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How to treat age-spots

21st September 2012  : 

Whether you call it a brown spot, liver spot, sun spot or even solar lentigo, age spots are unwanted and unattractive. They vary in size and may appear red, light or dark brown, or even blackish in colour.

Age spots are caused by sun exposure, which is why they are found most commonly on areas of the body that are frequently exposed to the sun, such as the hands, shoulders, arms and face. Because age spots are most common in areas that are usually exposed, many people understandably feel self-conscious about them.

While anybody may develop age spots, as the name suggests they are more common in older people. This is because as we get older our skin is less able to regenerate itself. However, even though our skin might not be able to combat age spots by itself, there are plenty of treatments that can help return your skin to its former, natural beauty.

One of the most effective treatments for age spots is microdermabrasion. Suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types, microdermabrasion works by gently shedding the dead skin cells and promote the growth of new, fresh and clear skin cells. As well as combatting age spots, a microdermabrasion treatment will also help to reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles, giving your face an all over glow.

Chemical peels are another popular method for combatting age spots. A trained dermatologist can develop an individual chemical peel that is designed to suit the patients skin type. This non-toxic chemical solution removes the top layer of skin and encourages cell renewal for a more even complexion.

One final method of getting rid of age spots is cryosurgery. This is an entirely different kind of treatment - the abnormal cells are removed by freezing them, which breaks them down. With so many different types of treatments available, having a consultation with a dermatologist is the best way of making sure you have the treatment that will get your skin type the best results.

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