How do I get rid of age spots? If you’re over 40 – you’re probably asking yourself this question too.
If you’re starting to see these coffee colored, irregular shaped spots showing up on your face, hands, arms and legs - then you probably have significant skin damage.
Tell you the sad truth: Getting rid of age spots is difficult. And, once you start treatment - you'll have to stay away from the sun for the rest of your life.
WHAT? Stay out of the sun for the rest of my life?
I don't think that will ever happen.
I am an outdoor, watersports kind of girl!
Don't get me wrong - I don't lay out in the sun and tan.
But, living in the south and having pool makes it impossible to stay away from those rays!
I do my best to stay covered with a SPF long sleeve shirt, hat and sunglasses.
But still - I'm the sun a lot!!
My solution is the least expensive and doesn't restrict me from being in the sun.........................
I choose to hide those age spots and give my skin a nice sunless glow at the same time.
I use a sunless-anti-aging tanning cream that contains antioxidant and anti-aging ingredients.
It's a win-win for my skin! Plus, it leaves a gorgeous sun kissed color for most skin tones.
No weird orange color or streaking.
And (the best part) I don't have to prepare my skin by cleansing and exfoliating first.
I smooth it on my face and body a few times a week - just like a moisturizing cream and in a few hours I have nice glow.
While there are many treatments and methods to help get rid of age spots and discoloration......these annoying brown colored patches are very stubborn and very hard to remove.
By the time you see them, they have been developing for years and years and the damage is done. Think of them as tattoos – almost permanent and difficult to get rid of.
The quickest method to get rid of age spots is with a hyperpigmentation laser treatment. Laser treatments tend to work better for those slightly raised, waxy looking age spots.
These aren't as dark as the flat ones and tend to respond to laser better than chemical or freezing methods....for most people.
The next method of choice and a little less expensive are chemical peels, and cryogenics which use liquid nitrogen to freeze them off.
The best method for you really depends on where they’re located and how many you have.
For example, the thinner skin – like on the face – usually responses well to laser – which is quick and painless and heals pretty quickly.
The areas on the arms, chest, shoulders, and legs may require several treatments to completely get rid of them.
However, if you have a lot them (like in clusters) your doctor may suggest a chemical peel which works slower and will take longer to see results.
And there is significant healing time - which means you'll have to keep that area hidden.
Your dermatologist will be able to determine the best course of action for you.
Keep in mind that with any of professional methods listed above, you will need to allow time for healing.
If you want to try an aggressive method to get rid of age spots - do so during the winter time so you can keep covered up while the area heals.
The picture above is a close-up of my leg after a chemical peel and my legs looked horrible!!!
Also, it’s important to know that not everyone gets the desired results.
Some are still left with a reddish or discolored blotch. And, for a few people, sometimes they come back! I know because that's happened me when I tried a chemical peel to get rid of age spots on my legs.
It took months to heal and (sadly) within a year most were back.
Another option is to try to lighten them so they’re less visible. Over-the-counter creams that contain certain ingredients can help inhibit melanin production by inhibiting tyrosinase enzyme activity…
Helping to reduce the brown and red discoloration and provide a more even tone complexion.
There are also over-the-counter creams that help reduce DNA damage and have shown to lighten the lentigos within a few weeks.
The upside to reducing DNA damage is improving the condition of the complexion too – as in reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
Regardless of which method you try, it is very important to protect yourself now – so you won’t develop more.
The thing to remember - if you want to get rid of age spots - but keep exposing yourself to the sun, you will see more. The damage is there, it’s just a matter of time and abuse before the rest show up.
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