When you look in the mirror and see freckle here or a broken capillary there, know this is your skin’s way of defending itself.
As a form of protection from the damaging UV rays, your skin makes more melanin. Extra amounts of this dark brown pigment show up as that coveted tan, which in and of itself is a sign of damage no matter how “healthy” it may look to you. This reinforces the notion that the only healthy tan comes in a bottle or a spraying system like Mystic Tan. This defense mechanism can also result in uneven areas of skin color, such as bigger splotches and smaller age or brown spots, and freckles. You may notice as you get older those freckles that only stuck around in the summer never go away. It’s now a year-round problem.
Sun damage can also show up as:
- Vertical creases
- Deep wrinkles
- Loose, saggy skin
- Rough, scaly precancerous patches known as actinic or solar keratoses
Chemical peels may treat many types of sun damage. A chemical solution is applied to your skin to create controlled damage. Unlike damage from UV rays, this is a beneficial injury in that the skin revealed post-healing looks and feels better, free of the likes of red or brown spots and patches.
Dr. Gerald Bock uses the Vitalize Peel® for mild to moderate skin imperfections caused by prolonged, cumulative sun damage. These imperfections may include fine lines and rough texture. Compelling results may be attained within three to six peels, though you may notice a difference after just one peel.
Dr. Bock may also determine Obagi Nu-Derm® is the best choice for your discoloration, roughness, redness, sallow complexion, and other conditions. Unlike so many other types of peels, you are not limited to chairside appointments. This protocol may be safely applied from the convenience of your home. Morning and evening routines differ slightly, but generally include cleansing, toning, clearing, exfoliating, hydrating, and shielding (from sun’s effects) with a number of products.
Dr. Bock will prescribe the protocol and frequency of treatment, but generally you can expect to see visible improvements in a month and a half. For some concerns, such as deeper lines and wrinkles, Dr. Bock offers a Croton Oil peel. Modern-day deep peels remain a powerful treatment but are safer, partly because they may be better customized to a patients’ needs and skin type.
California Skin & Laser’s facial peel options are also not limited to chemicals. Dr. Bock and his team may identify laser peels or laser rejuvenation is the best option for you and your specific areas of concern. To find out if chemical peels for sun damage in Stockton is best for you, call 209-751-4292 to schedule a consultation.