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5 Ways to Reverse Skin Damage

5 Ways to Reverse Skin Damage
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By    |   Tuesday, 17 September 2019 09:52 AM

Even though ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun causes cellular changes that cannot be totally undone, you can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, sun spots, sagging skin, and melisma — those brownish spots on the cheeks and forehead that are caused by sun exposure.

You can even reduce your risk of skin cancer by eliminating precancerous cells.

Dr. Anthony Youn, also known as America’s Holistic Plastic Surgeon, is the author of a new book called "Playing God." He tells Newsmax that even a few minutes of exposed, unprotected skin can cause problems.

“I see skin damage in patients as early as in their 20s,” he says. “You don’t need to be a sun worshipper to have problems.”

The first step in reversing skin damage is to wear a good sunscreen daily to prevent further damage.

“Even if you have sun spots removed with an intense pulsed light, they will return if the skin is exposed to UV rays again,” says Youn.

Here are some treatments that can repair skin damage and regenerate your complexion:

1. Hydroquinone. Youn, who practices in Troy, Michigan, says that this treatment combined with Retin-A or tretinoin is the most effective, noninvasive method of reversing skin damage. The topical prescription cream works by eliminating sun spots and uneven pigmentation.

“It intensely exfoliates the upper layers of skin, so you will get lots of flaking for the first six weeks,” Youn says. “But you will get results within a month, and you can continue to use it for six months.

2. Intense pulsed light (IPL). “IPLs are the gold standard for pigment reduction,” explains Youn. This procedure makes age and sun spots turn dark and flake off over the course of a couple of days. You usually need just a few treatments.

3. Chemical peels. Dr. Rebecca Baxt, a New Jersey-based dermatologist, tells Newsmax that “peels do wonders to reverse sun damage, especially brown marks on the skin.” Many different peels are used. Baxt usually prefers to use trichloroacetic acid and glycolic acid.

Because repeat peels are necessary, they can make the skin dry. So Baxt recommends using lots of moisturizer and avoiding the sun.

Chemical peels have the added benefit of reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

4. Photodynamic therapy (PDT). The FDA has approved this procedure to reverse precancerous sun damage called actinic keratosis. A solution is placed on the skin for and is activated by a light source. It is then removed after approximately an hour.

It’s painless but time-consuming, and several treatments are required. The patient will be sensitive to light both indoors and outdoors for 48 hours. But other risks are low. Some patients experience redness of the skin for a few days.

5. Topical antioxidants. California-based dermatologist Dr. Ava Shamban tells Newsmax that you can also repair the skin by applying antioxidants directly to the face and neck. She recommends vitamin C serums with alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that slough off dead skin and boost collagen.

You can also make your own mask by combining yogurt — which has natural AHA — with anti-inflammatory honey as well as frozen strawberries and blueberries, which are chock full of antioxidants. Place all the ingredients in a blender and apply to the face for 15 minutes.

“The antioxidants will penetrate and repair the skin,” says Shamban.

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Even though ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun causes cellular changes that cannot be totally undone, you can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, sun spots, sagging skin, and melisma - those brownish spots on the cheeks and forehead that are caused by sun exposure.
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