Many of us are of an age where, in our younger days, we reached for the coconut oil before a day of fun in the sun, rather than the sunscreen. The darker the tan the better….or so we thought. If only we knew in the 80’s and 90’s what we know today. We now know that tanned skin does not equal healthy skin and that the leading cause of prematurely ageing skin is sun damage. The years of damage that we caused back then are now wreaking havoc on our best attempts to slow down and mask the appearance of ageing skin.

In this article, we explain the signs and symptoms of sun damaged skin, plus the leading scientifically and medically based treatments that can slow, and in some cases, reverse the signs of ageing.

Top 3 Signs & Symptoms of Sun Damaged Skin


Darker patches or irregular colouring of the skin, referred to as pigmentation, is perhaps just as ageing as lines and wrinkles or grey hair. Pigmentation, also commonly referred to as age spots, is caused by the body’s response to protect itself from the sun’s damaging rays by producing melanin in the skin. In some cases, the extra production of melanin is uneven, resulting in the uneven darker patches of skin.

Facial Redness

Sun damage can also result in ongoing facial redness, due to the permanent stretching of small blood vessels in the skin. Facial redness from sun damage is not to be confused with Rosacea, which is a skin condition involving persistent facial flushing and redness, enlarged capillaries and bumps on the skin.

Lines & Wrinkles

Fine lines and wrinkles are considered the most troublesome signs of sun damaged skin. Sun damage causes degradation of collagen and elastin, hence the skin loses firmness and elasticity. Whereas redness and pigmentation can be camouflaged with good-quality makeup, lines and wrinkles are not so easy to hide! So how do we treat sun damaged skin?


Leading Treatments For Sun Damaged Skin

LimeLight IPL is our most popular treatment for treating pigmentation (freckles, age spots, uneven texture & colour) and redness in sun damaged skin. The selective dermal heating process stimulates new collagen production and helps to firm the skin, reduce pore size, and fade pigmentation and redness. 

An exceptional treatment for sun damaged skin is Cutera Laser Genesis. This innovative, non-invasive laser treatment has been scientifically proven to stimulate the production of new collagen, regenerating the skin’s strength and firmness. It safely and effectively treats ageing skin and sun damage, including; uneven texture, large pores, lines and wrinkles, excessive redness and pigmentation. It restores radiance and promotes a more youthful appearance.

Secret Micro Needling RF can be used to restore plumpness and a youthful glow. Benefits include lifting and tightening of the skin, wrinkle reduction and pore size reduction.

Anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers are ideal for treating lines and wrinkles. Fillers can also add volume to sun damaged skin where fullness has been lost over time.

A personalised skin care regime is paramount for treating and reversing the signs of ageing. Cosmeceutical skin care, facials and peels that are tailored to your specific skin condition can assist to even out pigmentation, reduce redness and minimise fine lines. A qualified and experienced skin clinician can recommend the right skin care plan for you. At Appearance Clinic Australia, we offer a complimentary consultation with our expert skin therapist.


Book Your Free Consultation

The most effective treatment for sun damaged skin starts with a skin analysis, followed by a customised treatment plan using proven effective treatments and skin care.

Book your complimentary consultation with an expert skin therapist at Appearance Clinic Australia. A complete skin analysis will be conducted, and we can answer any questions that you have and recommend a personalised treatment plan.

Simply click on the button below to book your complimentary consultation online now. Alternatively, you can call our friendly and experienced team on (03) 9331 2566.