Sun Damage in Washington DC

Sun Damage

  • Sun damage can take many forms in the skin, from pre-cancers to dark spots to redness and visible veins to enlarged pores.
  • UV exposure generates free radicals in the skin which damage collagen and DNA and, in turn, contribute to skin aging and *skin cancer*.
  • The good news about sun damage is that the skin has powerful methods of repair, and topical products can enhance both collagen synthesis and DNA repair.

RECOMMENDED TREATMENTS

  • Skincare products with clinically active concentrations of retinoids, glycolic acids, and antioxidants can enhance skin’s reparative mechanisms.
  • Fractionated non-ablative lasers such as *Clear+Brilliant* are clinically proven to reduce pre-cancerous damage by by bringing fresh undamaged skin to the surface.
  • For those with clinically evident sun damage, Dr. Sherber recommends an annual total body skin examination for *skin cancer* surveillance and monthly self-administered skin exams at home to check for new or changing spots.

OTHER OPTIONS

  • Chemical peels such as the antioxidant-enriched glycolic Vivité peel assist in bringing fresh skin to the surface and eradicating damage.
  • If Dr. Sherber detects any pre-cancers, these may need to be treated with prescription creams that selectively remove abnormal cells.


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