We love the sun! We love the summer warmth on our face and body and the gorgeous tan we sport as we move into the busy fall season. But as your summer tan fades away, you may notice some lingering sunspots on your face and near your eyes. These tend to get more noticeable as we age and unfortunately, they won’t go away on their own.
What Causes Sunspots On The Face?
These dark-colored sunspots are officially known as solar lentigines. They’re caused by exposure to ultraviolet rays, which cause the skin to produce more of the dark pigment melanin. Melanin tends to concentrate in certain areas, which ultimately leads to sunspots. Sunspots usually show up in areas that get the most sun exposure, like the face and hands. They won’t go away on their own–in fact they’re likely to get darker. Sunspots also get more pronounced as we get older, which is why they’re also known as age spots.
Do Home Remedies Work?
There are plenty of home remedies suggested for sunspots, and some of them are reasonably effective. These involve using natural acids, vitamins and antioxidants to reduce the sight of sunspots. Some of the old-school favorites include lemon juice and apple cider vinegar, which use natural acids to diminish sunspots. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants, and home remedy fans recommend applying tea bags directly to the face or squeezing concentrated tea onto a cotton ball. Other home remedies include pure aloe vera and liquid vitamin E in capsule form, which use vitamins and antioxidants to help spots fade.
Some of these home remedies can be fairly useful on a temporary basis. The major downside is that they take lots of time and require a super consistent routine, often requiring application multiple times a day for weeks or months. Many of us just don’t have the time or dedication to make them work.
“Forever Young” With BBL Treatment
For more dramatic and immediate results, consider professional treatment through your aesthetic surgeon’s office. There are a number of terrific options available, and you’ll notice a big difference right away. Intense Pulsed Light (or IPL) is a big trend in treating age spots and other skin conditions involving discoloration. One of the top IPL treatments is Forever Young BBL, which is proven to reduce or eliminate age spots. BBL (or Broad Band Light) is a high-tech IPL tool that has shown amazing results in treating sunspots. BBL uses broad spectrum and infrared light to selectively heat layers of skin to get rid of pigmentation. The treatment uses a versatile range of wavelengths so that clients’ individual needs are met. Clients using BBL treatments experience virtually no downtime following treatment and report looking 10 years younger after just a few treatments.
Laser Treatments For Lasting Results
As we get older, our age spots get darker and almost seem to multiply. They’re often accompanied by unwanted friends like fine lines. When we feel like we have too many spots to handle, laser treatments are a terrific option. Here are a few of the wonderful possibilities for laser treatment:
Laser MicroPeel Treatments
The popular MicroPeel brings a laser across the skin, providing intense exfoliation while removing or reducing age spots. A Laser MicroPeel can also erase fine lines related to sun damage, offering two solutions in one package. Your skin may be sensitive or feel sunburned immediately after the procedure, but your doctor will provide special soothing creams to take home. After a few days, your skin will feel refreshed and rejuvenated and look much younger.
ProFractional Laser Treatments
ProFractional lasers provide a more targeted treatment than a laser peel, making them ideal for clients with a relatively small number of sunspots. These amazing, high-tech lasers stimulate new collagen growth, literally renewing the skin in trouble areas–including heavily pigmented areas like sunspots. And the best part is, they don’t affect healthy skin, so they offer faster healing than a traditional peel.
Combining Treatments For Dramatic Results
For clients with lots of sunspots, the best bet is our Complete Rejuvenation Package combining MicroPeel, ProFractional Laser and BBL treatments to cover all of your sunspots and also tackle those pesky fine lines. BBL also treats face redness ailments like rosacea, leaving your skin looking years younger.
Getting Rid Of Sun Damage With The Best Treatments
If you’re relatively young and have just a few sunspots, a home remedy may offer you a temporary fix on the cheap. But as we get older and our sunspots multiply and get darker, professional treatment is definitely the way to go! New technology in laser and BBL treatments make it so easy for you to look years younger in a very short time. And you’ll be thrilled with the dramatic and long-lasting results.
For more information about treating sun spots and age spots, contact Aesthetica today to book a consultation. Our laser treatment plans will have your skin looking refreshed and rejuvenated in no time.