21 Jul Reduce Brown Age Spots for Smooth, Unblemished Skin
Do you remember looking at your grandmothers’ hands when you were a child and remarking on her many “freckles” not knowing they were brown age spots? Age spots can be a bothersome part of aging as they cause us to feel self-conscious about our appearance.
What Are Age Spots or Brown Spots?
Age spots, also called brown spots or liver spots, are small spots on areas of your skin that get the most sun. These dark spots come in different sizes and are most often seen on older people, though young people with lighter skin can have them as well if they spent a lot of time in the sun, had frequent sunburns, or used tanning beds. Lover and brown spots are found on the shoulders, face, hands, arms, tops of feet, and back.
Age spots are brown, light brown, or black and are sometimes mistaken for cancer. However, they are actually harmless – unsightly, but harmless. You and your doctor should check for any changes of your brown spots as these can be a sign of cancerous growths.
Treatments for Brown Age Spots
Fortunately, there are several dermatology treatments to help reduce the appearance of age spots. These include:
Medications – Medications such as Hydroquinone is a bleaching cream used to lighten spots on the skin. It can be combined with tretinoin, which is a form of Retinol, and/or a steroid to help reduce the appearance of the spots.
Laser and intense pulsed light therapy – IPL therapy is designed to damage the skin cells that form the spots so that they don’t produce melanin, which gives your skin color. Laser treatment is a relatively simple procedure performed in the office and requires approximately three sessions.
Microdermabrasion – The microdermabrasion procedure involves planing, or stripping away, the top layer of your skin with a spinning brush. This allows a new layer of skin to grow in its place. While you may have a red appearance and some blemishes temporarily with this therapy, the result is smooth skin with a more even tone.
Cryotherapy – Freezing the age spots with a small amount of liquid nitrogen can help reduce the appearance of age spots.
Chemical peel – Chemical peels are an acid application that peels your top layer of skin away. When your skin peels, a new layer is formed underneath which results in a softening of age and liver spots. It may take several treatments for results, and you will most likely experience redness temporarily.
Remove Brown Age Spots in the Phoenix Area with Spectrum Dermatology
Spectrum Dermatology offers several treatments, such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels, to reduce the appearance of age spots or brown spots. You don’t need to live with these telltale signs of older and sun damaged skin. Contact Spectrum Dermatology at (480) 948-8400 and set up your free consultation for age spot treatment today.