What is an Age (Brown) Spot?
When skin develops dark brown or black pigmentations, also known as solar lentigines, those are what we call age spots or sun spots even.
Recent technology gives Rejuvenesce MD new treatments in which we are able to improve your skin, and eliminate age spots. Our treatments are proven to reduce or remove these sun spots on the skin, included the face and hands. Technology and Treatments are only half the battle against Age spots though; keeping your skin away from harsh sun light and sun block lotion when exposed to the sun for large periods of time is the other half.
Keeping your skin out of the Tampa, FL sun is not an easy task, so we urge you to keep sun block handy, and limit prolonged exposure to the sun. No matter what age you are, you can begin forming Age (Brown) Spots, but luckily the removal process is quick, easy, and painless.
Rejuvenesce MD can also screen your age (brown) spots or discolorations for skin cancer. Please, do not hesitate to make an appointment and get yourself checked out by a professional.
What Causes Sun Spots?
Your skin has something called "melanin pigment" and that absorbs the suns rays but also helps to naturally protect our skin. As you age, your skin's natural ability to fight harmful UV rays begins to fade, resulting in the development of Sun Spots.
How To Prevent Sun Spots, Age Spots, and Skin Cancer
People flock to Florida for a reason: our sunny climate and beautiful beaches. However, when you are enjoying our wonderful climate, you must be sure to take steps to protect yourself from the adverse effects of soaking up the sun such as skin cancer, sun spots and premature aging.
Skin cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells caused by overexposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. Fortunately, most skin cancers are preventable. Avoiding or limiting sun exposure will reduce your risk. Here are some tips to keep safe while you have a fun time in the sun:
- Schedule outdoor activities early in the morning or late in the afternoon. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UV rays are the strongest--and most harmful--between 10 AM and 4 PM.
- Always wear sunscreen. Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher every day. Put it on before you go outside, even if it's cloudy. Apply it on all exposed skin, even your lips unless you're wearing a lip balm that contains sunscreen. Reapply every two hours if you're going to be out in the sun all day and especially if you're sweating or going swimming.
- Cover up. When practical, wear long-sleeved, loose-fitting blouses or shirts, or beach cover-ups, to protect yourself from UV rays. Wear hats with large brims all around to shade your face, ears and neck. Wear sunglasses that block both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Wrap-around sunglasses are an even better bet, since they can block UV rays that can slip through the sides.
- Seek shaded areas. This is a no-brainer, especially when it's hot and humid. However, staying in the shade is no substitute for wearing sunscreen.
- Say goodbye to sun and indoor tanning. Indoor tanning beds emit the same UVA and UVB rays that can cause skin cancer. Constant exposure to the sun and tanning beds can also cause premature wrinkling of the skin and sun spots.
- Be proactive. Thoroughly examine your entire body and look for any new moles or skin growths, as well as changes in existing birthmarks, bumps, freckles or moles. We can perform skin cancer screenings to identify any possible problems. Remember, early detection can save your life.
Has the bright Florida sun left you with unsightly sun spots or other skin blemishes? Make an appointment with one of our qualified professionals to see how we can help.