Over time, sun damage may lead to small brown, gray, or black spots on the skin. These small, flat areas, often called age spots or sun spots, are caused by UV rays and typically occur on parts of the body that get the most sun exposure, such as the face, shoulders, back, arms, and hands. Although we cannot reverse the skin damage caused by the sun, it is possible to prevent the development age spots with these skincare tips.
Stay Out of the Sun
Avoiding UV exposure is the only surefire way to prevent age spots. Whenever possible, stay indoors when the sun is at its strongest, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. When you do go outside during these hours, stay in the shade and shield the skin with loose clothing and a wide-brimmed hat. you can also look for garments made from fabric that repels the sun’s rays.
Always Wear Sunscreen
Whether or not the sun is out, apply sunscreen every time you go outdoors, as well as when you’ll be driving or riding in a car. Look for a formula that includes both UVA and UVB protection with an SPF of at least 30. If you are sweating, swimming, or spending time in direct sunlight, reapply the product every two hours.
Know When to Seek Medical Care
Although age spots are not dangerous and do not cause discomfort or pain, some skin growths can signify skin cancer. See a dermatologist if you notice any unusual marks or lesions on your skin. Sun spots are not raised from the skin, so be aware of areas that are raised, expand in diameter, are very dark in color or have varying colors, have an irregular border, or cause discomfort, pain, or bleeding.
These three simple steps can help keep your skin healthy as you grow older and ward off the development of age spots. If you have age spots and are unhappy with them, The Dermatology Clinic in Baton Rouge can help reduce their appearance. We have several treatments to help with hyperpigmentation, and we can help you choose the treatment that’s best for you. Request an appointment online or call us today at (225) 769-7546.