Age spots, or solar lentigines, are small dark spots on the skin. They are common in adults over the age of 50, but can also appear in people who are younger. If you’ve noticed new marks appear on your skin, you may have many questions about how they developed. Use this guide to learn more about this skin care condition and how to avoid and treat it.
Common Questions About Age Spots
Why do they appear?
Exposure to UV light accelerates the production of melanin. The areas of your skin that have seen years of sun exposure will become overactive, creating more pigment than usual. This leads to spots where melanin is produced in high concentrations, which happens most commonly on the face, shoulders, upper back, hands, and arms.
What are the risk factors?
Individuals with light skin and red hair are more likely to develop spots than those with darker pigmentation. You are also more likely to develop them if you work under the sun or have a history of frequent sun exposure.
How can I prevent them?
Avoid being outdoors between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., since this is when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest.
Wear a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF every day, even on cloudy days. Apply it 15 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours. Cover your shoulders and wear a hat at the beach.
How are they treated?
There are skin care treatments available to make your age spots less noticeable. Light pulsing therapy targets melanin-producing cells without damaging the surrounding skin, so spots will fade gradually after treatment.
Microdermabrasion involves removing the surface layer of the skin, allowing new healthy cells to grow. Multiple treatments will be required.
Bared Monkey Laser Spa - Penn Station offers skin care treatments for age spots in New York City. Their pigmentation removal procedure is virtually pain-free and targets multiple types of pigmentation, creating an even skin tone. They also offer memberships to help you get the treatments you need at affordable rates. Learn more about pigmentation removal on their website or call (212) 256-9777 to schedule an appointment.