Sun Damaged Skin

We’re very lucky here in Geelong, we’re only a short drive to some of the best beaches and coastal towns in Australia. Whether it be spending family time down at Eastern Beach or relaxing down at the Torquay or Ocean Grove beach, we are a region that loves our summer sun.

However, what you might not know is that the Australian sun has some of the highest UV levels in the whole world. In fact, it is even possible to get sun burnt in just 11 minutes during summer’s peak times like January and February. And even though public awareness about sun safety is at an all-time high, it hasn’t always been the case.

20-30 years ago sun safety was not as well publicized and encouraged as what it is for today’s generations. Heck, in the 80s, if you didn’t have a dark tan people thought something might be wrong with you. However, nowadays we know that extended exposure to the sun can cause sun damaged skin and premature ageing of the skin.

What causes Sun Damaged Skin?

At its most simple a continuous exposure to the Sun over a period of time causes sun damaged skin.a

A more scientific explanation is that the Sun’s harmful UVA rays damage and deteriorate the deep layers of the skin called the dermis, where collagen is produced. Collagen is important to the skin’s structure and generally deteriorates with age. However, increased exposure to the harmful UVA rays of the sun can lead to speeding up of this deterioration, causing premature ageing of the skin in the affect areas, most commonly the face and hands.

Examples of Sun Damaged Skin

There are many different types of sun damaged skin, here are a few examples of them:


Sunburn is the immediate reaction your skin has exposure to UV radiation. It usually presents as painful redness of the skin, with more severe burns resulting in blisters and peeling.

sun damaged skin | sun burn examples

Sunburn Images” by DermNet New Zealand is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 NZ

Actinic keratosis (solar keratosis)

Actinic keratosis can present as a scaly/rough patch of discoloured skin. The colour of these patches can vary between pink, red, yellow or brown. They usually appear after repeat long-term exposure to UV rays from the sun.

sun damaged skin | actinic keratoses examples

Actinic keratoses affecting the face images” by DermNet New Zealand is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 NZ


Photoageing is the result of the deterioration of the skin’s collagen from the sun’s UV radiation. As a result, thining the skin causing vessels to appear on the skins surface, prematurely lose elasticity and cause wrinkles and lines to appear.

sun damaged skin | photoaging examples


Photoageing” by DermNet New Zealand is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 NZ

Can Sun Damaged Skin be repaired?

To a certain extent, yes. Your skin may not return to 100 percent of its previous level but there are certainly ways to improve and repair your skin from the symptoms of sun damage.

CRC Treatment for Sun Damaged Skin

At CRC we offer many different treatments that can address the symptoms of Sun Damaged Skin. The treatment we prescribe for you depends on many factors, including the severity of your damage and the type of skin you have. At an initial consultation, we analyse your skin to determine the most suitable treatment plan, which may include more than one of the treatments listed below, to deliver you results.

Treatments for sun damaged skin can include:

Laser Resurfacing: Advanced Laser for sun damaged skin

Advanced laser can be used for sun damaged skin whether it is for freckles, sun spots, and actinic keratosis. Or to regenerate collagen for fine lines and wrinkles.

Can involve the use of either ablative or non-ablative therapies:

Ablative therapies: Pearl fractionated laser removes columns of tissue to stimulate your body’s regeneration processes. This leads to the up-regulation of collagen and elastin production and results in minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as providing a more even skin tone on the surface of the skin. This type of treatment is more suited for those who have moderate to severe sun damage skin.

Non-ablative therapies: laser light penetrates into the dermis to stimulate collagen and elastin production. Non-ablative therapies are also good for treating freckles, sun spots etc.

Find out more about Laser Therapy.

Microdermabrasion Therapy:

Is a mechanical removal of the top layers of skin, giving a dead exfoliation which cannot be achieved at home. Resulting in a brighter and smoother complexion which also encourages cell generation boosting your own natural collagen production in the dermis

Find out more about Microdermabrasion Therapy.

Collagen Induction Therapy:

Skin needling, or otherwise referred to as collagen induction therapy is a treatment where microneedles are punctured into the skin to stimulate the body’s natural collagen and elastin production. This further supports cell regeneration and assists in minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles caused by over exposure to UV light. Furthermore, by stimulating the skin’s collagen and elastin production the dermis becomes thicker and fine lines and wrinkles are reduced.  As a whole, the skin appears brighter and has a more oven skin tone.

Find out more about Collagen Induction Therapy.

Intensive Skin Treatment (Chemical Skin Peels):

Works similar to Microdermabrasion. However, intensive skin treatments are designed to break up the bonds that hold the dead skin cells to the surface instead of mechanically exfoliating over the skin.

Find out more about Chemical Skin Peels.

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