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How to Repair and Reverse Skin Damage

Updated: Jul 10

Glowing Skin

Whether caused by sun exposure, aging, or lifestyle choices, skin damage is a universal problem that can affect your confidence and overall health. The good news is that with the right approach, you can repair and even reverse skin damage.

At The Johnson Center for Health, our 8-week Skin Protection and Wellness program is designed to help reverse skin damage and prevent it in the future. But before you sign up for a holistic glow-up, let’s learn more about the causes of skin damage and methods of skin damage repair that you can get started on this very minute (hint: go get a drink of water before you read on!)

Understanding Skin Damage

Before we explore skin damage reversal, it's crucial to understand what causes skin damage. Common factors include:

Sun Exposure

The sun emits UVA and UVB rays, both of which can harm your skin. UVA rays penetrate deeply and contribute to aging and skin cancer, while UVB rays cause sunburn and also play a role in skin cancer.

  • DNA Damage: UV radiation damages the DNA in skin cells, leading to mutations. This can result in premature aging, sunspots, and an increased risk of skin cancers.

  • Sunburn: Acute exposure to UVB rays results in sunburn, characterized by redness, pain, swelling, and sometimes blistering.

  • Photoaging: Chronic sun exposure accelerates the aging process, leading to wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity, and uneven pigmentation.


As you age, the production of collagen and elastin, proteins responsible for skin firmness and elasticity, decreases. This leads to wrinkles, sagging skin, and fine lines.

  • Thinning Skin: The outer layer of the skin, the epidermis, becomes thinner, making the skin more fragile and prone to damage.

  • Slower Regeneration: The skin’s ability to repair and renew itself slows down with age, resulting in dull and uneven skin tone.

  • Reduced Hydration: Aging skin produces less natural oil, leading to dryness and increased sensitivity.

Lifestyle Choices

That old cliché “you are what you eat” has never been truer than when looking at the state of your skin. From diet to sleep habits, skin repair all comes down to the little choices you make every day.

  • Impact of Poor Diet: High-sugar and processed foods can cause inflammation and accelerate aging, leading to acne and dull skin.

  • Alcohol: Excessive alcohol consumption dehydrates the skin, disrupts the natural barrier function, and can cause redness and puffiness.

  • Chronic Stress: Prolonged stress increases cortisol levels, which can lead to skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

Holistic Approaches to Repair and Reverse Skin Damage

We may be biased, but we’ve also been around the block a time or two in the effort to repair and reverse skin damage, which is why we can say that Dr. Johnson's Skin Protection and Wellness Program is the most effective and convenient way to address the needs of your skin. With our team of functional medicine specialists, we can customize a plan to meet your specific needs, from lifestyle adjustments to supplement intake.

But, we get it. Sometimes you need to try things out for yourself before getting professional help. And we respect that! So, here are some things you can do all on your own to prevent, repair, and reverse skin damage.

How to Repair Skin Damage

Healthy Diet

Your skin reflects what you eat: it’s as simple as that. So, try to cut out the extra sugars and highly processed foods, and find ways to up your antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Focus on:

  • Fruits and Vegetables: Packed with vitamins A, C, and E, which protect against oxidative stress.

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Found in fish, flaxseeds, and walnuts, these help maintain skin elasticity.

  • Hydration: Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and flush out toxins.

Natural Skincare Routine

Build daily habits to support your skin. Opt for natural and organic skincare products that are free from harsh chemicals. Ingredients to look for include:

  • Aloe Vera: Known for its soothing and healing properties.

  • Green Tea Extract: Rich in antioxidants, it helps repair damage and reduce inflammation.

  • Vitamin C: Essential for collagen production and skin brightening.

Sun Protection

Prevent further damage by protecting your skin from harmful UV rays.

  • Use Sunscreen: Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and reapply every two hours when outdoors.

  • Wear Protective Clothing: Hats, sunglasses, and long sleeves can provide extra protection.

  • Seek Shade: Avoid direct sunlight during peak hours (10 AM to 4 PM).

Lifestyle Choices

Chronic stress can accelerate skin aging and exacerbate conditions like acne and eczema. Incorporate stress-reducing practices into your routine:

  • Meditation and Yoga: These practices help calm the mind and reduce stress levels.

  • Get Your Beauty Sleep: Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night to allow your skin to repair and regenerate.

  • Regular Exercise: Exercise increases blood flow, which helps nourish skin cells and keep them healthy. It also helps reduce stress and improve overall well-being.

Skin Protection and Wellness with The Johnson Center for Health

Repairing and reversing skin damage is a journey that requires a holistic approach. By nourishing your body with the right foods, protecting your skin from the sun, managing stress, and using natural skincare products, you can restore your skin's health and vitality. 

Sometimes, you need a personalized professional approach. Consult with the holistic healthcare professionals at The Johnson Center who can provide tailored advice and treatments based on your specific skin concerns. From customized supplements to weekly IV therapies, our team is here to support you every step of the way.

Your skin deserves the best care, and we're committed to helping you achieve a radiant, healthy complexion. Sign up for our Skin Protection and Wellness program to get healthy skin from the inside out. 


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