Uneven skin tone and unwanted pigmentation can add years to your perceived age. Combating fine lines and wrinkles usually tops the list when it comes to the patients who come to us wanting to retain a youthful appearance.
Over time, your picture-perfect complexion begins to display hyperpigmentation in the form of undesirable dark patches, unsightly brown and black growths, and mottling in the skin.
An interesting research finding demonstrated that hyperpigmentation can make you look up to 20 years older.
Hyperpigmentation stems from enhanced production and uneven distribution of melanin, the skin’s predominant pigment. While hydroquinone remains the gold standard for treating this common condition, it has fallen out of favor due to published studies reporting its allergenic, and carcinogenic properties. This has sparked interest in agents that have comparable skin-lightening effects to hydroquinone without the serious side effects.
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What causes age spots?
Age spots are the result of an excess production of melanin, or skin pigment. Doctors don’t always know why age spots develop. Skin aging, sun exposure, or other
Who is at risk for age spots?
People of any age, sex, or race can develop age spots. However, age spots are more common in people with certain risk factors. These include:
How are age spots treated?
Age spots aren’t dangerous and don’t cause any health problems. Treatment isn’t necessary, but some people want to remove age spots because of their appearance.
We may prescribe bleaching creams to fade the age spots gradually. These usually contain hydroquinone, with or without retinoids such as tretinoin. Bleaching creams usually take several months to fade age spots.
Bleaching and tretinoin creams make your skin more sensitive to UV damage. You will need to wear sunscreen at all times during treatment and continue to wear sunscreen, even on cloudy days, after fading the spots.
There are several medical procedures that can remove or reduce age spots. Each medical procedure carries a risk of side effects and complications. Ask us today about which treatment is the most appropriate for your skin.