What are Age Spots and how are they Caused?
Age spots can also be
called liver spots or solar lentigines and these are flat areas of skin that
are black, brown or gray in color. Usually they are found on people over the
age of 40. Though they are more common in older people they can also affect younger
What Are They
Age spots occur
because the melanin collects under the skin in a given location. Melanin is
what determines our skin color so areas with greater concentrations of melanin
will produce darker areas which are known as age spots.
What Are Some
Age spots can vary
from one person to the other and they are different depending on which part of
the body they are found on. Most of the people who have the spots on their skin
do so on the hands, arms, shoulders and face. The reason those areas are mostly
affected is because they are the areas which are exposed to the sun for most of
the time. The condition is mostly harmless and treatable. The one problem is
that a patient may not feel good about himself/herself for cosmetic reasons.
Why Do I Have Age
Most age spots are the
result of years of sun exposure (UV Light), but it does not have to be just sun
light. If you are a person who uses tanning lamps or tanning beds you could
also get the condition. The lighter your skin’s pigment is, the more likely it
will be that you will develop these discolorations
When you skin is exposed to UV rays and sun damage> occurs, it tries to protect itself but eventually the damage can reduce tissue's ability of producing melanin which in turn increases chances of getting age spots. Finally, it is also possible that your body is producing an extra amount of melanin when you get older and therefore causing more marks and dark spots on your skin.
Should I See The
While the condition
will not cause any health problems it is important to point out that it is easy
to confuse other serious conditions with age spots. You should visit your
dermatologist just to make sure that it is indeed harmless. The doctor will
conduct a visual test but may also require a biopsy if there is any doubt. In
order to treat the spots your doctor may recommend a prescription strength
bleaching medication as well as mild steroids. The combination will get rid of
the condition in a time period of a few months.
For most age spots, we are generally required to live with them. Some dermatologists can perform laser treatments to remove or you can use creams developed to help fade the discoloration...some are effective and some are not. Try Nourish's Dark Spot and Age Spot Cream or Nourish Younger Hands Cream that also has moisturizers and skin tighteners to hydrate and smooth wrinkles.
Learn more about age spots here.