light
• Fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing
• Perfect Derma or TCA chemical peels
• Sente Dermal repair cream

These treatments can help keep your skin healthy and youthful. For more information about how you can benefit from one of these skin care solutions, contact us. Dr. Stephen Fink, a highly experienced facial plastic surgeon, will discuss the options available to you and help you decide on the perfect solution.

SKIN CARE (PART ONE): SUNSCREENS

Good skin care is important for prevention of premature aging. Protection from the ultraviolet radiation of the sun is fundamental to maintaining healthy appearing skin. In addition to causing skin cancer, cummulative ultraviolet radiation contributes to the appearance of aged skin, wrinkles, and uneven pigmentation.

UV radiation is made up of 96.5% UVA radiation and 3.5% UVB on an average summer day. UVA is believed to be a cause of melanoma cancer and can penetrate deep within the skin to cause wrinkles. UVB is linked to squamous cell carcinoma. Most sunscreens protect against UVB but you should check to see if they also protect against UVA. Suncreens are rated according to SPF (sun protection factor) for UVB radiation only. This is a multiple of the amount of sun exposure time one can experience to recieve the same degree of UVB absorption without sunscreen. For example, someone wearing SPF 30 can be in the sun 30 times longer to receive the same UVB absorption without the sunscreen.

Sunscreens come in two types: physical blockers and chemical blockers. Physical blockers known as barrier sunscreens, are not absorbed by the skin and reflect the UV radiation. Titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and magnesium oxide are some common ones. They rarely cause allergic reactions. Chemical blockers are absorbed and therefore have a risk of allergic reaction. They are usually combined with barrier suncreens for periods of increased sun exposure. Helioplex which is a stable form of avobenzone, or Mexoryl are currently considered among the the best.

An SPF of 30 or higher is recommended and should be reapplied every couple hours or as needed based on activity. Avoiding direct sun during the peak hours of 10am -2pm is also advised.