With time our skin changes and we start to see small age spots. What are age spots? They are flat, gray, black or brown spots on the skin. Age spots have many names. For example: solar lentigines, senile lentigo, liver spots or sun spots.
Age spots occur mostly on areas of the body that are exposed on the sun.
What is the cause of age spots?
Doctors are not a 100 % sure why the age spots appear. They are the result of sun exposure or any other form to UV light, skin ageing trigger increased production of skin pigment and melanin.
Where on our skin do age spots develop?
They will appear on the places that are more often exposed to sun:
Should you be worried about your health?
Definitely no. Age spots don’t cause any health problems and are not dangerous for you. You can treat them, but it is not necessary. Some people do it because they don’t like them.
Different ways to try to remove age spots
- Medical procedures. You have to consult with a dermatologist and/or a plastic surgeon, but most of them can lead to complications and side effects, which are not worded.
- Prescribed medication. Your doctor can prescribe creams. Usually they are bleaching creams and it takes a lot of time before your ageing spots start to fade away.
- Skincare serums such as Auvela Night Serum
Who is at risk?
Anybody at any age, race or sex can develop them. It’s more common for people with: fair skin tone, older than 30-40 years, sunbathing and tanning on a regular basis.
How to prevent age spots?
Instead of worrying about your looks after the age spots appear, there are simple guidelines that you can follow:
• Always use sunscreen if it is sunny outside. Make sure it’s factor is at least 15 and has UVB and UVA protection.
• Never sunbath between 11 am and 4 pm. The rays from the sun are most intense. If you are on the beach it is not enough to hide under the umbrella, just go and get some lunch in the meantime.
• Apply sunscreen at least 30-40 minutes before you go out to the sun, it may sound girly, but it’s better for your skin.
• It is very important to reapply every few hours.
In conclusion, we can say that age spots are harmless, you don’t feel any pain.
Age spots are not a disease and they are not contagious. We’ve mentioned a few things you can do to prevent them from developing or at least put it out for a while. If you have fair skin it is more likely to have them when you get old, but it’s nothing to be afraid from.
After all life is good and bad, so look at it on the bright side and accept them for what they are – some small darker spots on your body.