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April 15, 2014

Age Spots: Not always there to stay!

In their forties, at times even sooner, some women will develop what are commonly known as “age spots” or “liver spots.” These brownish blemishes are a form of localized hyperpigmentation of the skin due to an increased production of melanin (brown pigments).
 
They generally appear on the most sun-exposed areas of the body: face, neckline, arms, shoulders and hands.
Age spots tend to make skin appear older than it actually is. While considered unsightly, they are, however, completely harmless.  
 
 

Causes of age spots

Many factors can lead to age spots:
 
  • Aging of the skin
  • Repeated and excessive exposure to UV rays
  • Certain medications such as oral contraceptives
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy or menopause
  • Acne 
  • Injury to the skin
 

Preventing and treating age spots

We know that UV rays are the biggest culprit behind the development of age spots. The best way to prevent them is, of course, to use adequate sun protection when spending time outdoors. 

Certain anti-aging dermo-cosmetic products are specifically formulated to prevent and minimize the appearance of age spots. For the most part, they contain active ingredients, such as glycolic acid, which stimulate exfoliation and promote cell regeneration.
It can take time for age spots to disappear. The products generally need to be used for four to six weeks before the pigmented cells from the lowest levels of the epidermis are pushed toward the surface of the skin and eliminated by exfoliation. In some cases, older, deeper spots may be more difficult to lighten.
 

Pharmacy services

Your dermo-cosmetic consultant can recommend products to help prevent age spots. Don’t hesitate to talk to her on your next visit!