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The best ways to treat skin with sun damage

March 20,2018 | Posted by: CMC

Considered one of the most successful health campaigns in Australia’s history, it seems the ‘slip, slop, slap’ message should by now be part of our DNA. But despite our ability to quickly recall the SunSmart jingle, recent research suggests Australians are still struggling to effectively implement sun protection.

A new study by the Australian Skin and Skin Cancer Centre has revealed that 40 per cent of Australians are confused about which weather factors cause sunburn, while less than one in ten people understand that sun protection is required when UV levels are three and above.

Over exposure to the sun results in changes to the skin, including redness, discolouration, red vessels, thinning, sagging, wrinkles, pigmentation, sun spots and skin cancers. At the Cosmetic Medicine Centre we have a number of treatment options for sun damage, including Matrix RF, Pulsed Dye Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL).

Matrix RF

Skin resurfacing is a popular treatment to reverse the effects of sun exposure, ageing and lifestyle habits on the quality, colour and texture of the skin. The procedure works by precisely removing portions of skin to reveal a younger, healthier looking complexion.

Matrix RF uses radiofrequency energy to target damaged skin and improve the appearance of fine lines, sun damage and acne scarring. During treatment, tiny ‘spots’ (highly controlled wounds) are created in the upper layers of the skin to stimulate new collagen growth. The skin surrounding the damaged cells initiates a rapid healing process, leading to smoother skin texture.

Pulsed Dye Laser

The pulsed dye laser is a vascular laser designed to treat broken capillaries, port wine stains, rosacea and poikiloderma of Civatte. Pulsed dye lasers work by selecting a wavelength that is readily absorbed by the target tissue. This tissue is then heated to a temperature high enough to destroy it without damaging the adjacent normal tissue. Pulsed dye laser treatments are non-invasive, relatively comfortable and require little to no downtime.

IPL

Also known as photorejuvenation or a photofacial, IPL is a light-based therapy that can be customised to target a range of skin conditions. It is a non-invasive procedure that can help improve the appearance of superficial pigmentation, red skin blotches and birthmarks; even out the skin tone; stimulate collagen production; and reduce pore size.

The versatile nature of IPL makes it a skin revitalisation all-rounder, ideal for treating mild to moderate sun damage and refreshing lacklustre complexions. In our clinic, we use the elos platform, which combines these benefits with those of radio frequency (RF) to even out skin tone and calm rosacea.

Products

In addition to our treatments, the Cosmetic Medicine Centre stocks a selection of stem cell skincare products from PRESCRIBEDsolutions and Tensage that help to prevent the signs of ageing and improve the appearance of sun damaged skin.