Age spots

What are age spots?

Also commonly known as solar lentigines, sun spots or liver spots, age spots are small patches of dark pigmentation that appear on the face and body. The flat light to dark brown, grey or black spots are the result of excess melanin, which is responsible for the tanning of the skin, in response to UV exposure. Although you can develop age spots at any time in life, people who have fair skin, are older than 40 years of age, and frequently sunbathe or use a tanning bed, are more prone to the condition.

What causes age spots?

Unlike other skin conditions that develop into rough, pus filled spots or lumpy patches, age spots have the same texture as the rest of your skin. The pigmented spots vary in size and can be small and freckle shaped, or up to half an inch across. Skin on the face, shoulders, arms and hands that is frequently exposed to the sun, may develop pigmented age spots over time.

Although it’s not possible to determine whether or not you’ll end up with age spots, regularly applying sunscreen that contains UVA and UVB protection, can help to minimise the chances.

Treatment options:

Age spots are harmless to your health but may negatively impact on self-confidence. Unsightly age spots that develop on the face can be treated with glow facials and skin peels that remove the superficial layer of your skin. Gently exfoliating the skin with a unique blend of active ingredients helps to stimulate healthy collagen production, and reveals fresh, new skin.

A non-evasive microdermabrasion treatment effectively smoothes the skin’s outer layers and produces transient changes in the skin’s overall appearance and texture. As a result, the dark colouration of age spots is noticeably reduced.

Alternatively, you can temporarily cover up age spots with concealing cosmetics.

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