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Q: I've seen what the sun has done to the skin of chronic or former sunbathers and tanning bed users, but what kinds of cellular changes or damage does it do to the skin of someone who doesn't lay out in the sun or live in Phoenix? How can I undo or at least reduce some of the damage that the sun has already done to my complexion? — Angie
A: Angie, first of all, prevention is very important. It is never too late to start.
I would suggest you practice sun safety and prevent future burns as best you can.
It is hard to reverse the damage from the sun.
If you have visible signs of damage, such as pigmentation, and you want to improve them, then you can consider lasers. IPL (intense pulsed light) or fractionated Erbium lasers can reduce the signs of sun damage.
However, they likely do not reverse the damage. Nor do they reverse the risks associated with prior sun exposure.
I suggest you see your local dermatologist for options.
Dr. Nowell Solish is one of Canada's top cosmetic dermatologists, with an office at 66 Avenue Road, Suite 1, in Toronto. Call 416-964-8888 to book an appointment.
Disclaimer: This information is for general purposes only and is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice relative to your specific medical condition or question. Dr. Solish recommends that you consult your physician or other medical professional for insight into your specific condition and medical options.