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Sun-Damaged Skin Treatments for Patients of Any Age

Sun-damaged skin can happen to everyone. Even with consistent sunscreen use, it’s impossible to escape the long-term damaging effects of the sun, although it can be minimized—so sunscreen is still important! Depending on your skin type and age, sun damage can manifest itself in a variety of ways including wrinkles, spots and uneven skin tone. At Honu Women’s Health, we believe you deserve to look and feel your best every single day, no matter your stage in life. Skin damage from the sun causes signs of aging that can affect a woman’s self-esteem, which is why we offer several different treatment options for patients seeking to reverse signs of sun damage. After a thorough consultation, we will develop a customized plan unique to your goals and lifestyle to help you achieve healthier skin.

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Signs of Sun Damage

 Climate, lifestyle, or too much exposure to the sun’s harmful rays can result in wrinkles or unwanted skin texture. Some of these skin issues arise due to the sun removing needed moisture from the skin. In turn, dry skin can develop wrinkles or a leather-like texture. Prolonged sun exposure, even if you rarely experience a sunburn, can result in damage to the deeper skin layers.

Sunspots are another common sign of sun damage. Often referred to as “age spots” or “liver spots,” they are caused by overactive pigment cells. These cells produce melanin at a faster rate when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun or tanning beds. Sunspots can affect people of all ages and skin types, but they are more common in people with light skin. They appear as flat, oval-shaped areas that are usually tan, brown or black. They occur on areas of the skin that receive the most sun exposure, such as the face, backs of hands, tops of feet and shoulders.


Treatments for Sun-Damaged Skin

 Honu Women’s Health offers numerous treatments for sun-damaged skin. A popular treatment for mild to moderate sun-damage is microneedling. Microneedling is an effective, minimally invasive treatment that does not use chemicals. Over time, it will improve the appearance of wrinkles, sunspots and acne scars. The device works by quickly puncturing the skin multiple times with ultrafine needle tips to induce regeneration through the stimulation of collagen and elastin production. This results in smoother, clearer looking skin.

Another popular treatment for sun-damaged skin is fractional laser therapy. Our laser technology precisely targets unwanted wrinkles or pigment from sun damage without harming the surrounding skin. When your skin absorbs the laser energy, your body’s natural healing process begins creating new, healthy skin in the treatment area. Laser therapy for sun damage produces amazing results with minimal downtime.

As an enhancement to deeper resurfacing treatments, such as laser therapy or microneedling, dermalinfusion is a three-in-one solution to a wide variety of skin concerns that combines exfoliation, extraction and the infusion of condition-specific serums for skin issues such as hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, or congestion. It is a prime option for women with sun damaged skin seeking fast brightening or hydrating results with little downtime; in fact, many women have a dermalinfusion treatment on the day of a big event at which they need to look their best.

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Preventing Sun-Damaged Skin

When it comes to sun damage, prevention is key! Not all sunscreens are created equally, which is why we carry professional grade physical sunscreens in our office that are safe and effective. Our sunscreens are reef safe, will not clog pores and are perfect for priming your skin to wear under makeup. Even if your makeup contains sun protection, you should still wear a physical sunscreen underneath to keep your skin protected when your makeup wears off. Our skincare experts are here to help you discover the perfect sun protection products for your unique skin type.

Personalized Care

At Honu Women’s Health, we believe your skin is an important part of your total body health. Sun-damaged skin is among the most treatable skin conditions and there are many procedures and products available at our office to help reverse signs of sun damage. We are proud to offer these cutting-edge treatments and products to our patients as part of a customized plan to improve total body health.


Contact us today at 808-638-3108 for a consultation. We would love to develop a plan based on your unique skin type and goals to help you achieve healthier skin through a combination of treatments for sun-damaged skin.