Age Spots and Freckles
Did you know that the sun damage we did in our youth can takes years and even decades to show up on our skin as sun spots? Age spots, also sometimes known as sun or liver spots, are clinically known as solar lentigos. These solar lentigos are harmless patches of flat pigmentation that are typically brown in color. They usually occur on sun-exposed areas of the skin, such as the face, hands, arms, and neck. Solar lentigos are harmless, but spots that change in appearance, color, or size should be evaluated by a healthcare professional. Combining different treatment modalities to combat pigmentation often produces better results than a single treatment alone. At the foundation of all treatment for pigmentation is proper sunscreen use. A mineral based sunscreen – one with zinc or titanium dioxide – will help prevent your skin from producing even more pigmentation in response to the sun.