Age spots, also known as liver spots and sun spots, are brown, inaesthetic skin blemishes which usually develop in older people, starting around the age of forty but sometimes as soon as the twenties; the onset seems to be greatly facilitated by excessive sunlight and UV exposure. They are natural and not dangerous, but definitely give an aged appearance to the skin of the face, the hands and the neck, and thus treatments are sought. Since they are a natural reaction of the skin to UV rays, they cannot be prevented and must be treated as they appear.
Laser treatments to remove sun spots are often done in conjunction with other anti-aging treatments.
The laser beams will burn away the spots and restore a younger looking skin that is free of blemishes. unfortunately, the procedure requires several interventions and is quite costly, requiring a trained physician. On theother hand, this is the way to go for optimal results.
Retinoid consists of a cream that is applied topically to the affected parts; it also contains anti-oxidants which help in preserving skin cells and tissues. Skin drying on the treated areas is an unfortunate and undesirable side effect.
While slower in achieving results, as several must be applied, acidic agents in chemical peels have proven to be an effective method at removing sun spots.
Age Spots Creams
Age spots cream are usually based on hydroquinone, with the addition of Vitamins A and C to promote skin health and rejuvenation. successive applications bleach the spots out of the skin, restoring its appearance.
As always with anti-aging procedures, obtaining a physician’s opinion is always suggested before undertaking the procedures, in order to avoid side effects or insufficient results.