Age Spots & Hyperpigmentation

Age spots are the natural consequence of years of sun-drenched bliss. In reaction to chronic sun exposure, the melanocytes in our skin produce excess pigment, leading to dark spots on our skin. These spots are otherwise known as liver spots, and for many people, are an unsightly evidence of aging. In addition, skin discoloration can result from chronic irritation due to diseases such as atopic dermatitis or eczema and scars.

Skin discolorations are produced at the base of the epidermis, that is, the lowest layer of skin. Any treatment aimed at reducing or eliminating excess pigmentation must penetrate to that layer. There are many options to treating age spots and skin discolorations; some are more invasive than others. We will review those treatments here, but remember, prevention is worth an ounce of cure. Your best defense against age spots and skin discoloration is daily use of sunscreen containing titanium oxide or zinc oxide.

LifeCell and Revitol are two good anti-aging creams that help to alleviate skin discolorations and age spots.

Because age spots are considered cosmetic problems, your insurance may not pay for treatments that are dermatologic procedures. In addition, some of the procedures listed below may have additional side effects. If you are considering these treatments, consult with a trained dermatologist.

To find out more about age spot removal, check out, "how to remove age spots," to get the indepth explanation for possible treatments.