Often known as liver spots, these are an all too visible reminder of the passing of time. Age spots appear in people over 40 although younger people can be affected as well. If you have noticed several flat brown or black spots on your face, hands, arms and shoulders then these are likely to be age spots.
The ageing process is the main reason but they also occur from years of exposure to direct sunlight, often as a result of sunbathing or heavy use of sunbeds. Constant exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays changes the colour of skin, turning it to a light or dark brown colour. This is fine when you are young, but as you get older your skin is less effective at regeneration as a result of sun exposure which leads to the formation of age spots. Also, your skin is thinner and more fragile as you age which increases this risk. Genetics also play a part. If your parents or a close family member has age spots, then you will have directly inherited this condition.
Age Spots are often an inevitable part of growing older, but if you find these unsightly to live with then there are remedies for dealing with these spots.
At 152 Harley Street, our expert Consultant Dermatologists offer various highly effective treatments for age spots, including:
- Skin camouflage creams and lotions, which gradually fade away the spots
- Retinoid creams
- Chemical peels and microdermabrasion
- Laser therapy and cryotherapy