Skin Conditions - Age Spots
Visually, age spots look like larger and sometimes darker freckles covering the hands, face, shoulders, and arms. They vary in size and are sometimes referred to as liver spots, sunspots, or solar lentigines. Though benign, age spots can look like cancerous growths. Typically, sunspots reveal themselves in adults 50 and older, but some younger people may experience them if exposed to a lot of sunlight throughout their lives. Age spots are your body’s defense mechanism that attempts to protect your skin against increasing sun damage.
You might ask, “How do I prevent age spots?” A pretty easy question to answer. Simply put, protect your skin from the sun. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun between 10 am and 2 pm when the sun’s rays are the most intense. When the sun is unavoidable, be sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Wearing tightly woven clothing and a hat capable of protecting your face will also help protect your skin from damaging sun overexposure. Some apparel has ultraviolet protection built-in, and for water sports, protective rash-guards are also available.
How do you get rid of age spots? Good question; the good news is that there are several choices for sunspot mitigation. It is important to note that sunspots do not require medical attention unless they have turned black or have changed in appearance, which requires a check for possible skin cancer. Although age spots might not be physically dangerous, they can be visually unappealing to some. Treatments for age spots can start with skincare products like creams that can lighten your skin. When you need a little more help, it might be time to meet with one of our aestheticians. Aestheticians can perform chemical peels, facials, microneedling with or without PRP therapy. In more extreme cases, light-based treatments like IPL or laser skin resurfacing may be the best choice. Be sure to discuss effectiveness and downtime with your clinician to establish the best course of treatment for your skin.