Dermatologist shares favorite drugstore products to reverse sun damage

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- If you got a little too much sun this summer or in years past, studies show you can reverse some of the signs of sun damage, and it isn't as expensive as you might think.

There are pricey procedures at the doctor's office, but a local dermatologist shared her favorite drugstore options and ingredients that work.

"I think it's important people realize there are so many wonderful things on the market today that can prevent and reverse it. There's no reason your budget should prevent you from getting help," said Dr. Sherry Ingraham with Advanced Dermatology. "They can not only help turn over the skin, but help acne, help prevent fine lines and wrinkles, inhibit brown spots, and can help reduce some signs of sun damage."

Ingraham says start with products containing the ingredient retinol. You can get retinols with a prescription, but there are also some in the drugstore. Ingraham likes Roc products that are priced around $16.

Another key ingredient to look for is hyaluronic acid, which is especially good for wrinkles. Ingraham recommends Neutrogena's Rapid Wrinkle Repair, which costs about $17.

Also, be sure to look for products with Vitamin A, C, and E, which can help reverse the signs of sun damage and prevent further damage.

Everyone should also wear sunscreen daily and it should be SPF 30 or higher. Ingraham says you should also make sure it is UVA and UVB blocking. Her over the counter pick is La Roche Posay, which is a combination of sunscreen and antioxidants. It will run you about $23.

"Suncreen doesn't block all the free radicals. That's what I tell patients they should invest in," Ingraham said.

It will take time to see results, no matter which products you choose. Doctors recommend sticking with an anti-aging product for at least a month. If you still aren't seeing results, then you may need to consult a dermatologist.

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