Those dark spots that sometimes show up on people’s skin as the years progress are sometimes called sun spots. Others refer to them as age spots. The reality is that they have little to do with age. It is highly likely that it was exposure to the sun over the years that caused them. Regardless of the cause, these spots can and do lead to an appearance that is less than desirable. For this reason, many people with the condition look for ways to have these spots removed.
If you want to look younger, the removal of sun spots is a good way to do it. Your skin will have a more even tone, which will contribute to a more youthful appearance. Fortunately, there are treatment methods available that can help you to get rid of those spots without requiring you to take any time off for recovery.
Sun spots form when melanin begins to concentrate in patches throughout the skin. Melanin is what provides pigment. As its level increases, the skin will turn darker. This is what happens when you work on your tan. The skin produces more melanin in response to the UV rays of the sun. This is how it protects itself against the harmful effects of the exposure. When this practice is repeated over and over, the melanin will remain in elevated levels. However, this melanin will not be spread evenly throughout the skin. For some reason, it will concentrate in places and be displayed in the form of dark spots.
Since it is concentrated melanin that causes the sun spots, one of the keys to removing them is to find a way to disperse it. There are treatment methods that do exactly that. Some of them use highly intensified light to do it. Intense pulsed light therapy (IPL) is one of them. It is sometimes referred to as photorejuvenation. The light pulses are delivered through a wand that is passed across the surface of the skin. The energy from the light produces heat that is absorbed by the skin. This will break up the melanin and cause the spots to diminish.