Solaraze Gel is a prescription strength topical gel that is applied to treat the rough areas of your skin caused by sun damage. These lesions are called actinic keratosis and although they are usually considered harmless, a small percentage can turn into a skin cancer known as squamous cell carcinoma. So don’t gamble with the odds, treat all areas affected by the sun’s damaging rays.
Ideally, people should avoid exposure to sunlight whenever possible. This advice has been circulating for years, which brought about tanning booths and beds that gave the users a false sense of safety. They could tan for a fee and avoid the UVA and UVB rays that increase the risk of cancer. Now it’s known that this is just not true as you are still exposing yourself to UV rays.
The main active ingredient of Solaraze Gel is Diclofenac, a non-steroidal anti inflammatory drug (NSAID). When applied as directed, Solaraze is absorbed into your skin cells and Diclofenac blocks an enzyme called cyclo-oxygenase 2 (COX-2) so it cannot manufacture prostaglandins and will reduce the formation of new blood vessels and the growth of new cells. This will shrink the damaged areas of skin and can even cause their disappearance altogether so your risk of skin cancer is decreased.
Over time, exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays will damage then break down your skin fibers, also known as elastin. Your skin will look saggy because there is no elastin to help your skin spring back to its original place. This is more than part of the natural aging process. While you deal with the outside of your stretchy skin, inside is the production of genetic mutations from UV rays damaging the cellular DNA of your skin that could lead to cancer.
Your skin has to last a very long time, so be kind and protect it when you are outdoors. Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. Wear a hat, long-sleeved top or dress and long pants. Reapply the sunscreen often, especially if you go swimming. Fair-haired and fair-skinned? It can take only minutes before your skin begins to burn. Having a tan line doesn’t make you prettier or handsomer; no tan lines make you smarter and by the age of 60, you’ll still have beautiful skin.
Ask your doctor about the safety of applying Solaraze Gel if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding. Explain other medical conditions or allergies you have to your doctor and list any OTC or Rx drugs you currently take or use, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements to be certain Solaraze Gel is right for you.
After you massage Solaraze Gel into the rough skin areas, wait for at least 10 minutes for it to dry before putting clothes on or other topical creams or lotions. Do not wrap, bandage, or apply heat to the treated area as this can cause increased side effects. Keep all medications out of children’s reach and never share them with anyone else.