No matter how small those brown spots are, you just want to get rid of them. They're especially bothersome when they show up on your face!
Ahead I'll show you some skin treatments and how to get rid of or lighten those annoying age spots on your face, neck and hands.
gets regular sun exposure will eventually begin to notice sun dark spots on their
skin and face.
Sunspots, (solar lentigines or age spots as they are also called), are caused by prolonged exposure to the sun - specifically ultra violet rays.
They usually look like flat brown or coco colored dots and appear on areas that get the most sun exposure.
NOTE: If you see changes or discoloration on your skin, please always check with a dermatologist to make sure it's not something more serious before trying any suggestions on this page.
Whether you have brown spots on your face, or just a few liver spots on your hands or neck...
No. These spots may get lighter in the winter or when you're not exposed to sunlight. But, they're always be there because spots on the skin are an indication of sun damage.
They are a lot of non-surgical treatments and over-the-counter products to remove or lighten sunspots. I've tried both, expensive laser and over-the-counter options.
The problem with the laser treatments they will come back, not exactly in the same spot, but if you keep exposing yourself to the sun, they will come back. So repeated treatments will always be necessary.
For this reason, I'll list over-the-counter product you can use to keep them in check first. As this is a less expensive option that in-office laser treatments.
Vitamin C can help lighten and brighten skin tone and discoloration. Vitamin C naturally helps suppress pigment formation, so over time, those brown sunspots on your face and hands will begin to lighten up.
According to The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology (JCAD) "Vitamin C is the most powerful antioxidant in the skin, vitamin C has been shown to protect against photoaging, ultraviolet-induced immunosuppression, and photocarcinogenesis. It also has an antiaging effect by increasing collagen synthesis, stabilizing collagen fibers, and decreasing collagen degradation. It decreases melanin formation, thereby reducing pigmentation. 1
And, as a side benefit, Vitamin C helps protect against collagen degradation and increase production.
In the first two pictures below, you can see my results after only a few months of using a vitamin C serum.
Compare the dark sun spot on my neck skin (on the left) to the after picture on the right. It's almost gone and the middle ring around my neck is smoother.
However, you can still see a lot of sun damage and tiny spots on my skin.
Several months later, my skin looks better, smoother and while you can still see the sun spot, it's much lighter and less noticeable.
Sounds too good to be true? Well, there are some facts you need to know to get the best results.
Most treatments usually work better on the facial skin because it’s thinner. Treating sunspots on your arms and legs can be really difficult due to the thickness of the skin in those areas.
Here are some tips to get better results when trying to lighten sun spots.
What are some other treatments to get rid of sunspots on skin?
A less costly treatment includes lightening serums and lotions formulated for sun damaged skin.
Two good ones to consider are:
- Clinique’s Even Better Clinical Skin Corrector
Prescription retinols and exfoliating creams such as Tretinoin and Renova are also good at fading spots as well.
More extreme measures to remove spots from sensitive facial skin are chemical peels, IPL (intense pulsed light) and laser resurfacing like:
Ask your dermatologist which is best for your condition.
Over-the-counter retinols can help lighten sunspots on the face (not the body), but my take a longer time to achieve desired results.
A relatively quick, in-office procedure is Cryotherapy. It freezes the spot using liquid nitrogen, which causes scabbing and after a week fall off to reveal new skin. But, unfortunately, this option didn't work for the age spots on my body.
What about all natural home remedies?
They really don’t work, at least not for me.
You might be able to lighten them a bit, but they’ll never go away completely.
None-the-less, if you’re interested in trying some, a few natural solutions, or you only have one or two spots to worry about.
You can try rubbing lemon juice, buttermilk, vitamin E, or a green tea bag directly on the area twice daily until they are gone.
And remember to wear UVA/UVB sunscreen of at least 30 SPF daily, so you don’t worsen or create new sunspots on your skin.
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