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Sun Spots

There are many anti-aging skin care products in Singapore these days to counter age spots. In spite of the rage for anti-aging skin care, many have mistaken facts in regards to age spots. First and foremost, age spots are not the result of aging but by the exposure of UV sunlight. Age spots are also known as ‘liver spots’ but they are not related to the liver as some may misinterpret. It is a harmless skin condition, but neglecting them might bring harm to your skin.

 

The accurate, professional name for age spots is ‘solar lentigo’ and it means spots caused by sunlight. Basically, age spots are large freckles and can emerge anywhere on the face, arms, hands, feet and back. Fair-skinned people are more apt to this skin condition. In general, people have frequently misunderstood that age spots is only a beauty problem not knowing that age spots can bring about dryness, rough skin and thinning of the skin which can lead to bruising.

 legs and arms and a hat protects your skin from UV exposure. Lastly, avoiding the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. is a must. The sun’s rays are most intense during this time.Age spot treatments can be performed by a dermatologist who will determine the appropriate method after taking into account the location, skin and amount of age spots which need to be treated. They include a simple face cream application to Cryotherapy to freeze off the age spots. There are also lasers and tretinoin to eliminate age spots and all these are done with prescription. Dermatologists in Singapore may perform lasers and tretinoin, depending on the severity of the skin condition. Over-the-counter creams may work but are not entirely dependable as they are less effective than creams given by your dermatologist.

 

Age spots can be prevented by reducing your exposure to sunlight. Another effective method would be to use sunscreens, e.g. face and hand cream which contain SPF 15 are currently popular in the market. This can prevent direct UV lights to penetrate the skin and having age spots at noticeable parts of your body such as the face, arms and hands. It is recommended to apply sunscreen on your face generously, every two hours from sun exposure.

 

Unlike sun spots, freckles only fade away with age and seasons. Freckles have a shorter lifespan on your skin than sun spots. Freckles are also smaller compared to sun spots.

 

Sun spots can be prevented by using sunscreen when swimming or doing outdoor activities. Covering up by wearing tightly woven clothing to cover your

Frequently Asked Questions:

A: Sun spots are caused by overactive melanin cells. Sun spots appear when melanin production is high, making them clumped into the skin. Use of tanning beds and lamps can also cause sun spots. Having light skin and longer exposure to the sun (creating sunburn) poses a risk in developing sun spots.

A: Cosmetic surgeries can remove sun spots on the skin. However, surgeries like this may cause temporary discomfort, swell, or redness on the skin. Leaving them alone is fine since they are harmless and non-cancerous.

A: Applying apple cider vinegar on sun spots may help lighten skin pigmentation. However, taking vitamin C and E can improve your sun spots while boosting your immune system. It is a better alternative for it will benefit the body in the long run.

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