What are sunspots on the skin?
Sunspots are unsightly dark spots that form on the skin due to overexposure to ultraviolet light. The darker the skin type, the more sensitive to UV damage and sunspots. You can find sunspots on the face, neck, forearms, and hands; They usually appear in the areas exposed to the sun.
What causes sunspots?
Many factors cause sunspots on the skin. Some of the most common are:
1. Genetic predisposition
Genetics plays a crucial role in determining the number and distribution of sunspots on the skin. Those with light complexions are more prone to develop sunspots than those with darker complexions, as they have lower melanin content and reflect more light, which makes them burn instead of tan when exposed to UV rays.
Those with older skin are more likely to develop sunspots. With age, the skin becomes thinner, drier, and less elastic. The exact amount of UV exposure that does not produce sunspots in young skin can cause them in older skin.
3. Over-exposure to UV radiation
Too much exposure to sunlight causes sunspots on the skin. You should avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 4 pm because this is when the UV rays are strongest. Cover up with clothing and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB rays.
How to get rid of sunspots?
You can quickly treat sunspots on your skin with a few simple steps.
1. Consult a dermatologist
Although this is a cosmetic problem, it is essential to consult a dermatologist for treatment. Your dermatologist will instruct you to wear sunscreen products daily, especially when UV light is most vital during the summer months. They will also advise you about the best way to protect your skin from future sunspots if you are prone to them.
2. Use products that improve skin texture
Most sunspots disappear by themselves after a few years. However, you can speed up this process by using products that improve skin texture and tone. A dermatologist can recommend the best treatment for your skin condition.
3. Avoid tobacco products
Sunspots on the skin are more common in those exposed to second-hand smoke, which contains harmful toxins and chemicals that increase UV sensitivity and decrease skin elasticity.
What is a pigmentation (laser) treatment at Active Crystal? How does it work?
Pigmentation treatment reduces the appearance of dark spots and other skin discolorations caused by the overproduction of melanin. Treatments involve focused micro-beams of light that penetrate deep into the skin to target pigment-producing cells and disable them from over-producing melanin, eventually fading the appearance of sunspots, freckles, age spots, and other hyperpigmentation.
If you want to get pigmentation treatment, Active Crystal medspa in Toronto offers a range of treatments that are safe and effective. Our state-of-the-art facility is fully equipped with the latest technology and aesthetic equipment to ensure that you get the best result possible. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us today!