What are sunspots?
Sunspots, also known as age spots or liver spots, are dark areas of your skin that often appear on your:
- Arms Shoulders
- Upper back
- Top of the feet
- Other areas exposed to sun
You’re more likely to experienced sunspots if you’re over 50 or have light skin or red hair. However, anybody can get sunspots – especially if you’re in the sun a lot.
What do sunspots look like?
Age spots are flat, usually oval-shaped, areas of darker skin pigmentation. The spots might be brown, black, or tan-colored, and the size of a freckle up to 1/2 inch in diameter. They sometimes appear in groups and can make you look older than you’d like.
Are sunspots cancerous?
Sunspots are usually benign, or non-cancerous, but if they change in appearance, it could be a sign of melanoma. If a sunspot becomes darker, rapidly increases in size, is multicolored, has an irregular border, or is itchy, tender, red, or bleeding, have your doctor evaluate it.
What is the treatment for sunspots?
Unless sunspots show signs of being cancerous, sunspot treatment isn’t required unless you don’t like the appearance of the spots. To achieve skin that is younger-looking and more evenly toned, your doctor may recommend:
Creams and lotions
The aesthetics experts at Purelee Redefined offer revolutionary ZO skin care products, which lighten or eliminate sunspots. Your doctor may recommend prescription-strength bleaching creams to clear up darker skin patches.
Laser therapy is another sunspot treatment that helps destroy melanin-producing tissue without damaging your skin’s surrounding surface. You may require two to three laser treatments to help fade dark sunspots.
Your provider may use liquid nitrogen to freeze and destroy pigmentand helps remove sunspots.
Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that involves sanding down your skin’s surface to remove its outer layer. Smoother, evenly toned, younger-looking skin cells grow in its place.
Your aesthetics specialist uses chemical peels to remove the outer layer of skin, including age spots. They apply a chemical solution to the skin, and new cells emerge during the healing process.
How can I prevent future sunspots?
To help prevent future sunspots from forming, use a sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher that protects from UVA and UVB light. Wear protective clothing when you’re outdoors, or avoid sun exposure during 10 am and 2 pm, when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
Don’t let sunspots make you feel self-conscious when simple aesthetics treatments produce clear, rejuvenated skin. Call PureLee Redefined to learn more about sunspot removal & treatments in Colorado Springs, CO. or schedule an appointment online today!