these spots are most commonly brown in appearance
What are age Spots?
Age spots generally occur in adults over 40. However, younger people are also prone to them, if they spend a lot of time in the sunlight. The spots are most commonly brown in appearance but can also be red or almost black in color. The sizes of age spots vary in size from freckle size to half inch, and can often be seen in clusters, making them more noticeable.
Are age spots harmful?
Age spots are harmless. They cannot develop into skin cancer.
What causes age spots?
The pigment cells in the body called ‘melanocytes’ are stimulated by UVA sunlight which produces the pigment called ‘melanin’. The same process occurs when the skin comes into contact with a tanning bed. Other factors, such as skin aging, genetics and hormones contribute to the development of age spots.
Can age spots be prevented?
Age spots can be avoided by applying SPF 30 (or higher) suncreen on the skin when outdoors despite the weather, as UVA light rays can damage unprotected skin.
It is advisable to re-apply sunscreen every 2-3 hours depending on the brand of the SPF. Extra caution must be taken when swimming or perspiring.
It is best to avoid being in the sun from 10am and 2pm, as the sun rays are at its peak during those hours.
Does the color of age spots change with the weather?
In the winter months, age spots fade and in summer period they darken.
Treatments for Age Spots
The Skin rejuvenation treatment helps resurface the skin to give it a more smoother and even complexion. The treatment targets both the super facial and deeper layer of the skin to achive a more flawless complexion. This treatment is ideal for those suffering from pigmentation, acne scarring and much more. Desired results can be achieved after just one treatment.
Skin peels are one of the most popular treatment choices when it comes to dealing with pigmentation. The treatment involves application of a non-toxic chemical called glycolic acid to the skin to encourage natural exfoliation and removal of imperfections. The skin starts to shed, leaving a fresh new layer of skin with fewer imperfections.