During the warmer months, we see a lot of men and women frying their skin in the name of…looking good.
And no matter what we say or what statistics we quote, some humans feel the insane urge to bake like a potato in the sun.
Despite our warnings, we still hear the two skin questions asked the most, “What are these brown spots on my hands and face? They seem like they’re worse. How do I get rid of them?”
These spots have various names: age spots, liver spots, sunspots and more. They are mainly caused by overexposure to the sun. The ultraviolet light causes overstimulation of melanocyte cells, and they lump together and show up as age spots.
Age spots seem to get worse in the summer. Actually, just more of their friends show up to the party. The more you see, the more evidence of sun damage.
So what can you do about them?
Keep your skin protected with sunscreen to limit overexposure to the sun. Next, consider laser or IPL to fade out those little guys.
But remember, continued over exposure to the sun will keep age spots appearing on your skin.
“My cheeks are reddish and I don’t have rosacea or a sunburn. What’s going on?”
Usually these are broken capillaries and may be caused by many factors. Number one is overexposure to the sun. Extremes in temperatures spread these tired, worn out capillaries, as does aggressive over-exfoliation.
Again, laser or IPL are excellent choices of treatment. Remember to keep your skin protected with a sunscreen at all times to reduce spreading them. And wear a hat!
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