In earlier newsletters, we’ve addressed prevention and treatment of sun damage. Many of our patient’s complain of color and textural changes of the neck and chest. Common manifestations include blotchy brown pigmentation, redness from fine blood vessels, and thinning/crepey skin. Individuals with fair complexions and those who spend a lot of time in the sun are predisposed.
The changes of the skin on the chest are particularly common in women due to “V” neck shirts and other clothing styles that lead to increased sun exposure. Fortunately, simple remedies are available.
First, avoiding sun exposure and sun protection are of paramount importance. Daily application of a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 is advised. In addition, covering the exposed area when outside for prolonged periods with a scarf or other article of clothing is very beneficial. Photorejuvenation with Intense Pulsed Light is an excellent treatment for photoaging of the chest and neck. Finally, regular application of Tretinoin Cream is also helpful. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling 310-626-4631 ext. 227.