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When Is It Too Late to Treat Sun-Damaged Skin?

Sun damage may cause dark spots, melasma, freckles, and even textural concerns like skin laxity or wrinkles. The good news is that you may improve sun-damaged skin when you fill certain topical prescriptions at a compounding pharmacy.

Sun damage is something that accumulates over a lifetime. If you had several sunburns when you were younger or used tanning beds, you may be at a higher risk of developing sun damage. This is particularly true if you have been lax with the use of sunscreen over the years. However, although it seems like sun damage is impossible to reverse, you could improve sun-damaged skin at any point.

What Topical Prescriptions Can a Compounding Pharmacy Make for Sun Damage?

For aesthetic dermatology, there are several prescriptions available to improve the appearance of sun damage. Some of these prescriptions may be skin-lightening creams that may decrease hyperpigmentation, while others may accelerate cellular turnover to shed dark spots off the skin. Depending on your skin needs, your dermatologist may also recommend your topical treatment be combined with ingredients to improve hydration and firmness.

A compound of hydroquinone and vitamin D has proven to be highly effective in reducing the appearance of dark spots or sun damage on the skin. Hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage may improve with hydroquinone since this prescription gently bleaches and restores the skin. Tretinoin is also commonly used to resurface and restore the appearance of the skin.

What Else Can You Do to Improve Sun Damage?

Along with topical medications to improve sun damage, there are a few other things you could do to reverse dark spots or even prevent sun damage in the future. Using sunscreen, wearing the proper clothing, and limiting your UV exposure might be good places to start.


Sunscreen is essential for preventing sun damage. You should wear sunscreen every day, even on cloudy days because UV rays may travel through clouds. For those who play outdoor or water sports, be sure to select a sunscreen that is designed to be long-wearing or waterproof. You will also need to follow the directions for how frequently sunscreen needs to be applied to give your skin the best protection possible.

Wearing sunscreen may be especially important if you are using topical prescriptions that resurface or lighten the skin, since many of these medications may cause light sensitivity.

Hats and UV Clothing

Wearing hats and UV clothing may protect your skin, particularly if you play outdoor sports, hike, or spend a lot of time outside. Straw hats with wide brims may protect your face and neck from sun exposure, along with baseball caps and knit hats.

UV clothing is typically sports clothing that is designed to deflect UV rays so you may protect all areas of your skin from sun exposure. That said, even if you don’t have UV clothing, dressing in light layers to protect your skin from direct sun exposure could still be helpful.

Limiting UV Exposure

Finally, you might improve and reverse sun damage by limiting UV exposure. Activities such as tanning beds, outdoor sports, and sunbathing may all contribute to the development of sun damage. By limiting these activities (or by using high-quality sunscreen during these activities), you could greatly improve your skin condition.

Although sun damage seems to be a permanent problem, most people may find that it’s never too late to reverse the signs of sun damage. Whether you are eligible for laser treatments for sun damage or not, topical prescriptions for sun damage may be highly effective. To learn more about the prescriptions available to you, contact Wells Pharmacy Network soon.

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