WHAT ARE AGE SPOTS
ARE THE CAUSES?
Age spots, also known as liver spots or sunspots, are flat, brown, or black spots that typically appear on areas of the skin exposed to the sun, such as the face, hands, shoulders, and arms. These spots are usually larger than freckles and develop as a result of prolonged sun exposure over the years. Despite their name, age spots are not directly caused by aging but rather by the cumulative effects of UV rays.
UV rays can accelerate the production of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin colour. Over time, this increased melanin production can lead to the formation of clusters of pigment in certain areas of the skin, resulting in the appearance of age spots. While age spots are more common in individuals over the age of 50, they can develop earlier in life, especially in those who have had significant sun exposure without adequate sun protection.
In addition to sun exposure, genetic factors can contribute to the development of age spots. Individuals with a family history of age spots may be more prone to experiencing them. Certain lifestyle factors, such as smoking, can also increase the risk of age spot formation. Protecting the skin from the sun by using sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding prolonged sun exposure can help prevent age spots and minimise their appearance over time.
To tackle age spots, a combined approach is key. Medical-grade skincare is crucial, offering specially formulated products to target pigmentation and enhance overall skin health. Microneedling, which involves controlled micro-injuries with tiny needles, boosts collagen production and aids in reducing pigmentation irregularities. Alternatively, LaseMD Ultra<sup>™</sup>, an advanced laser treatment, breaks down excess pigmentation for a more even skin tone. These tailored treatments work together for a comprehensive strategy, minimising the appearance of age spots and promoting clearer, rejuvenated skin.