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Sun Damage: Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

at Omniya Clinic in London

What is sun damage?

Sun damage is caused by the skin being overexposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays. While you cannot reverse DNA damage caused by the sun, you can treat its aesthetic effects. 

Long term sun damage can cause pigmentation changes, such as age spots and freckles. It can also cause a loss of skin tone and uneven skin texture.

While we recommend wearing sun cream daily and covering your skin as much as possible when being exposed to direct sunlight, pre-existing sun damage can be irreversible. However, minimising the appearance of sun damage is possible through certain treatments. 

A member of our team will be happy to talk you through which treatment will be most suited towards your needs.

What are the causes of sun damange?

When exposed to the sun for a prolonged period, the skin feels the effects of the UV rays on its surface. This causes the skin to produce melanin to protect it from damage, resulting in tanning.

As the skin becomes darker, more melanin is produced, overly exposing the epidermis to UV rays. 

Although the skin needs some exposure to sunlight (it being an important source of vitamin D) overexposure to UV can damage the skin’s cellular DNA. This can cause pigmentation, wrinkles, dryness, and sunburn.

What are the symptoms of sun damange?

When the skin is burned by the sun, cells become damaged. This causes the skin to peel. 

However, some rays can cause long-term damage to the collagen and elastin within the skin, resulting in early wrinkles and sagging. These symptoms are common on the face, hands, and shoulders – these areas being the most exposed to the sun. 

Other symptoms of sun damage include age spots, thread veins and even skin cancer.

What treatments are available at Omniya?

There are various treatments which we offer here at Omniya to help you improve the appearance of sun damaged skin.

Skin peels 

Skin peels are a chemical exfoliation process, penetrating the skins deeper layers. The process stimulates collagen, increasing cellular turnover and leaving you with fresh and radiant skin.

By removing the old outer layer of the epidermis, new skin growth is encouraged. This is a great solution for improving the appearance of sun damage, by both brightening and clarifying the skin tone.

Laser treatments

Our laser treatments employ a simple three-step process. It provides you with optimum stimulation of both the dermis and epidermis, resulting in collagen renewal to help with deep scarring and uneven skin tones.


Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure for symptoms of sun damage. 

It usually consists of small needles making holes in the epidermis, stimulating your skin’s healing process. The skin is encouraged to produce more collagen and elastin, these proteins keeping the skin firm and smooth.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) 

PRP is a non-surgical and natural treatment which uses your skin’s healing abilities to stimulate collagen production. This helps to brighten, rehydrate, and rejuvenate the skin after just one treatment. 

The procedure is great for reducing the appearance of scarring and wrinkles, these being some of the main symptoms of sun damage.

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