Sun spots are not usually dangerous. Also called solar lentigines, they are caused by prolonged exposure to the ultraviolet rays from the sun. If you spend a lot of time in the sun, your skin will pay the price. They are more common for people with light skin and can appear at any age. According to the Mayo Clinic, more than 90 percent of people over 60 years old who have light skin have age spots from the sun. If you have any kind of spot on your skin, we recommend you have a consultation with our specialist at SeaMist MedSpa to make sure the spot is not dangerous.
Sun spots may also be called age spots and liver spots, but they have nothing to do with the liver. They are usually seen along with other signs of sun damage, such as thin and dry skin and wrinkles. Sun spots may be brown or gray and vary in size and shape. People with darker skin are not immune to sun damage. They may get spots and patches that look ashy or gray.
Young people can also get sun spots from constant exposure to the sun or a tanning bed. While popular among younger people, tanning beds can cause permanent brown spots that darken and blend together, creating large patches of discoloration.
Sun spots are not generally dangerous. For people who live in sunny climates or who want to enjoy the sun whenever they get the chance, there are ways to help prevent sun spots from forming. The best way to avoid sun spots is to avoid direct sunlight by wearing protective clothing, including hats and sunglasses, carrying an umbrella and sitting in the shade. If these seem like they will ruin your fun in the sun, there are some other things to do that will minimize the chance of sun spots, such as:
• Generous use of sunblock with an SPF of at least 15 that guards against UVA and UVB rays
• Stay away from tanning booths
• Put an anti-UVB coating on your car windows
• Avoid the sun from 10am – 4pm, when it is the hottest
No matter how careful you are, you may need help in removing unsightly sun spots. During a consultation with our specialist at SeaMist MedSpa in South Kingstown, you can learn about our effective IPL treatment for sun spots. Our team of professionals will be happy to evaluate your skin and determine if this form of treatment is right for you. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.