Age spots are the result of an excess production of melanin, or skin pigment. Doctors don’t always know why age spots develop. Skin ageing, sun exposure, or other forms of ultraviolet (UV) light exposure, such as tanning beds, are all possible causes. You’re most likely to develop age spots on the areas of your skin that receive the most sun exposure, including:
- your face
- the back of your hands
- your shoulders
- your upper back
- your forearms
Who is at risk for age spots?
People of any age, sex, or race can develop age spots. However, age spots are more common in people with certain risk factors. These include:
- being older than 40 years old.
- having fair skin.
- having a history of frequent sun exposure.
- having a history of frequent tanning bed use.
What are the treatments for age spots and pigmentation?
Age spots and pigmentation can be treated with chemical peels (Medik8 White peel/ Obagi blue radiance peel) over a course of 6 weekly treatments, however more treatments may be required depending on pigment depth. Best results are achieved using Medik8 homecare range alongside the treatments.
Laser skin rejuvenation can also treat pigmented lesions, great for treating single spots or areas of deeper pigmentation. Results can be seen even after the first treatment. A combination of both treatments can be done depending on client suitability.
What causes age spots and pigmentation?
Age spots are the result of an excess production of melanin, or skin pigment. Over exposure from UV rays from the sunlight or tanning beds is the most common cause of skin spotting. Excessive melanin production can cause certain areas of the skin to become darker than the surrounding areas.
Some people have a hereditary predisposition to age spots. Age spots may develop at an early age, even in childhood, though they are more common in older people, especially in those who have spent too much time in the sun.
How many treatments will I need to see results?
Some age spots may reduce even after the initial patch test, however depending how large the pigmentation is and how deep its underlying in the skin will determine how many treatments will be needed. Usually around 3-6 treatments are needed at intervals of 2-4 weeks.
What type of age spots/pigmentation is suitable for treatment?
Only non-raised pigmented lesions can be treated, examples are; Macule (café au laits), solar lentigo sun spots/age spots and freckles.
Treatments that can help
These treatments can help with this condition.
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