Spending a lot of time out in the sun can expose your skin to a great deal of sun damage. This results in hyperpigmentation which can be difficult to cover up with cosmetics. If you’ve developed brown spots, age spots, or deep wrinkles due to too much sun exposure, we can help. At McLean & Potomac Dermatology, we offer IPL Photofacial and chemical peel treatments to improve your skin’s pigmentation and help you feel beautiful again. Schedule an appointment in McLean or Potomac to learn more today.

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What Causes Sun Damage?

Sun damage occurs when your skin becomes overexposed to the sun. Spending a lot of time outdoors without sunscreen or other forms of protection leaves our skin vulnerable to UVA and UVB rays. Over time, this exposure can lead to a darkening of the skin that is not always attractive and can sometimes leave us with permanent pigmentation issues.

How Do We Address Sun Damage?

IPL is one of the best treatments to address signs of sun damage. IPL is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment. IPL diminishes the appearance of pigmented lesions on the skin. It can be used on all parts of the body, including the face, arms, legs and chest or any area that shows discoloration as a result of sun exposure. 

This treatment aims to reduce the appearance of pigmented lesions and evens the skin tone. By changing the settings on the laser, IPL also diminishes the appearance of blood vessels, small veins, redness, rosacea, and broken capillaries.

What to Expect From Treatment

The only way to prevent sun damage is to protect your skin from the sun using sunscreen and physical barriers. Wide-brimmed hats, plastic-rimmed sunglasses, and surf shirts are recommended for skin protection from direct sunlight, in addition to use of broad spectrum sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection. Sunscreen with SPF 50 or more is recommended for adults and children.

IPL treatments and chemical peels are a good choice for improving your skin non-invasively. It will take several sessions to get the best results. However, treatments take little time and no downtime is needed after a visit.

Find Sun Damage Treatments in McLean, VA, or Potomac, MD

Reduce the appearance of sun spots, brown spots, and other pigmentation issues here at McLean & Potomac Dermatology. We offer chemical peels and IPL Photofacial treatments to help you get the skin you deserve. Schedule a consultation in McLean or Potomac to learn more today.

You can reach us by messaging us through the Klara app on this website or giving us a call at (703) 356-5111.

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