5 – Chemical peel
This is a chemical solution applied to your skin to remove the dark spots. It may cause some reddening or scarring of your skin.
When to contact your doctor for advice on age spots
Contact your doctor if you notice any of these conditions on or around your dark spots.
- Growing larger
- Changes in colors
- Getting irregular sides
How to prevent dark spots
If you already have dark spots, you’ll want to protect yourself from getting more. Here are some suggestions to prevent getting more age spots.
- When you’re outside, stay in the shade.
- Choose to be inside during the hottest times of the day (10:00 to 3:00).
- Wear protective clothing that covers arms and legs
- Put on a hat with a big brim to protect your face, head, and neck.
- Always wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and the skin near your eyes from UV rays.
- Wear zinc-based sunscreen on the exposed parts of your skin. Reapply every few hours.
- Don’t use a tanning bed.
- Choose to make up with an SPF.
Final thoughts on understanding the causes of dark spots and how to treat them
Skin problems like dark spots are part of aging. You may notice these on your hands, face, or your neck. Of course, you can age gracefully if you take precautions to protect your skin. Hyperpigmentation of the melanin in your skin is primarily because of sunshine’s UV rays. Here in the west, it’s thought that a “healthy” tan is a good thing. This thinking has caused many people to damage their skin and get age spots. Of course, other things contribute to dark spots like being fair-skinned or even some artificial UV lamps that most people are exposed to without knowing it. The best thing you can do is protect your skin the best you can and avoid tanning beds and too much sunshine.