In last month’s newsletter (derm90210.com), we discussed the signs of photoaging secondary to chronic exposure to UV radiation from the sun and tanning beds. This month we address treatment. The first line of defense is minimizing exposure to the sun especially between 10 am and 4 pm and complete avoidance of tanning beds. It’s also important to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with UVA/UVB protection and SPF 30. Reversal of photodamage can be achieved with regular application of Retinoid Creams. Over the counter products containing Retinol offer some benefits, but prescription creams such as Tretinoin and Tazarotene are more potent. Tretinoin has been investigated more than any other retinoid for the treatment of photoaging. Studies have shown a decrease in wrinkles, tactile roughness, and sallowness. Retinoids also bolster skins elasticity, slowing the breakdown of collagen (which helps keep skin firm), and lightening brown spots caused by sun exposure. With prescription retinoids, a patient might notice smoother, more even-toned skin in as early as 6 to 8 weeks.
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month:
In addition to period evaluation by your dermatologist, it’s advisable to perform monthly self-skin exams to detect early signs of skin cancer. For simple helpful tips, see our May 2016 blog: How to detect early signs of skin cancer (derm90210.com)