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Can I reverse sun damage?

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Have your days in the sun led to dark spots, wrinkles and other signs of damage?

Don’t despair: there are ways to improve and possibly reverse the effects of your sun-damaged skin.

The sun increases the melanin in the skin, which leads those dark spots, known as hyperpigmentation.

“There are plenty of ways to reverse the effects of hyperpigmentation,” said Kathe Malinowski, lead esthetician and marketing manager for Eterna MedSpa & Laser Vein Center.

Treatments offered at Eterna include BroadBand Light Photorejuvenation, a light-based technology which targets sun damage, and the TCA chemical peel, known as trichloroethanoic acid, which can help reduce skin discoloration.

“Also the use of Hydroquinone which is a prescription strength product that can be purchased at Eterna MedSpa,” Malinowski said. “Hydroquinone should be used with Retin-A (tretinoin) in order to see a result of lifting the hyperpigmentation.”

Has sun damage caused your skin to lose its laxity?

Eterna offers SkinTyte™ is a broadband light treatment that stimulates collagen production by deeply heating the existing dermal collagen, restoring elasticity to sagging skin. A series of treatments is recommended for the best results.

“If you have lost laxity and haven’t done anything about it for several years, however, it may not be reversed as it is very hard to get the laxity back,” Malinowski said.

Prevent further sun damage with the daily use of a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and make sure to keep reapplying it hourly when in direct sunlight. To adequately cover the arms, legs, neck, and face of the average adult, experts recommend applying a shot glass full of sunscreen.

Eterna MedSpa & Laser Vein Center : 217 Vertin Boulevard, Shorewood, 60404 : 815.254.8888 : https://www.eternalaser.com/