Age spot treatments target those annoying pigment lesions that appear on your skin from years of unprotected sun exposure. In actuality, age spots are better known as “sun spots” because they are completely due to your skin’s overexposure to sunlight and the only relation to “aging” is the accumulating years that this has been occurring. There are a variety of age spot treatments available for people with these types of problem areas, and the experts at Dermatology HB in Huntington Beach California are here to provide you with the best option for you.
There are two types of sunrays that are damaging to us, and it may be a good idea to see which one leads to the age spot problem. UV-B rays are responsible for causing those that are fairly light skinned to turnout a toasty red after a long day at the pool or beach. Besides our body’s reddish discoloration, they have caused us mild to extreme discomfort from the skin burns they leave behind. Age spot treatments are intended to help eliminate the problem areas where UV-A rays have damaged the melanocytes in the epidermis (the outermost surface layer of our skin).
Melanocytes are responsible for the production of the melanin pigment that our body uses to protect us from the UV-A sunrays we are exposed to from day to day. Ultimately when these melanocytes are damaged through excessive and unprotected sunlight exposure, production of the melanin pigments becomes abnormal resulting it brown-like spots appearing on the face and body of effected individuals. This brown spotting may range from ephiledes, better known as freckles, to solar lentigos, like age spots. Different types of lasers, chemical peels, microdermabrasion and creams used as age spot treatments are available near you, in our Huntington Beach offices, and are all proven to safely clear problem areas.
Even if you have never thought to get an age spot treatment because they don’t alter your physical appearance, don’t make the mistake of classifying any spots as benign. If the age spots that appear on your skin noticeably change in shape or color be sure to see a dermatologist because they may be a risk to your health and wellbeing. After a licensed dermatologist like Dr. Greco has identified them as being benign, they can proceed to determine what type of age spot treatment is appropriate to your situation, considering your budget and the extent of your skin problem.
On a lighter note, some great tips on keeping your skin spot free and avoiding the need for an age spot treatment begin with avoiding excessive sunlight when possible. Applying sunscreen throughout the day if you are exposed to long intervals of sunlight at a time is also a healthy precaution. Something else to consider, would be to apply a clear or tinted screen on your car’s windows that reflects UV-A sunrays. For more information set up a consult in our Huntington Beach office today!