Age spots also known as sun spots tend to become obvious in your thirties. However some people don’t get them until their 40s or 50s. Luckily for some people, they never get them at all. For those of us who experience these unsightly spots we want to learn how to treat age spots and get rid of them safely and effectively.
More often than not sun spots on the skin are smooth, flat and brown. If it is raised or textured, it is advisable to seek the advice of a medical professional. They resemble a freckle but they are invariably larger than a freckle. It is the sun’s harmful UBV and UV rays that cause them to appear and while they do not pose any risk to your health, they can result in you looking older than you are.
Sun spots are not painful but they can be unsightly and most people want to get rid of them when they appear on the face, although they are also common on the backs of the hands. In fact, any area of the body that is routinely exposed to the sun is in danger of developing sun spots. Treatment is possible and the good news is that it can have fantastic results depending upon the treatment option that you choose.
A major cause of these sun spots is the direct result of excessive exposure to UV radiation. All the excessive exposure to the sun’s UV rays causes pigment producing cells in the skin to become activated and produce more melanin. Melanin is responsible for skin pigmentation and when too much is produced, darker areas (like spots) form. To reduce sun spots you should use treatments that contain ingredients that are clinically proven to inhibit melanin.
Removing sun spots by burning or whitening the skin is not the way to go and should be avoided at all cost due to the skin irritation caused by it. Bleaching creams, laser surgeries, and other removal methods work but are not always effective.
Chemical peels help to fade away the sun spots and there is not much of a recovery period involved because the process is not administered deeply. A word of caution, however, is that the chemical peel can be more intense and therefore cause more discomfort when used.
Another very costly treatment option for sun spots is microdermabrasion. The treatment involves deeply abrading the skin so that the new skin is able to grow.
While its safety is still in question, many people find that it is very effective. Like laser resurfacing however microdermabrasion can be uncomfortable and requires an extended recovery time. It also carries the risk of permanent scarring making it an unsuitable option for many people.
The best thing to get rid of sun spots is to prevent them from developing in the first place. You do this by protecting your skin when going out in the sun and reducing the amount of time your skin is exposed to the harmful rays of the sun.
When out in the sun, always wear proper clothing and a hat large enough to protect your face, eyes, ears, and the back of your neck. Proper coverage will significantly reduce sun spots. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays. Use a good sunscreen lotion that’s right for your skin to also help with sun spots and other skin problems caused by the sun.