Resulting from sun damage, hormones or genetics, age spots (or to use one of their other names; brown spots, sun spots, liver spots or lentigos) are flat, oval patches of pigmented skin. UVA sunlight stimulates your pigment cells called, ‘melanocytes’ to manufacture this pigment called, ‘melanin’. This is not only responsible for a tan but also unwanted dark patches. Melanocytes are also responsible for how and where this pigment is distributed on the body.
The most common colour is brown, but they can also be red or almost black. They're completely harmless, but you might want them removed for cosmetic reasons especially as they are most prominent on the face, hands and neck. Studies have shown that these patches are more ageing than lines and wrinkles, which lead many people to take some action.
Age spots usually occur in adults over 40, but younger people can also get them if they spend a lot of time in the sun.
As is so often the case, prevention is better than cure. You can prevent age spots from developing by ensuring you wear SPF30 or higher when you’re outdoors, whether in the sun or not, as UVA light levels can cause damage throughout the year.
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age spots treatments
Your first point of call will be to have a consultation with one of our skin specialists or dermatologists. They'll need to asses the age spots and decide the best course of treatment to help you. This could include laser treatment, Fraxel, CO2RE and/or an advanced chemical skin peel.
Our advanced Innerpeel Skin Peels range work deep in the dermal (lower) layers of the skin, erasing the areas of pigmentation to reveal a clear complexion. Results can be seen after three to five treatments.
Laser treatments including Fraxel and CO2RE can also be used to remove age spots, targeting the pigment in the skin. Results can be seen after just one treatment.