The Importance of Wearing Sunscreen

DC Sun Damage Defense

It’s almost summer and that means that people are thinking about the outdoors – beach vacations, pool parties, hiking, barbeques, and more. It’s great to be able to get outside in the sunshine, but make sure to remember your sunscreen! Sunscreen should be worn year-round to protect against UV rays, which can even penetrate cloud cover, but is especially important in the summer when people are outdoors more often.

Sunscreen Protects Against Sun Damage and Skin Cancer

One of the main causes of wrinkles and age spots is sun exposure. UV rays can cause premature wrinkling and brown spots and can create rough skin texture. Wearing sunscreen and hats, and limiting time spent in direct sunlight, can help to prevent these signs of aging. Dr. Isaac at MI Skin Dermatology offers a range of sun protection products that can help you to preserve your youthful skin!

Sunscreen can also help prevent skin cancer. Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer, yet is also one of the most easily preventable. If you discover a skin discoloration or a strange mole, have it checked out immediately by a board-certified dermatologist such as Dr. Isaac, as it could be skin cancer. Take advantage of skin cancer screenings, as well. Dr. Isaac offers PDT, or photodynamic therapy, which can treat pre-cancerous lesions effectively.

Sun Damage Treatments

If you have not been diligent about sun protection over the years, there are treatments available which can help to reverse the signs of sun damage. Micro-needling is a treatment which has become popular in recent years due to its non-invasive nature and lack of recovery time needed, and which can help to reduce brown spots. Laser skin resurfacing is another effective and popular treatment that can even skin texture, smooth wrinkles, and reduce the appearance of brown and red spots. Talk to Dr. Isaac to see which treatment would be best for your individual concerns!

When it comes to wrinkles, Botox and dermal fillers are some of the best options. Botox can reduce dynamic wrinkles, such as those caused by squinting in the sun, while dermal fillers can help reduce the appearance of static wrinkles, such as marionette lines or lip lines.

Schedule a Sun Damage Consultation Today

If you have sun damage from UV ray exposure, or if you are looking for the right sunscreen for your complexion and skin type, contact MI Skin Dermatology to request a consultation! To learn more about sun damage and to make your appointment, call (202) 393-7546 today.

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