How To Get Rid Of Those Age Spots

Hydroquinone, only available by prescription, is a steroid that is used as a bleaching cream. It is used alone or in conjunction with retinoids and alpha hydroxyl acids. These creams may gradually fade the spots over several months, but sun protection is strongly advised if you use hydroquinone cream to fade your age spots. Also, topical steroids should only be used over small areas of your skin, as large daily doses of steroids can cause an adrenal gland disorder called Cushing’s disease.

Laser therapy is also available to treat age spots. Lasers destroy the pigment producing cells which create the age spots without damaging the skin surface. This type of treatment requires several sessions, and can be expensive. After treatment, the spots gradually fade over several months.

Chemical peels, both superficial and medium-depth chemical peels can fade age spots. In a chemical peel, acid is applied to the skin, which burns the outer layer of the skin. This causes your skin to peel. Chemical peels are known to be uncomfortable, and require several treatments before you notice any improvement in the appearance of age spots. Sun protection is strongly advised after receiving a chemical peel.

Dermabrasion is another procedure that can reduce the appearance of age spots. Dermabrasion consists of sanding down the surface layer of your skin with a rotating brush. It removes the skin surface and a new layer of skin grows. Side effects can include redness, pain, and temporary scab formation. Again, sun protection is strongly advised.

Cryotherapy, or freezing, involves spraying the age spot with a freezing agent, such as liquid nitrogen, to destroy the extra pigment. As the area heals, the age spot appears lighter. Cryotherapy may require several sessions, and poses a risk of scarring and discoloration.

An easy, non-invasive way to reduce the appearance of age spots and prevent future age spot formation is to apply vitamin C daily. This should be in a stable form such as ascorbyl palmitate, to your skin. vitamin C, a powerful anti-oxidant, not only protects the skin, but also evens skin tone and regulates the production of pigment from melanocytes.

Ascorbyl palmitate is an active ingredient in LifeCell. Even if you consider use of more invasive procedures to eliminate age spots, topical vitamin C is recommended to prevent formation of new age spots and protect the skin against photoaging.