Age spots are areas of increased pigmentation caused by exposure to the sun. They can develop anywhere on the body. Most often they develop on the face or the hands. Staying out of the sun as much as possible and always wearing sunscreen when in the sun can help to prevent the formation of sunspots. If you already have sunspots, there are treatments that can remove them, or at least reduce the appearance of them.
Age Spot Removal Methods
There are four main methods that are used to remove age spots.
2) Chemical Peels
4) Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL)
The least affective method, is skin bleaching. Laser therapy is generally considered the most affective age spot removal method.
How Skin Bleaching Creams Work
The idea behind skin bleaching creams is actually to bleach the outer layers of the skin. Usually skin bleaching creams are only applied to the age spots so that the pigmented areas are lightened to match the surrounding skin. There is only so much that a skin bleach can do without actually harming the skin. Skin bleaching creams may provide a reduction in the appearance of age spots in some people.
How Chemical Peels Work
Chemical peels dissolve the outer layers of skin. Home chemical peels do not use strong chemicals, which make them not very affective. Medical professionals can perform strong chemical peels using prescription products. Generally, the strong chemcial peels only have to be done once for full results. A medical professional can perform a weaker prescription peel that has to be performed several times for full results. The strong chemical peels dissolve a lot of the outer skin, which causes temporary redness and skin sores. If not performed correctly they can cause permanent skin scarring. Strong chemical peels should only be performed by medical professionals who have a lot of experience performing chemical peels.
How Lasers and IPLs Work
Both lasers and IPLs burn off the outer layers of the skin. The Laser works better than the IPL, but causes a lengthier healing time.