Age Spots

Age Spot on Arm

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I used to know a top Mary Kay Director who consistently sold a particular item in their product line because she would apply it on the back of one hand only, and that hand did not show any signs of them, but her the other hand did. She would hold both hands out side by side to demonstrate and, viola! Instant sale. That was all it took, usually.

Age Spots have different names

Also known as liver or sun spots and solar lentigines, these show up looking like large freckles as flat, gray, brown or dark spots with rounded edges which vary in size and usually appear on areas which are most exposed to the sun like hands, forearms, chest, face and shoulders. See photo of one on the arm, above.

They are pretty common in folks over the age of 40, but they can affect younger people too. They can tend to be more common in folks who freckle and sunburn easily. Some people are genetically predisposed to developing them. Associated with cumulative sun exposure, they can be limited by minimizing time spent out in the sun. Please note that the body needs sun exposure for health benefits. You need that vitamin D-3. Just don't overdo it. 15 minutes of sunlight is usually sufficient.

Sometimes what appears to be an age spot is actually melanoma or another type of skin cancer, so be sure to keep an eye on any areas that look suspect and have them checked out by a qualified professional.

To remove or minimize their appearance, over-the-counter treatments like this Defining Gel are available. In addition, the following treatments are available from dermatologists:

  • Bleaching
  • Chemical peels
  • Cryosurgery
  • Dermabrasion or microdermabrasion
  • Laser skin resurfacing
    ...or you could always cover them with a flesh-colored concealer cream.
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