What to do if You Have Sun Damaged Skin

sun damaged skin

In today’s world, we hear lots about sunscreen and caring for our skin. But, in the past, we may not have all given our skin the love and reapplication of sunscreen it needs.

So, what if you already have sun-damaged skin? Our skin care experts at Dermatology Clinic of Idaho tell us what you can do about that:

1.   Begin or Continue Photoprotection

Photoprotection refers to taking measures to reduce exposure to the sun. It’s critical that you don’t continue to harm your already sun-damaged skin. Sunscreens are one method of photoprotection.

Wearing sunscreen (and reapplying every couple of hours) is important to keep your skin protected. It’s also a good idea to spend time outdoors in shaded areas and avoid direct sunlight in the afternoon when the sun’s rays are harshest. You can also wear clothing with UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) protection and hats to help shield your head and skin.

2.   Add Retinoids and Vitamin C to Your Skin Care Regimen

Anyone with sun-damaged skin should begin a skin care regimen that includes retinoids and Vitamin C. In addition to retinoids and Vitamin C, choose products with alpha-hydroxy acid, beta-hydroxy acid, glycolic acid, antioxidants, and peptides. Some of our favorites include ALASTIN Skincare products.

3.   Treat Those Wrinkles and Discoloration from Your Sun Damaged Skin

Treating sun-damaged skin means treating wrinkles, red discoloration, and brown discoloration. In addition to the cosmetic treatments mentioned above, you may be able to help reduce wrinkles with injectables like BOTOX® Cosmetic.

4.   Get Your Regular Skin Exams

And beyond aesthetic concerns, a friendly reminder to keep an eye on your skin health by doing self skin exams and working with your Skin Care Provider. Regularly track any potential issues and changes. An annual skin exam with your Provider is critically important for everyone.


You can make an appointment to speak with an experienced Dermatology Clinic of Idaho Provider about your skin, any existing sun damage you want to address, possible treatments to consider, customizing a skin care regimen, and your annual skin exam.