Whether you call them age spots, sun spots, or liver spots, they are al the same thing. Sunspots are, as their name states, caused by sun exposure, which can darken spots on your skin and make your skin look aged and damaged. As one of the things that we treat here at our office, sunspots are fairly easy to get rid of with laser, but they may require multiple treatments. To help you avoid getting sunspots to begin with this summer, we have a few steps for you to take.
Watch What You’re Putting On Your Skin
Topical creams like retinol may be great at combating fine lines and wrinkles, but they can also make your skin hypersensitive to getting sun damage like sunspots. If you don’t want to get off of the medication that you are using, make sure that you’re careful and try to cover up when you’re out in the sun. If, however, you can avoid using these problems during the summer, then that’s the easiest thing to do.
Wear a Broad Spectrum Sunscreen
The sun contains two types of harmful rays, including UVA and UVB rays. Both of these rays can cause different types of sun damage, including sunspots. Make sure that you wear a broad spectrum sunscreen every time you go outside even if it’s just on a walk during your lunch break.
In addition to wearing sunscreen and watching the topical products you are using on your skin, try to cover up as much as possible. If you are having a pool day, make sure that you wear a broad brimmed sun hat to protect your skin. Remember that the wider the brim is on your hat, the more coverage you will get.
Even though sunspots can be reversible with laser, they aren’t something you want to have to begin with. Use these tips to avoid sunspots while you’re outside this summer. To learn a little bit more about treatments, contact our Washington DC office and call us at 202-785-4187.