Sunspots are the reason why so many women feel insecure at times, and why they use make-up to cover them up. There are ways to treat sun spots, although you should feel confident even if you don’t remove them since they are a sign you played with your kids outside or spent hours on the beach with your friends while you were younger. Most people like natural looks, so this is one more reason why you shouldn’t cover them with too much make-up, even if that means your sunspots will be noticeable. In addition, putting heavy make-up on, every day will eventually become tiring. If you would, however, like to remove them, why not do it by using some of the effective treatments explained below.
What are sunspots?
First of all, sunspots are a normal change that happens when your skin has had long sun exposure over the years. Your skin produces pigments which start to collect in damaged parts of your skin. It can be wrinkles, scars, or any other injured part of your skin. Sunspots happen when we are older because it takes time for this pigmentation to develop. Although you should be aware that due to some other damage on the surface of your skin, it can also happen to younger people.
Ways to treat sunspots
There are, of course, some treatments that help you remove sunspots. Some of the procedures, like laser therapy, cryotherapy or chemical peels. On the other hand, if you want a softer treatment, you can try with creams. Either way, we are going to talk you through both.
Laser treatment is the most effective one, which is why many opt for it. The laser permanently removes melanin and dark spots. Cryotherapy is a treatment that uses liquid nitrogen that freezes any discoloration. However, keep in mind that there will be a healing process afterward. Chemical peels involve exfoliating the surface of your skin with special solutions. New skin will be created afterward and sun spots will fade soon.
Creams and lotions
The best creams for this purpose are the ones that have Aloe Vera, vitamin C and E, green tea, lemon juice, different enzymes and silicic and lactic acid as well as alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and glycolic acid. Vitamin E will protect your skin from sun damage in the first place, which is why you should also use it as a preventive measure. You can find this combination of effects in Resurface gel, which helps battle sunspots because it erases Sun damage from your face and hydrates it at the same time. It also exfoliates the skin and makes scars less visible. A combination of resurfacing gel and serum can be a great natural substitute for chemical peels. Glycolic acid is actually an AHA that can best exfoliate your skin and visibly reduce the appearance of sunspots and any discoloration. It will leave your skin looking fresh, bright and with a much better complexion. Before beginning with any treatment, consult your dermatologist for the percentages that will work best for you.
The first line of defense – SPF
Treatments of sunspots will always be available, although there is prevention you can take. The best one is, of course, SPF lotions, which will protect you from harmful UV rays. The best SPF creams to get are waterproof, with an SPF 30 or more. The right way to apply it is to put it on 30 minutes before going out so your skin will have time to absorb it. Also, don’t use it sparingly, around one ounce is needed for it to have the right effect. Small steps over time can be of great significance, like using makeup and regular, day creams with SPF. That way, you will make sure you are protected at all times.
When to see a doctor?
Sunspots are normal changes, although at times they can indicate something more serious or cause you discomfort. You should definitely see a doctor if you experience itchiness, bleeding around the dark spot, tingling, or changes in size and color. Cancers like melanoma can be manifested through dark spots, so whether you choose to remove them with any treatment or not, you should do regular check-ups with your doctor.
There are many steps you can take in preventing and treating sun spots. Depending on the effect you want to achieve, and what type of skincare you like you can choose between different treatments and creams, which will help reduce or even remove them. Research all of the options mentioned above and find the best solution for you.