Age Spots: Methods Of Treatment For Age Spots

Age spots, also called liver spots, and occasionally sun spots, are discolorations of the skin, that appear most dominantly in areas regularly exposed to the sun, like the face and hands. Though the entire nature of age spots is not entirely understood it is clear that there is a genetic link to age spots, as people whose parents were more prone to age spots are significantly more likely to experience them for themselves. Environment and lifestyle also play important roles in age spots. If you spend a lot of time under the sun or tanning you are significantly more likely to develop age spots at some time in your life. Likewise, failure to regularly use sun block will encourage the formation of age spots. And already existent age spots will tend to darken as they are subjected to the sun. This is because many age spots are due to a build up of melanin in certain parts of the skin, melanin is a naturally occurring pigment produced by your body to darken the skin in an effort to protect it from many of the harmful effects of the sun. Age spots usually begin to appear sometime in the 40’s or 50’s of a persons life, but may begin sooner or later depending on some the factors discussed above. Age spots are usually not a risky condition, and you should consider the fact that your health is not threatened if you are thinking about undergoing a treatment to reduce or remove your age spots.

Treatment for age spots can vary widely, from the application of mild skin lightening agents aimed at reducing the contrast between the age spot and the surrounding skin that you can do at your home, to more intensive treatments that may feature lasers, or, in the case of a rare dangerous age spot, a surgical excision. If you are using a skin lightening agent you should know that these tend to work best on people who have naturally light skin, and should not be used while you are tan. If you are tan you will need to wait for the tan to fade before making use of the skin lightener. People with darker skins are often not good candidates for skin lighteners because they can make the entire area that skin lighteners are applied to look out of sync with the rest of your skin. Discussing this option with a doctor would be a good way to determine if you are a strong candidate for the use of skin lighteners.

In fact the best step you can take, regardless of the procedure you are considering pursuing to treat your age spots, is to first learn as much about that and other procedures as you can, so that when you do speak to a doctor you will know what sort of questions you should be asking. Then you should make every effort to speak to a doctor, as they will have the best idea about how severe your age spot condition actually is and what sort of treatment would be appropriate for your age spots.

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