Age & Skin Spots

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Age & Skin Spots Services at Cell Renew in Tampa, Florida

Age spots, also known as liver spots or sunspots, are flat, tan, brown, or black spots on the skin that typically appear on areas of the body that have been exposed to the sun, such as the face, hands, arms, and shoulders. They are commonly seen in adults over the age of 50, but can also occur in younger people who spend a lot of time in the sun.

What Causes Age Spots?

Age spots are caused by the overproduction of melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color. When skin is exposed to the sun, it produces more melanin to protect itself from the sun’s harmful rays. Over time, this can lead to the formation of age spots.
While age spots are usually harmless, they can be a cosmetic concern for some people. They can be treated with topical creams or procedures such as laser therapy, chemical peels, or cryotherapy. 
However, it is important to protect the skin from further sun damage by wearing protective clothing and using sunscreen with a high SPF when going outside.
There are several options to treat age spots, depending on the severity and location of the spots:

  • 1. Chemical peels: A chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove the outer layer, which can help to fade age spots. This treatment can be done in a dermatologist’s office or with an at-home kit.
  • 2. Laser therapy: Intense pulsed light (IPL) or laser treatment can be used to target and break up the pigmented cells in the age spots, which are then absorbed by the body’s natural processes.
It is important to note that while these treatments can be effective in fading age spots, it is also important to protect the skin from further sun damage by wearing protective clothing and using sunscreen with a high SPF when going outside. Consult with a dermatologist to determine the best treatment option for your specific case.

Chemical Peels Can Be An Effective

Chemical peels can be an effective treatment option for age spots. During a chemical peel, a solution containing a chemical exfoliant such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or trichloroacetic acid is applied to the skin. The solution works to dissolve the top layer of the skin, which helps to remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and fade pigmentation such as age spots.
Chemical peels can be superficial, medium, or deep, depending on the concentration and type of chemical used. Superficial peels are milder and may require multiple treatments, while deep peels are more intense and may require longer recovery time.
Chemical peels can help to reduce the appearance of age spots by encouraging the skin to produce new cells and collagen, which can improve the texture and tone of the skin. They can also help to improve the overall appearance of the skin by reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars.
It is important to note that chemical peels can have potential side effects such as redness, swelling, and peeling, and should only be performed by a licensed and experienced professional. A dermatologist can evaluate your skin and recommend the most appropriate type of chemical peel for your individual needs.
Chemical peels can be effective for treating age spots by exfoliating the top layer of skin and reducing hyperpigmentation. Chemical peels work by using a chemical solution to dissolve dead skin cells and improve the texture and tone of the skin. They can help to reduce the appearance of age spots by breaking down the excess pigment in the skin and promoting the growth of new, healthier skin cells. A variety of chemical peels can be used for this purpose, including glycolic acid peels, salicylic acid peels, and trichloroacetic acid peels.
Laser treatments can be effective for treating age spots by targeting and breaking down excess pigment in the skin. Laser treatment for age spots works by using a concentrated beam of light to penetrate the skin and break apart the pigmented cells. The body’s natural healing processes then remove the broken-down pigment, leading to a reduction in the appearance of age spots. Lasers used for treating age spots include intense pulsed light (IPL), fractional lasers, and Q-switched lasers. IPL and fractional lasers work by targeting the pigment in the skin, while Q-switched lasers can target the pigment more specifically. Laser treatment for age spots is generally safe and effective, but it is important to choose a qualified and experienced practitioner to perform the procedure.

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