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I have been a patient of Dr. White for about three years. I find him very knowledgeable and professional. I just had a skin cancer removed by sur...

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Jul 26, 2011

Sun Damage/Uneven Pigmentation

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What causes sun damage and uneven pigmentation?

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), there’s no such thing as a safe tan. While a small amount of sun exposure is good for us, prolonged and life-long sun exposure damages the skin.  The results of sun damage include premature wrinkling, age spots and textural changes that can make you look older than you really are. 

While we can't turn back the clock, sun damage and uneven pigmentation can be significantly improved. The result for you is a younger, more invigorated appearance.

What can I do to reverse the signs of sun damage and uneven pigmentation?

Our dermatologists offer a range treatments that help repair facial sun damage that appears as fine lines and wrinkles, as well as uneven pigmentation known as brown spots, melasma, large freckles, “age spots,” and “liver spots”.  Brown spots may be treated with prescription-strength bleaching creams or, for more rapid and effective results, with chemical peels or pigment lasers that target melanin in the skin.  Patients can have the confidence that their treatment is overseen by a board-certified dermatologist and that our outstanding results are proven by thousands of satisfied patients from Charlotte, Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Clover, Indian Land, and Lancaster.

Brown Spots

Brown SpotsSun damage is often in the form of brown spots such as melasma, large freckles, and "age spots",  all of which can be treated and minimized with laser treatments and chemical peels. Melasma, sometimes referred to as the “mask of pregnancy,” is a common skin condition that causes brown to gray-brown patches on the sun-exposed areas of the skin, usually the face. Ninety percent of sufferers are women.

Red Spots

Red SpotsRed spots can be caused by broken capillaries, cherry angiomas or telangiectasias. And while they are usually medically insignificant, they may be cosmetically bothersome.  They are very common and can be removed with a special type of laser.

For additional information on how to prevent additional sun damage, please click here to the American Academy of Dermatology’s tips for sun protection.

Contact us about achieveing younger looking, clearer and more invigorated skin.  Because you're beautiful inside and out.

Request an immediate appointment to find out more about:

  • Microdermabrasion
  • Chemical Peels
  • Laser Treatments
  • Facials
  • Prescription and Over-the-Counter Products

If you are interested in learning more about skin cancer treatments, skin cancer surgery, medical dermatology or cosmetic dermatology in the Rock Hill, South Carolina, and Charlotte, North Carolina metro area, click here to request an appointment with Dr. Timothy Woodall, Dr. Richard White, or Ms. Kristin Berka. Or you can call our office, The Palmetto Skin & Laser Center, at (803) 329-6030 to schedule your appointment.