How to stop sun damage

While our parents and grandparents may have spent their early adult years sitting out in the sun to get that glorious tan, we’ve learn more and more about how the sun can damage our skin. Sun protection is critical to not only protecting the skin, but greatly reducing the risk of skin cancer development. The skin is exposed daily to the outdoor elements, so protecting the skin to stop sun damage is incredibly vital to one’s overall skin health. Dr. Francisco Kerdel of the Florida Academic Dermatology Center provides Coral Gables, FL area patients with recommendations to stop sun damage and protect their skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Tips for halting sun damage

Below are a few recommendations for patients who are interested in protecting their skin from unwanted sun damage:

  • Wear high SPF sunscreen every day to the skin, including the face, regardless of expected sun exposure.
  • Take note of the times when the sun is the strongest, between 10am and 3pm, and reduce exposure outside during this time.
  • Protect the skin further while outdoors with clothing that covers the skin, including pants and long-sleeved tops.
  • Wear sunglasses while outside, paying close attention to purchasing those that filter out UV light.

Can I reverse previous sun damage?

Patients who have failed to protect their skin regularly may notice sun damage on their skin, including the formation of pigmentation such as “sun spots” and “age spots.” These may be reversed with the use of certain skin resurfacing solutions. Additionally, patients who have any changes to moles or other skin growths of concern should book an appointment with their dermatologist for a full skin cancer screening. This may result in the biopsy and removal of certain parts of the skin if skin cancer has been found.

Discuss sun protection with our dermatological team

Dr. Francisco Kerdel of Florida Academic Dermatology Center in Coral Gables, FL believes in offering patients solutions for not only improving their skin, but preventing certain problems from occurring in the future. If you live in the community and want to discuss skin protection recommendations, contact us today at (305) 324-2110. Our practice, located at 475 Biltmore Way, Ste. #207, is available for both current and new patients.

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