How to get rid of age spots? Prevention and treatment tips
Discover how to get rid of age spots with expert prevention and treatment tips, including the benefits of Vitamin C and FILLMED’s Skin Perfusion
Have you noticed brown spots on your hands or face? Don’t panic! These are completely normal benign skin reactions that manifest with age. In this article, we’ll delve into what these are and, most importantly, how to get rid of age spots or at least reduce their appearance.
Age spots: What are they?
Also known as brown spots or lentigo, age spots are flat, succinct spots that are light to dark brown and are fairly well-defined. They often appear on skin that’s exposed to the sun, such as the face, the backs of the hands, shoulders, or décolleté. These spots have the same texture as the rest of the skin and are not painful. They range in size from a small mole to several centimeters for the largest. Age spots can appear individually or in clusters.
What causes age spots?
Let’s talk about the main reason behind age spots: our friend and our enemy, the sun! Prolonged exposure stimulates the production of melanin in the skin, resulting in this brown discoloration. And over the years, even a short time in the sun is enough to trigger the production of melanin. It’s also worth noting that we’re not all equal when it comes to age spots. Genetics plays a role. In essence, you’re more likely to develop these spots if other people in your family have them
Keep in mind a few key factors that can impact the development of age spots, as not all skin is created equal when it comes to these common skin occurrences:
- Age: The likelihood of having age spots increases after the age of 40.
- Complexion: Fair-skinned people are more likely to develop them.
- Sun exposure: Frequent sun exposure, especially regular sunbathing, increases the risk.
- Heredity: If other members of your family have age spots, you may also be more likely to have them.
Are age spots dangerous?
No need to worry – they’re not dangerous. Consider them a normal part of the skin’s aging journey. But be aware that age spots can sometimes be mistaken for melanoma. In any case, we recommend consulting your ermatologist to properly assess them.
How to prevent age spots
Before thinking about how to get rid of age spots, it’s better to prevent them. Indeed, proactive skincare is your best ally!
Addressing the primary way to ward off age spots involves being mindful of sun exposure. Skin oxidation and the formation of free radicals promote the appearance of spots and premature skin aging. There’s no secret – reducing your time in the sun and establishing a routine for sunscreen application is pivotal. This is particularly true for fair skin, which is more fragile and more susceptible to sunburn than darker skin. For all these reasons, we strongly recommend choosing a day cream that includes SPF (a minimum of SPF 30) and applying it even on cloudy days.
And for age spots that have already appeared, how can you get rid of them?
Choose vitamin C
Vitamin C is the skin’s best friend. When applied directly, it brightens and evens the complexion. But how exactly does it work? Vitamin C inhibits the activity of tyrosinase, an enzyme central to the production of melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color. By reducing the production of this pigment, vitamin C can help prevent and reduce various forms of hyperpigmentation.
So how can you best leverage this antioxidant for your skin? The answer lies in vitamin C-rich serums. Applied each morning, they act as a shield, protecting the skin from external aggressors including free radicals produced by pollution and other environmental factors. And that’s not all. When combined with quality sunscreen, vitamin C boosts the skin’s ability to resist oxidative stress from UV rays, which are some of the main culprits behind spots, wrinkles, and fine lines. In short, vitamin C is an essential ally in the fight against the visible signs of aging. Not only does it help prevent the appearance of spots, it also reduces their visibility once they’ve appeared
Treat your skin to a peel
Peeling, or exfoliation, is a dermatological technique designed to remove the skin’s outer layer, facilitating cell renewal. The acids used in these products help to reduce pigmentation spots and other imperfections. They work by dissolving the bonds between dead cells, enabling the skin to regenerate more effectively.
Spotlight on gluconolactone for reducing pigmentation spots: This poly-hydroxy acid, or PHA, is a naturally occurring active ingredient. Transformed into gluconic acid when purified and mixed with water, this substance is highly beneficial for skin and hair. PHAs offer gentle, superficial exfoliation, making them especially suitable for sensitive skin. What’s more, this acid has humectant properties, attracting water molecules to the skin, promoting better hydration and a reinforced skin barrier.
How can FILLMED help you reduce pigmentation spots?
At FILLMED, we’ve developed the SKIN PERFUSION line, a significant advance in the field
of cosmeceuticals (i.e., products that bridge the gap between the cosmetic and pharmaceutical worlds, incorporating highly dosed active ingredients, and offer additional benefits through their specialized formulations). Formulated with high-quality ingredients in optimal concentrations, this line is specifically designed to maintain and optimize the results of aesthetic procedures. Taking a holistic approach to skin quality, SKIN PERFUSION combines in-office and in-home treatments, addressing a wide range of skin concerns, including age spots, hydration, radiance, wrinkles, firmness, imperfections, etc.
But back to age spots! What SKIN PERFUSION range has to offer you?!
In conclusion, age spots can be a source of concern. But as we’ve seen, solutions do exist! FILLMED’s scientific and dermatological expertise is here to empower you in your journey towards clearer, brighter skin, helping you get rid of age spots!
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