Do you spend a lot of time in the sun? Or wear reflective Aviator sunglasses? Do you forget to apply sunscreen, especially on your left side when driving?
If you answered yes to any of those questions and are over the age of 25, you probably have at least one of those flat, dark spots on your face that we call sun spots, liver spots, age spots, melanin clusters and for the very technical, solar lentigines or solar keratosis.
For now, we’ll refer to them as sunspots simply because they appear on the parts of skin that have been overly exposed to UV rays. Your skin naturally produces melanin to protect itself against harmful rays, and this usually results in a beautiful, even tan, but with increased sun exposure, extra pigment can gather in one area and leave a blotchy, dark spot. If these spots remain untreated, they will eventually grow larger.
To reduce your chances of getting them in the first place, yes you already know what to do – apply broad-spectrum sunscreen every single day.
But since we all forget to do that and sometimes being in the sun is just unavoidable, here are the five treatment options for toning them down.
If you’d like to schedule a consultation with one of the laser experts at L&P Aesthetics, give us a call at 650-327-3232 or send us an email.