As you get older, you might notice dark spots start to appear on your skin. Also called age spots, these marks occur as a response to sun exposure over time. If you have spent a lot of time in the sun, you’ll see more age spots.
Age spots are natural, but they may make you feel self-conscious. So how do you get rid of them?
Over-the-counter treatments for age spots are hit or miss, but some great topical treatments can be prescribed to you by your dermatologist. If you’re looking for a procedure-free way to lighten age spots, then these may be for you. They include:
- mild steroids
All of these prescription solutions to age spots work by gradually fading the marks over time. If you use one of these, be aware that they may cause temporary discomfort or dryness, and always use an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen while using the product.
If topical treatment isn’t the right thing for you, there are also several different treatments available at your dermatologist’s office.
During a chemical peel, the dermatologist applies a topical acid to the skin covering the age spots. This destroys the surface layer and it begins to “peel” away, hence the name. A chemical peel has few side effects aside from minor irritation, making it a great treatment for those looking for something more than a topical cream.
Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion
In this treatment, dermatologists will use a small, spinning brush to remove the surface layer of the skin, allowing a new surface layer to grow in its place. Microdermabrasion is a simpler, less intense version of this procedure, which will lighten the appearance of age spots. Both procedures may take multiple sessions depending on the individual.
Laser therapy can work wonders for age spots. It helps to destroy pigment-producing cells in your skin without harming the skin’s surface. The procedure usually takes 2-3 sessions, and age spots begin to lighten in a few months after treatment.
Age spot prevention
If you want to prevent age spots, sunscreen is your new best friend. Make a habit of applying it every day, especially on your face. Since age spots are caused by exposure to the sun, a daily regimen of sunscreen and making sure to stay in the shade will help prevent age spots.
If you are concerned about age spots, we want to help. Get in contact with us today at our New York and New Jersey dermatologist’s office and we will be happy to arrange an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist. Call us today at 855-793-2868 to find out more.