The Top 5 Reasons Why Your Skin Freaks Out in the Sun and Exactly How to Stop Them

Even if the sun is behind the clouds you should always be wearing sunscreen and if you’re not, you need to be, whether you’re spending your summer at the beach or using your lunch break as a time to get your vitamin D boost. If you’re religiously applying your SPF but still confused as to why your skin is turning red then there could be multiple underlying reasons for this. Here are 5 of the most common issues related to sun exposure and how to manage and prevent them.

1. You’re prone to rosacea

If you’re covered in SPF and still look like you’re burning, especially on your face and chest then this could be a result of rosacea says New York dermatologist, Dr Whitney Bowe. Rosacea sufferers blood vessels can be very reactive and when you’re hot, as a way to regulate your body temperature, your body will dilate the blood vessels close to the skin which causes this redness. Always make sure you’re hydrated and cool when out in the sun to prevent blushing but a way to treat redness is to carry a cooler containing an ice pack or cold drink and hold this against the affected red area. If the redness doesn’t fade then The UV rays could be the problem, always make sure you use a high SPF – 30 or above explains Dr Bowe. We recommend Rosacure to help treat Rosacea as it reduces permanent and intermittent reddening skin and thread veins through desensitising the skin against reddening triggers making the skin more tolerant. Evidence and Success Stories available. We also recommend Enerpeel Mandelic acid skin treatments for the management of Rosacea and thread veins.This peelincorporates a 5% concentration of MSM deep into the skin. MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) has been shown to exhibit significant anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties making it a fantastic new treatment for reddening skin. Call us on 0333 247 2474 to find out where you can have this amazing treatment.

2. You just need to cool off

Prickly heat is caused when your sweat glands are blocked. This could be a result of tight clothing or sensitive skin and humidity, the sweat builds up which causes an uncomfortable reaction explains Manhattan-based dermatologist Dr Joshua Zeichner.

In order to avoid this nasty reaction wear loose clothing and make sure you keep yourself cool.  If you do find yourself experiencing a reaction, Sensicure Cream Gel is a brilliant treatment for prickly heat as it delivers a calming action to rapidly and effectively control the signs of irritation. Also used to reduce the frequency and degree of itching and burning and reduces unpleasant tightness.

3. You’re using birth control pills

Melasma is a reaction result from a combination of fluctuating hormones from factors like birth control and pregnancy and UV rays. Bowe explains that the blotchy, brown hyper-pigmentation that may appear on your forehead, above your lip and on your upper cheeks is usually melasma. Always wear plenty of SPF and a large hat when in the sun to protect yourself from the UV rays to prevent this from happening in the first place.

We recommend using Thiospot, its new formula reduces pigmentation levels in the skin safely improving skin discolouration caused by increased melanin production.

We also recommend Enerpeel JR for melasma to give a smooth and even skin tone. Call us on 0333 247 2474 to find out where you can have this amazing treatment.

4. You’re allergic to the sun

PMLE (Polymorphous light eruption) is a skin allergy that can leave you with a spotty, red and itchy rash when exposed to the sun and after you leave it, says Zeichner. In simpler words, your skin has had an allergic reaction to the sun. This usually happens earlier in the summer season or if you haven’t been exposed to the sun a lot. Make sure you’re always reapplying your SPF and in order to get your skin used to the sun and to make sure it doesn’t react as strongly, acclimate your skin to the sun slowly. Ceramide boosting can also reduce sun sensitivity and sun reactivity. SkinMed recommend Hydratime and Nutritime for ceramide boosting as they can increase lipid density in the epidermis. This can then lead to a normalization of lipid levels reduced by hormonal triggers.

5. You’ve handled limes

If lime juice is mixed with UV rays, this can cause phytophotodermatitis – a burn-like reaction on the skin, explains Zeichner. Depending on whether the lime juice has dripped or splashed, the reaction will be seen in streaks or little dots. Always make sure to wash your hands thoroughly, washing away any drips and splashes after handling the limes. If skin has had contact with limes we recommend using Sensicure Cream Gel due to its powerful soothing, desensitising and hydrating action to eliminate any burning or stinging sensations.

Aging Explained and How to Stop it Dead in it’s Tracks!

When it comes to ageing, most people first turn to facial skin care to hide the signs. From sagging skin to pigmentation spots, appearance of fine lines and excessive dryness – these are issues experienced by most, and most try to safeguard themselves against it, but there are other more visible signs of ageing that most people tend to overlook. It’s not just the face that needs care and attention, but wrinkled elbows, veiny hands, cracked heels and a drooping neck among other body parts need to be looked into. Eating healthy, being fit and a good skin care regime can help reduce the signs of ageing.

Hands show ageing first

Hands are the first to start showing signs of age followed by the face and neck. Often ignored body parts include hands, knees, neck, elbows, and cleavage. You can take care by using sunscreen as these parts of the body are most exposed to sun damage. It is essential to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen on regular basis to hands, neck, elbows and cleavage. Since these areas are usually dry, apply a thick moisturiser and the best thing is that this effect does not last only for a few days, but stays for up to a year, The SkinMed Hydratime® day cream and Nutritime® night cream offer superb upper skin hydration and re-establish the skins barrier properties, they provide sun protection, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agents, which all play a crucial role in decreasing signs of aging.

Treatments can help

Dr Mohan Thomas, senior cosmetic surgeon, The Cosmetic Surgery Institute says moisturisation after a bath and prevention of sun damage are the most important requirements to prevent ageing changes. “Knees, elbows and the neck develop pigmentation due to sun damage.” The décolletage or the upper chest skin is frequently exposed to the direct rays of the sun which means this area is especially prone to sun damage and pigmentation, if you do suffer from pigmentation from sun damage fear not, there’s a solution!

The SkinMed® Thiospot range can help lighten dark pigmentation marks caused by sun damage and even contains a UV filter to protect spots from darkening more from the ultraviolet rays from the sun, which in turn can visually improve the colour and texture of the skin in these areas.

Keep Pigmentation at Bay

Use a Good Quality Face Wash

Dependant on your skin, you need a good quality face wash over the hot season. It will refresh your skin, removing impurities and make your face clean and spot free, if you have sensitive skin it’s important to use a gentle cleanser, these are tough on acne, kind to your skin. Aknicare’s Gentle Cleansing Gel is a superb solution to ensure your skin is kept clean and acne free, whilst being gentle on your face. If you don’t have sensitive skin, you can use the normal Aknicare cleanser, this product has been clinically proven to deliver remarkable results. Use either of these products withAknicare’s products set, with the fast acting skin-roller containing salicylic acid and the acne creamand say Good-Bye to acne. For good.

Use an SPF at all times 

Even when the sun is not out, use an SPF of 30+. This will not only prevent you from getting tanned but will also make sure that your skin is not susceptible to developing age spots due to the constant exposure to the harmful UV rays of the sun, if you already suffer from forms of hyperpigmentation it’s imperative to remain in the shade or wearing sunscreen or those dark patches will become instantly more prominent. If this is the case, and you want to dramatically reduce the darkness of your pigmentation then fear not, there is now a solution on the market! Thiospot products are aimed at pigmentation sufferers and even contain a UV filter to protect skin spots from darkening when exposed to the suns radiation. So, this would make your ideal companion for you on your summer holidays

Up your fluid intake 

Another way you can protect your skin during this season is by drinking lots of water and fluids through the day. Dermatologists suggest that when you wake up in the morning, consuming a glass of seasonal fresh fruit juice like that of a watermelon will keep your skin hydrated. Further, it will also cleanse your system and keep your skin fresh. Vegetable juices made from cucumber, tomato and kale will keep your skin glowing at all times.

Summer proof your eyes and lips

Last but not the least, your eyes and lips are also prone to pigmentation during this weather. Apply a cooling pack on your eyes — green tea bag dipped in cold water or ice pack on your eyes before you retire for the night. For your lips, use a pack made of cucumber and aloe Vera to lighten the dark patches. You can also use a lip balm that contains SPF during the day so that your lips do not darken.

What is Pigmentation?

Skin pigmentation problems such as age spots, liver spots, post-pregnancy masks and skin discolouration on the face and body affect millions of people in the UK and are a result of increased local skin pigment production, known as melanin.

Melanin protects us from the effects of the sun but often, due to a variety of different influences both environmental and internal, the skin can produce more melanin. This then results in hyper pigmented skin spots or areas, such as age, liver and sun spots, after local damage from acne or burns, or pregnancy mask, which is often seen on the jaw line and other facial areas. Inflammation is a key trigger of increased pigmentation, sometimes from acute inflammation likes spot or injuries and in other cases through extended low inflammation from exposure to sun over years. The latter is key to developing a more sensitised skin and the former is often the trigger that brings out the problem.

There is epidermal and dermal hyper pigmentation. Hormonal triggered pigmentation like melasma and pregnancy mask are deeper and more dermal and harder to treat. While sun damage is more epidermal and easier to treat. A lot of pigmentation is a combination dermal and epidermal and one should ensure assessment with equipment such as a woods lamp to determine the type of pigmentation, so the best treatment option can be suggested.

Traditionally an ingredient called hydroquinone has been used to lighten dark spots but this is now banned in cosmetics due to its reported damaging effects in the skin, and research also shows that its metabolites has even been linked to blood cancers.
However, help is at hand from a safe alternative to hydroquinone cosmetics called Tebiskin LC (Lightening Cream), which has been invented by Dr de Paoli, a leading dermatologist and researcher in the field.

Tebiskin LC is highly effective and reduces excessive pigmentation production in the skin safely. The products natural-based ingredients build up in the skin over a number of weeks, resulting in a gradual slowing down in melanin production and normalising excessive levels. As a result, new lighter skin cells migrate to the skin surface, replacing older, darker skin through natural shedding which is encouraged by a mild exfoliant. Tebiskin LC utilises a combination of 4 ingredients to target 4 different stages of pigmentation manufacture while not damaging the melanocyte (the cells which make pigment) and also not releasing potential carcinogens.

Tebiskin LC does not contain hydroquinone, yet it is just as effective and eliminates the risks associated with this dangerous ingredient.

Peter Roberts, managing director of SkinMed who market Tebiskin LC in the UK, said: “It is vital for people’s health that they stop using cosmetics containing hydroquinone. It is banned in the UK but a significant amount of hydroquinone creams are still imported from countries where it is yet to be banned and a strong black market trade exists. More worrying still are creams containing Arbutin and Bearberry which are natural sources of hydroquinone which are still legal but still supply hydroquinone when applied. Tebiskin LC is a safe alternative to hydroquinone and is just as effective at eradicating skin pigmentation problems.

Also, the use of chemical peels is highly recommended for treating epidermal pigmentation and also combined pigmentation. The revolutionary new EnerPeel system works in the skin rather than on the skin, to enhance skin rejuvenation and reduce melanin production to lighten dark areas of hyperpigmentation. The Tebiskin and Enerpeel range are for Clinics only. For more details on the ranges of skincare treatments and products or to book a skin consultation, please click here to find your closest stockist.