Age or sun damage spots removal
Age or sun damage spots removal
WHAT ARE AGE/SUN SPOTS
They vary in size and usually appear on areas exposed to the sun, such as the face, hands, shoulders and arms. Age spots are also called sunspots, liver spots and solar lentigines. Age spots are very common in adults older than 50, but younger people can get them if they spend time in the sun.
Essentially, after being exposed to the sun, your skin increases production of melanin, the pigment that gives skin color. Over time, some areas of your skin may develop clumps of melanin or may overproduce that pigment, resulting in a sun spot
Why am I getting sun spots?Essentially, after being exposed to the sun, your skin increases production of melanin, the pigment that gives skin color. Over time, some areas of your skin may develop clumps of melanin or may overproduce that pigment, resulting in a sun spot
WHAT DOES AN AGING SPOTS LOOKS LIKE?
Age spots are flat brown, gray, or black spots on the skin. They usually occur on sun-exposed areas, like the backs of your hands and your face. Age spots are also called liver spots, senile lentigo, solar lentigines, or sun spots. It's not uncommon for a single age spot to appear, or for a few to cluster together.
ARE AGE SPOTS CAUSED BY SUN DAMAGE
Age spots are caused by overactive pigment cells. Ultraviolet (UV) light speeds up the production of melanin, a natural pigment that gives skin its color. On skin that has had years of sun exposure, age spots appear when melanin becomes clumped or is produced in high concentrations.
WHAT AGE DO SUNSPOTS APPEAR ?
Age spots tend to form in people aged 40 and over, though they can also develop in younger people who frequently get sunburns or use tanning beds. These spots can form on anyone's skin, though they are more common in people with lighter skin, which is more sensitive to the sun.
ARE AGE SPOTS RISED OR FLAT?
These can be flat or raised and range from pale to dark brown or black. They are often scaly or wart-like, although they are not warts. "They can be due to sunlight, age, and are also genetic.
ARE LIVER SPOTS THE SAME AS SUN SPOTS?
Although they are called liver spots, these skin patches usually have nothing to do with your liver except for having a similar color, which may be tan to dark brown. Other names for liver spots include age spots, sun spots and solar lentigines.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN FRECKLES AND SUN SPOTS?
While freckles are more visible against lighter skin types, they are actually linked to the same gene responsible for complexion. The MC1R gene not only controls the likelihood of freckles but also it is responsible for skin color and hair color, particularly for red hair. Similarly, people with lighter complexions are also most susceptible to develop sun spots. The key difference is that sun spots are more common among older populations and can start forming in the mid-thirties. With repeated sun exposure over years, the skin cells start to produce melanin, forming the sun spots.
Additionally, the lifespan of freckles and sun spots is different. Freckles typically fade away with age and even seasons whereas sun spots tend to stick around longer. Because of this, sun spots can require skin treatments for removal.
SHOULD I WORRY ABOUT SUN SPOTS?
Any freckle, mole, or sunspot that changes in color, shape, or size is suspicious. A tan spot that becomes mixed with red, black, or pink areas needs to be checked out. A small freckle that becomes much larger or develops an irregular border should be seen by a physician.
Before any treatment doctor consultation is highly recommended!