Age spots, as the name implies, usually appear as we grow older. Also known as solar lentigines or liver spots, the primary cause of age spots is a lifetime of exposure to the sun and other harmful elements. Your skin has a natural melanin pigment that normally protect it from the sun’s rays.
As a person grows older, though, these melanin pigments fail to provide complete protection, causing the skin to develop brown or gray spots that actually look like larger form of freckles. These are the points where your melanin protection has failed you, causing the coloration of your skin to change.
They can appear almost anywhere on the body and are often seen where there is the most sun exposure; the face, back of hands, back, neck and chest area.
Age spots are normal as one gets older, but younger people can also have them, frequently causing both embarrassment and health scares. Rest assured, age spots are generally completely harmless. The only reasons to be concerned by age spots would be if they look unnaturally big or are causing lesions, redness, pain, or frequently changing in appearance or firmness. In any of these situations, you should absolutely visit your doctor. Even though they won’t harm you, there’s no reason to suffer with age spots if they bother you. They can be removed quite easily through non invasive laser procedures (similar to removing skin blemishes and scars).
As for the prevention of age spots, here are a few ideas:
• Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun – this includes sun tanning. The sunlight is generally healthy for the skin as it can promote the production of vitamin D in the body, but too much exposure can cause age spots. If you want to have natural Vitamin D, try to expose your skin to the sun during early mornings as the sun’s rays are not that harsh yet and avoid tanning altogether.
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• Use protective clothing and equipment – one of the best ways to protect yourself from the sun is by using an umbrella especially if you can’t avoid going out while the sun is beating down hot. Also avoid wearing shirts that expose too much of your skin in full sun. Sleeves may be a bit of a drag, but your skin will thank you. Wear clothes that are made of cotton or a quick-drying synthetic so that your skin can still breathe and you will stay cool in the heat.
• Use sunscreen with high SPF – there are different kinds of sun lotions and creams and before you purchase one you need to know more about it. Day creams and lotions usually have a certain SPF value that reflects their ability to protect the skin from sun damage. If you live in a tropical area, you should choose products that have SPF ranging from 20-70 to ensure that your skin is protected. Also make sure that it is hypoallergenic and mild to avoid allergies and blemishes.
• Use an anti wrinkle cream that contains ingredients designed to reduce the signs of aging including wrinkles and age spots. Dermagist (formerly known as Dermajuv) makes an excellent one.
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• Tint your car – inside your car, if the windows are not tinted, the sun’s rays can still pass through the glass and cause damage to your skin. If it’s legal where you live, have the glass tinted in order to protect your skin. Tinting will also help keep the car cool inside, which not only makes the car more comfortable, but reduces the wear on the car’s air conditioner, and improving gas mileage. Make sure that the tint screen that you are going to use has UVA protection to ensure that the sun’s rays will not pass through the glass.
Taking simple steps can prevent future age spots and diminish the ones you have.