What Causes Skin Damage?

We go about our daily lives, for years, not thinking twice about the impact the environment is having on our skin. Then, one day – bam! Just like that, we look in the mirror and we have aged.  Whether it’s our neck (jowls), face, hands, or other parts of our bodies, we just do not look the same.

There are many causes to environmental skin damage such as excess sun exposure, unhealthy diet & skin damage, cigarettes and alcohol, repetitive face movement, and chemical irritants.

The sun gives your skin a nice warm feeling that we enjoy and crave, whether we are at the beach, doing outdoor activities, or just driving around.  However, that same radiant heat causes rapid aging of multiple skin layers. It also causes a decrease in collagen production that affects the elasticity the skin has. This combination causes fine lines and wrinkles to form along with hyperpigmentation. The sun’s beams bring out a chemical in your body associated with melanin that will darken your skin resulting in sun damage.

Some of the most common signs of sun damage are:

  • Sunburns
  • Actinic keratosis
  • Age spots
  • Atypical moles
  • Rosacea
  • Wrinkles
  • Poikilodema of Civatte or Sun Aging

Here are some examples of skin damage

The skin is the largest organ in the body and is affected by everything around it. This includes when we have an internal imbalance. Pollutants in the air, lotions, clothing detergents, soap, smoke, exhaust fumes, and other things have harmful chemicals that cause skin issues. Always have a diet that includes fruit and vegetables that can help to combat free radicals along with drinking plenty of water on a daily basis.

The good news is there are treatments to help reverse the damage that has been done. The technology improves constantly by leaps and bounds.  But the best and most effective treatments use laser technology.  The best and most powerful laser on the market is the Sciton and the BBL treatment to remove sun damage, pigmentation, and fine lines and wrinkles.  If you’re ready to bring your skin back to its youthful glow, book an appointment today with Vivia for your Sciton treatment!

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