What are Age Spots and Sun Damage?
Age spots are small, dark areas on the skin, also known as liver spots, solar lentigines, or sun spots. They can vary in shape and size and usually appear on the face, hands, shoulders and arms – the areas of the body are most commonly exposed to the sun. The best treatment for age spots and sun damage will depend on the severity of your spots, their location, and your skin’s health.
Many of our patients start to see age spots in their 30s or 40s. Most express that these spots, even if they are not harmful to their health, make them feel or look older than their actual age. Age spot and sun damage treatments are popular procedures because they are minimally invasive, have little recovery time, and can fix one of the more embarrassing aspects of ageing skin. If you’re tired of covering your age spots, visit our southern Illinois office for a consultation.
Age Spot Prevention
Sun causes age spots, which means the best form of prevention is to avoid the sun. Wear sunscreen every day and apply it at least 30 minutes prior to sun exposure. Whenever possible, wear protective clothing during the day, and try to avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., when the sun’s rays are at their most intense. Taking these steps can prevent new spots from emerging.
Age spot prevention may sound simple, but it requires generating and implementing a new daily routine. We know that building these habits can be tough. If you want a more personalized approach to sun and age spot prevention, we recommend visiting our Mt. Vernon office. A skin care specialist can work with you to develop a strategy that works for your skin and lifestyle.
The Best Treatment for Age Spots and Sun Damage
There are various proven ways that our board certified cosmetic dermatologists treat age spots and sun spots depending on the level of severity or the desired results of our patients. Typical treatments include:
- Skin Peels, which help diminish the appearance of age spots by utilizing a chemical solution to remove the outer layer of the skin. The new skin that appears is usually smoother, less wrinkled, and has less visible pigmentation.
- IPL laser treatment, which is a newer, non-invasive approach to skin revitalization. It uses intense pulses of light to improve skin tone and the surface imperfections that are most associated with aging and sun damage.
- Cosmeceutical skin care products may also help with age and sun spots. These clinically proven products are developed with biologically active ingredients to enhance overall skincare efficacy. Products specifically formulated to treat hyperpigmentation in the skin can reduce the appearance of dark spots on the face, neck, chest, and hands. These medical-grade skin care products are only available through a dermatologist or qualified medical professional.
When to See a Doctor for Age Spots and Sun Damage
In some cases, sun spots may appear to be something else, like cancerous moles and growths. If you are concerned about your age spots and sun damage, don’t hesitate to make an appointment. The expertise of our board-certified dermatologist/dermatopathologist can be helpful in accurately diagnosing unusual and unexplained skin conditions.
Moreover, all sun spot treatments require the help of a dermatologist, as they incorporate strong skin resurfacing ingredients and specialized equipment. If you want to treat this pigmentation, you’ll need to visit the doctor. Don’t let unsightly age spots make you feel older than you are. If you’ve noticed a change in your skin and are unhappy with the dark spots that may be appearing, it’s time to schedule your consultation. Contact us today to schedule!