How do you 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 hands, arms and face - then it’s time to start doing something about them now.
Continue reading below to see my quick tips on how to hide them on your face, hands, and legs.
And keep in mind that no matter what product or treatment you use to remove these spots -- patience is important -- because it takes time.
Removing these spots can be difficult.....……….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 complete 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. 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.
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 this happened to a good friend of mine who tried a chemical cream peel to get rid of age spots.
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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