Skin care products that contain Kogic Acid, Vitamin C, Azelaic Acid, Glycolic Acid and Hydroquinone can also help lighten unwanted pigment.
Flat, oval areas of pigmentation, age spots tend to appear on parts of the body, such as the face, neck, hands, arms, shoulders and any areas that are exposed to the sun. Most common in people over 30, they can be freckle-sized or more than a half-inch in length, and range in color from light brown to very dark brown. When age spots are grouped together, they appear even larger.
Causes of Age Spots
Although age spots are usually caused by accumulated exposure to the sun‘s ultraviolet (UV) light, they may also be the result of using tanning beds/lamps; trauma or injury; or genetic predisposition. People with light skin are more likely to develop age spots, as are those with a history of frequent sunburn or sun exposure.
Diagnosis of Age Spots
In addition, spots that are itchy, red or sensitive, or that bleed, should be checked by a Dermatologist.
Treatment Options for Age Spots
Although age spots are not medically dangerous, many people who develop them find them aesthetically unappealing. Treatments to remove age spots, pigment or melasma should be discussed with a skin care professional prior to making a decision as you don't want your treatment choice to result in more pigment.
Prevention of Age Spots
To prevent age spots or keep them from worsening, avoiding prolonged sun exposure and regularly using a broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) sunscreen is recommended. Wearing UV-blocking clothing and a broad-brimmed hat will provide additional protection.