As we get older, our skin can start to change. Age spots are one such example, and their darker skin tone can affect our confidence and appearance. In this post, we’re going to look at what causes age spots and a few effective treatment methods that can help you.
What are age spots?
Also known as ‘liver spots’, these small sections create darker areas of skin on your face, back, hands, or feet. Caused by an excess of melanin, the group of pigments that produce your skin colour, they often result from excess UV exposure. They generally occur in adults over the age of 40 and can range in size between 2mm to 2cm.
It’s important to note that an age spot can be visually similar to a melanoma, which is a type of skin cancer. So, it’s essential to ask for medical advice from a doctor or dermatologist to determine the cause of the skin growth.
How can you prevent age spots?
As UV rays commonly cause age spots by UV rays stimulating an excess of melanin production in the skin, it’s vital to wear sunscreen with SPF protection. The NHS recommends an SPF of at least 30 and a minimum four-star UVA protection rating. If using sunscreen, apply at least 15 minutes before going outdoors to ensure it reaches its full effect.
How does cryotherapy help?
In this treatment, a medical professional will apply a small amount of liquid nitrogen for a few seconds to destroy the extra pigmentation. At MedSkin Clinics, we use a CryoPen™, which emits high-pressure nitrous oxide to enable millimetre precision during treatment.
How does microdermabrasion help?
This non-invasive treatment involves exfoliation of the skin that leaves skin blemishes with a smoother appearance. Unlike cryotherapy, it will only offer modest or temporary results, but it is less harsh on the skin.
Your choice on treatment options for your age spots depends on your personal preferences, and you should consult a qualified medical professional before making a decision.
At MedSkin Clinics, we offer microdermabrasion and cryotherapy treatments, as well as a range of anti-wrinkle botox and fillers to tackle the signs of ageing. Get in touch with us today to find out more.