Our expert says:
Hi Nomsa, thank you for the question.
Ideally one would like to examine the skin before deciding on the best treatment option (topical, injectable, laser, etc.) so my advice would be to consider seeing an aesthetic medical practitioner, plastic surgeon, or a dermatologist with a special interest in anti-ageing (cosmetic dermatology) who can guide you on the correct path.
Generally speaking skin that has been damaged through UV exposure will respond to a certain degree with a topical regime that must include ingredients such as alphahydroxy and polyhydroxy acids, growth factors, stem cell derivatives, vitamin C, and vitamin A derivatives. Added to this chemical peels should be considered to further enhance the anti-wrinkling effect (such as the more superficial glycolic or low percentage TCA peels - 7% to 10% or even the medium depth peels - TCA 15% to 20%).
The type of treatment is purely dependant on the degree of sun damage and unfortunately you may have to consider injectable treatments and even IPL or fractional skin resurfacing (lasers).
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