Age Spots
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 11:25

Age Spots

Written by   Linda Gulla, founder of the International Institute for the Advancement of Aesthetic Medicine

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  • Age spots are also called liver spots or solar lentigines.
  • Age spots are flat tan, light brown to black macules.
  • They are caused from chronic UVA and UVB exposure.
  • Age spots are most common in adults over age 50.
  • These spots can appear on the face, shoulders, neck, back, dorsal forearms, and hands.
  • With age spots, there is an increase of melanin production and transfer to basal keratinocytes, as well as an increase in the number of melanocytes.
  • Lighter skin types are most affected by solar lentingines, but the condition can be found in all races and skin phototypes.
  • Age spots can be lightened with skin-bleaching ingredients or improved with chemical resurfacing, laser, or IPL therapy.
  • They do not go away with reduced ultraviolet exposure.
  • Age spots can be prevented by avoiding sun exposure and wearing a daily broad spectrum sunscreen.

 

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