Treating Sun Spots

by Jessica Wright
(last updated February 8, 2017)

Being out in the warm sun feels great on our skin, but all that sun can take its toll. After a while all that sun starts to do things to the skin. Some of the problems that occur later on comes in many forms such as wrinkles, skin discolorations, and even skin cancer.

There are a number of different characteristic symptoms of sun damage. There are sun spots (which are the easiest to see), wrinkles, the skin appears to have a "leathery" texture, and skin discoloration. Skin discolorations are also known as sun spots, liver spots, or age spots. Sun spots normally start appearing when a person is about 40 years old, although they can start earlier if there has been a lot of sun exposure.

Sun spots occur where the pigmentation of the skin is a different color (usually it's darker) than that of the rest of the skin. When the sun spots start to appear they may, at first, look a lot like freckles. With time some of these sun spots can develop into skin cancer and should be watched carefully.

When it comes to treating sun spots the obvious thing would be to avoid them in the first place. This can be done by taking care of the skin, especially when spending time outdoors. Apply a really good sun screen to the skin every time that you spend time outdoors, along with wearing protective clothing like long sleeves and a hat.

Once you begin noticing sun spots starting to appear then it's time to start treating them. There are several different ways to accomplish this.

  • Laser Treatment: One of the ways of treating sun spots is through laser treatment or other light techniques. This is accomplished by a dermatologist using flashes of light from a laser beam or other high intensity full-spectrum xenon lamp. What happens is that the outer skin is basically vaporized. When it heals the skin is lighter, tighter, and smoother.
  • Bleaching Agents: There are products that the dermatologist may prescribe that contain an ingredient called hydroquinone. This procedure isn't as harsh on the skin as the other methods are, but it does take a longer time to see results. This is also one of the less expensive ways to deal with treating sun spots.
  • Chemical Peels: This option for treating sun-damaged skin is used to strip away the dead skin cells by removing the outer layers of the skin, which stimulates the growth of new skin that is healthy. A dermatologist can prescribe products like Retin-A for this purpose.

Visit with a dermatologist and see what options are best for you. They have the knowledge and experience with what you can expect to happen and how long it will take for you to see the desired result.

Once you treat your sun spots you'll want to be sure to wear sun screen or the problem will more than likely return.

Author Bio

Jessica Wright

Jessica is a communications major studying for her masters and working full time. Growing up in a household of girls, she learned young the fun of trying new beauty ideas. Jessica enjoys playing the piano, dating, and having a good time with family and friends. ...

MORE FROM JESSICA

How to Apply Makeup

Knowing how to apply makeup isn't as scary as it sounds. You can get the perfect look by learning just a few helpful tips.

Discover More

Taming Bushy Eyebrows

Are your eyebrows out of control? Does it look like you have only one eyebrow that goes straight across your forehead? ...

Discover More

Curing Foot Odor

No need to be embarrassed by the smell of your feet. Soon you will be taking your shoes off without anyone being able to ...

Discover More
More Beauty Tips

Hiding or Removing Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are not just a problem that pregnant women are faced with. Anyone can get them, but how does someone either ...

Discover More

Choosing the Correct Skin Care Cleanser

Using the correct facial cleanser is essential to getting desired results. Utilizing the wrong product can add to skin ...

Discover More

Different Types of Facials for Dry Skin

Facials can help your skin look its best. Read more to find out about what types of facials are best for dry skin.

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured beauty tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 6 - 1?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured beauty tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)