Age spots
Causes and treatment

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Frequently asked questions

Do age spots come and go? Plus Icon

They may appear and disappear, fading in the winter and darkening in the summer.

Can age spots turn into cancer? Plus Icon

Although they are common and can appear anywhere, they are not linked to skin cancer.

How to tell the difference between age spots and melanomas? Plus Icon

In opposition to age spots, melanoma are: Asymmetrical, as one side is typically bigger. Borders look very irregular. Really dark. The darker the lesion, the greater your concern should be. Tend to be larger in diameter than a pencil eraser. If you are unsure, don’t hesitate to contact a dermatologist immediately.

What are age spots

The most common colour is brown, but they can also be red or almost black. These usually occur in adults over 40, but younger people can also get them if they spend a lot of time in the sun. Age spots are completely harmless.

How can I prevent age spots?

You can prevent age spots from developing on your skin by following these tips:

  • Wear SPF (Sun protection factor) sunscreen. Use a SPF of 30 or higher when you are outdoors, whether in the sun or not, as UVA light levels can cause damage throughout the year. Reapply every two hours if you are swimming or perspiring.
  • Avoid the sun between 10am and 2pm. The sun’s rays are most intense during this time.
  • Eating antioxidant food which can be found in fruit – especially intensely coloured fruit such as berries or blackcurrants – and vegetables.

At sk:n we have a range of treatments designed to help you get the skin you want.

From products to peels, our specialist doctors and nurses can recommend the best path for you to take.

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