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 inexpensive at-home treatments to get rid of or at least 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...
Sun spots won't go away on their own, but there are several ways to reduce or fade them.
There are several ways to get rid of sunspots including:
Topical Treatments: There are various over-the-counter creams that contain retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), and vitamin C and B3 (niacinamide) that can help fade sunspots over time.
Chemical Peels: Dermatologists can perform chemical peels to exfoliate the top layer of skin, which can reduce the appearance of sunspots.
Laser Therapy: Laser treatments, like intense pulsed light (IPL) or fractional lasers, can target and break down the pigment in sunspots, leading to their gradual fading.
Cryotherapy: Some sunspots can be removed through cryotherapy, which involves freezing them with liquid nitrogen. Although, I'm not sure anyone does this anymore.
Vitamin C can help lighten and brighten skin tone and discoloration. And, help keep skin younger looking by promoting collagen production.
So it's a win-win! And, it's cheap! 😘
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. 1Y
Yes. In the first two pictures below, you can see my results after only a few months of using a vitamin C serum that contained freshly mixed ascorbic acid.
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? Face peels.
Face peels, also known as chemical peels, are effective in removing brown spots for 3 reasons:
1. Exfoliation: They work by exfoliating the top layers of skin, which includes the damaged and pigmented cells responsible for brown spots.
2. Stimulate Skin Renewal: Peels encourage the production of new skin cells, which are more evenly toned. This can help fade brown spots over time as new, healthier skin replaces the old.
3. Even Skin Tone: Peels can improve the overall tone and texture of the skin, making the spots less noticeable.
A less costly treatment includes lightening serums and lotions formulated for sun damaged skin.
Two good ones to consider are:
Zenmed Skin Eraser. This one is a great option because it combines 2 steps, a light scrub, with a light peel. You only need to use this one a few times a year. **I use it during the winter months for best results.
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.
A relatively quick, in-office procedure is Cryotherapy. This procedure freezes the spot using liquid nitrogen.
But, unfortunately, this option didn't work for the age spots on my body.
They may not completely remove the spots, but at-home remedies and over-the-counter products like the ones mentioned above can help keep them from getting too dark.
For the thinner skin areas like your face, it will be an ongoing process. If you're prone to brown sun spots like I am (Irish descent), it's just something you'll have to work on daily.
And remember to wear UVA/UVB sunscreen of at least 30 SPF daily. Especially if you're actively treating sunspots.
Check us out at these locations: