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Is sun damage reversible?

Is sun damage reversible?
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A team of university researchers is trying to figure out if we are able to undo or at least mitigate the damage to our skin caused by UV rays.

The cellular damage caused by UV rays contribute to fine lines and wrinkles, along with increases in skin cancer risks. We can manage and improve the appearance of skin damage using specific skin-rejuvenation treatments. Call us for more information on repairing the effects of sun damage.

What makes our skin leathery?
The major part of the thickening of skin comes from damage to a skin fibre known as elastin. The skin loses its suppleness, and can end up tearing or bruising more easily. Over time, this damaged elastin-containing skin ends up with wrinkling, age spots, spider veins, visible blood vessels and the leathery look.

But doesn’t sunscreen work?
There is evidence to suggest that sunscreen may not have the UV filtering power we believe it to have, and sunscreen may also have further problems with cell toxicity. This means it may not protect us from photoaging in quite as many ways as it claims to.

A skin specialist from the study, Polina Mamoshina, said, ‘Unfortunately, recent studies show that modern sunscreen compounds do not provide complete protection and most of the UV-filters out there have serious side effects.’

The presentation being made later in 2017 by the research team in Basel, Switzerland, will include a comparison of the effects of photoaging compared to normal chronological ageing to demonstrate the differences in photoaged skin, and how they are using this information to develop treatments. The purpose of the research is to find a more effective treatment against damaged skin symptoms, and to minimise risks of skin cancer.

Ongoing research into cell pathways
The research team is continuing to study photoaging, relying on the Geroscope software platform. The software analyses and compares the pathways that cells take to become dysregulated, using 2,000 skin samples taken from people with both chronologically and photoaged skin. The team then wants to integrate anti-ageing treatments – geroprotectors – to fight the photoaging process.

With a disintegrating ozone and increasing levels of skin cancer, interrupting photoaging and UV damage is an important area of study. We have several treatments that can remove the topmost damaged cells, to rejuvenate the skin layers. This is most often done by our range of top-of-the-range lasers and energy- and wave-based devices.

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