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What is Sun Damage?

Sun damage is a result of UV exposure. Unfortunately, we are all suffering from sun damage to a certain degree. The visible signs of it are premature aging with skin laxity, rhytids (wrinkles), fine lines, dry scaly patches often referred to as actinic keratosis, moles, brown spots and melasma, and many more. Correcting sun damage is not just a cosmetic matter, but also a preventative measure to further medical problems that can lead to skin cancers.

The staff at Ottawa Derm Centre were very kind and efficient. Dr Bonaparte exceeded my expectations! -Danielle Y.

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Treating Sun Damage

The best treatment for sun damage is prevention. The best prevention is done with conscious use of a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF with inorganic (physical) filters such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. It’s important to use your sunscreen as directed, including re-application every two hours. Sunscreen use is especially important post-treatment. As for treating the visible signs of sun damage, we have a large selection of options depending on the symptoms each patient exhibits. These include:

– Halo
– Opus
– Chemical Peels
– Profractional
– CO2
– At home skin care regimes
– Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!

Candidates for Treating Sun Damage

Everyone is a candidate for treating sun damage! We all have some form of sun damage or ‘photo-aging’ to our skin. Regular treatments will not only help reverse the signs, but also prevent further damage by strengthening the skin. Treatment however, at first, does make you more susceptible to further damage which makes sunscreen the best defense. We have an amazing sunscreen bar with some great options for you to choose from. We encourage patients to have a look at our sunscreen options at their next appointment.