Remember when your mom told you to wear your sunscreen in the summer months? The reason wasn’t just so you didn’t burn – it was because she wanted you to protect your skin. When your skin gets too much sun exposure, whether that be from natural light or UV lights in tanning beds, it begins to age, and flat brown, gray, or black spots emerge on your skin. This happens because sun exposure speeds up the production of melanin in your skin. When the melanin increases in a certain area, the area darkens, which is called hyperpigmentation.
The most common places for this to happen are:
· Your face
· Your chest or décolleté
· The back of your hands
· Your shoulders
· Your upper back
· Your forearms
· Tops of the feet
With extended sun exposure, these spots are very common in people over 40, but they can be prevalent in younger people as well. Specifically those who are often sunburned or who use tanning beds.
You are even more likely to develop age spots as you get older if you have:
· Previously spent significant time in the sun or in tanning beds
· Fair skin
· Family history of age spots
The good news is that there are treatment options for these spots!
· Wear sunscreen to prevent anymore damage from happening
· IPL Photofacials
· Topical Products
· Smooth Glo
So if you have those dark spots and want a younger complexion, come and and see us! We have treatment options and offer obligation free consultations!