With the passing of each birthday, you may have started to notice more dark spots appearing on your skin. These marks are called age spots and are the result of sun exposure and damage over the years. Of course, just about everybody will have to deal with age spots at some point, which is why one of the most asked questions regarding skin care is “how to get rid of age spots?”
In the rest of this article we will cover the following strategies to help you reduce the appearance of age spots:
Laser age spot treatments
Microdermabrasion exfoliation treatments
Skin care products
Remove Age Spots with Laser Therapy
Laser therapy and pulsed light therapy are effective at destroying melanin-making cells, which are the cause of age spots.
Most people will need to make two or three treatments to see results, but the process does not harm the surface of the skin. Over a few weeks to a few months, patients will notice their age spots fading away. It’s important to keep up with a good skincare regime and apply sun screen daily after laser treatment.
Getting Rid of Age Spots with Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is a process which exfoliates the outer layers of dead skin cells and has proven effective at removing sun damage such as age spots.
Skin cell turnover is increased with microdermabrasion and less pigment can be supplied to them, which has the overall effect of lightening the skin. Most patients will need between 8 – 10 visits over the span of a few months to see good results.
Skin Care Products for Age Spot Removal
Bleaching creams like hydroquinone, mild steroids, and retinoids such as tretinoin (acne cream) work to lighten the skin over time and reduce the appearance of age spots. Treatments usually take several months to produce the desired result.
After applying the skin care products, you should then make sure to use a high SPF sunscreen to prevent any further damage and darkening of the skin.
You should always practice sun safety, but you can learn more about how to remove sunspots and prevent them from developing. Book in for a consultation at the Beverly Hills Wellness Centre where you will receive friendly, professional advice.