Sun Spot Removal

Sun Spot Removal Roswell, GA

Sunspots are flat brown spots that develop on your skin that have been exposed to the sun. They are harmless and noncancerous and do not technically need treatment unless one looks to have them removed or visibly reduced for cosmetic reasons.

What are Sun Spots?

Sun spots, also known as solar lentigines or age spots, are flat, dark spots that appear on the skin as a result of prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. These spots typically develop on areas of the body that receive the most sun exposure, such as the face, hands, shoulders, and arms. Sun spots are usually harmless and painless, but they can be aesthetically bothersome.

What Causes Sun Spots?

Sun Spots develop due to various factors that trigger an overproduction of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin coloration. Understanding the causes of sun spots can help you take preventive measures and make informed decisions about treatment options.

Causes of Sun Spots include:

  • UV Exposure: Excessive exposure to the sun’s UV rays is the primary cause of sun spots. When your skin is exposed to UV radiation, it triggers the production of melanin as a natural defense mechanism. Prolonged or repeated exposure to the sun without proper protection can lead to the development of sun spots over time.
  • Age and Skin Type: Sun spots are more common in older individuals, as the skin’s ability to regenerate and repair itself decreases with age. Additionally, individuals with fair skin are more prone to developing sun spots due to reduced melanin protection against UV damage.
  • History of Sunburns: Past sunburns can contribute to the development of sun spots. Sunburns cause inflammation and damage to the skin, leading to an increased risk of pigmentation irregularities, including the formation of sun spots.
  • Hormonal Changes: Hormonal fluctuations, such as those experienced during pregnancy or menopause, can trigger the appearance of sun spots. These changes can stimulate melanin production and make the skin more susceptible to pigmentation changes.
  • Medications and Genetics: Certain medications, such as birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, and some antibiotics, can make the skin more sensitive to UV radiation and increase the risk of sun spot formation. Additionally, genetics can play a role in determining an individual’s susceptibility to developing sun spots.

Preventing and addressing sun spots requires a comprehensive approach that includes sun protection and proper skincare.

What do Sun Spots Look Like?

Sun spots typically appear as flat, dark brown or black patches on the skin. They vary in size and shape, and their appearance may intensify with age. While sun spots are often associated with aging, they can also affect younger individuals, especially those with fair skin or a history of extensive sun exposure.

Are Sun Spots Cancerous?

It’s important to note that sun spots are different from skin cancer. Sun spots are benign and do not pose a significant health risk. However, it’s crucial to monitor any changes in the appearance of sun spots and consult one of our providers if you notice any irregularities, such as rapid growth, irregular borders, or changes in color.

How to Get Rid of Sun Spots

If you’re looking to reduce the appearance of sun spots and achieve a more even skin tone, several treatment options are available.

  • Intense Pulse Light (IPL) therapy targets and breaks down the excess melanin in sun spots, leading to their gradual fading.
  • Skin resurfacing techniques like the following can also help diminish sun spots by promoting the growth of new, healthier skin cells and improving overall skin texture:
    • Laser Resurfacing: Uses focused laser energy to remove damaged skin layers, stimulate collagen production, and reduce the appearance of sun spots.
    • Microdermabrasion: Gently exfoliates the skin, promotes cell turnover, and improves texture and tone, reducing the visibility of sun spots.
    • Microneedling: Creates controlled micro-injuries to stimulate collagen production, enhance skin cell turnover, and fade sun spots. 

These treatments, available at Ageless Remedies of Roswell, GA, can effectively target and diminish sun spots, providing you with a smoother and more even complexion.

What are the treatments for sunspots?

There are very many at-home treatments including but not limited to

  • Aloe
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Vitamin C & Vitamin E
  • Over-the-counter topical creams

As for professional treatment, the options vary in abrasiveness, and AR Roswell offers the following and many more

  • Intense pulse light
  • Skin resurfacing such as laser resurfacing
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Microneedling

It is important to speak with your dermatologist on what is your best course of action when it comes to working with your sunspots. Some may respond well to topical creams whereas others require a more aggressive approach to help eliminate them. At AR Roswell, we have many options for you, contact us for a consult to identify your needs and create a treatment plan.

How can I avoid sunspots?

The best thing you can do is avoid sunspots altogether. To do so, you will need to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily, multiple times per day, especially if you sweat, to limit the exposure to your skin. Tanning beds are also a large contributor to sunspots due to the use of UVA and UVB rays, so tanning beds shall be avoided as well. 

Any time you notice a new or changing spot on your skin, you should always see your doctor, to determine if it needs treatment, and as for sunspots, although they may not be harmless, they can be cosmetically troublesome. Your doctor can help you find the best way to rid yourself of these changes to your look.  

Sun Spot Treatment at Ageless Remedies of Roswell in Roswell, GA

While sun spots are a common concern, they can be effectively treated and managed. With the right combination of professional treatments and sun protection measures, you can achieve a more even and youthful complexion. Contact AR Roswell in Roswell, GA, to learn more about our sun spot treatment options and create a personalized plan for healthier, more radiant skin.