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Although most common in older guys, men's age spots can occur at any age. If you know how to identify an age spot early on, you'll be able to take preventative action before they become a problem.
Age spots come in different shapes and sizes, but sometimes it's hard to identify whether a change in pigment is an age spot, a freckle, or something you should get checked out by a doctor.
What does an age spot look like?
Men's age spots look similar to freckles and come in various shapes and sizes. While freckles are typically small, round spots over your body, age spots are larger and not necessarily as round. Age spots tend to be longer and more oval-shaped. Also, there should not be any bumps or indents in the skin where the age spot is located.
What color is an age spot?
The color of age spots can range from a light tan color, similar to a freckle, to a dark brown. They can also get darker over time after continued exposure to UV light, causing more damage to the spot.
What causes age spots?
The most common cause of age spots is the result of damage from the sun. They don't just happen suddenly in the same way a sunburn would; they become more visible after years of sun damage.
Also, it's a common misconception that age spots are only for older people. But the truth is, men in their 20's with excess unprotected exposure to the sun can also develop age spots.
Here are the most common causes for men's age spots:
Having lighter skin pigmentation
When the sun's UV light continuously damages the skin, the body's natural reaction is to deploy melanin to the location burned. When melanin builds up to protect against the sun, it causes the skin to become dark in the affected areas.
How can you prevent age spots from happening?
To prevent age spots from happening, you should protect your skin when you do venture outside.
Use sunscreenThe best protection for your skin when going outside is sunscreen. The Mayo Clinic recommends a sunscreen that is rated SPF 30 or above. It will protect you from the UV rays of the sun, keep your skin looking young, prevent sunburns, and prevent age spots from cropping up.
Wear protective clothingAlongside sunscreen, clothing is a great way to protect your skin when outdoors.
Anything that shades your skin from the sun is going to be helpful, including any form of head protection. Also, you can wear long sleeves outside. Even a thin shirt (for those summer days) will make a huge difference.
If you work outside, buy clothes designed for spendings hours outdoors. This clothing should be marked as UPF (ultraviolet protection factor), rated at 30 to 50 for maximum effect.
Limit your time outdoorsIt can't always be helped, but if you can control the times you plan to be outside, try to do your outdoor activities when the sun is not the strongest. Typically, the sun is the strongest between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Avoid these times if possible.
How do you get rid of age spots?
MedicationYou can treat age spots with medication. A doctor can prescribe a cream that lightens the color of the age spots. The skin absorbs the cream and, in doing so, begins to reduce melanin levels in the skin. Creams are a long-term solution for treating men's age spots and sometimes come with the risk of itchiness, redness, swelling, or irritation.
LasersTargeted laser therapy is a quick way to treat age spots. The lasers remove layers of skin until undamaged skin rises to the surface. Lasers essentially kill the melanin-producing cells to make the spots appear lighter. Similar to creams, lasers can also cause itchiness, redness, swelling, or irritation.
Cryotherapy (Freezing)Cryotherapy destroys extra pigment in the skin by exposure to freezing temperatures in the skin's targeted areas. This method is fast. However, there is a risk of scarring because the skin must heal itself from where the cryotherapy was administered.
Dermabrasion / Micro-abrasionDermabrasion and micro-abrasion work using a spinning Dremel to remove the skin's surface down to the layer of pigmented skin. From there, a doctor will remove the pigmented skin with the Dremel until the color is gone. The most common risks of any kind of abrasive therapy include scarring, infections, and swelling.
What is the fastest way to get rid of age spots?
The best things for our bodies are typically what we find in nature. Not anything made in a lab. That is why it is essential to focus on using natural ingredients whenever it comes to your health—including your skin's health.
Here are some natural ingredients to look for when selecting a product to help with age spots:
Vitamin E helps to reduce age spots and also fights against dark circles under your eyes. It brightens and tightens the skin, making your skin look and feel younger and healthier. A great product containing Vitamin E and other natural ingredients is VITAMAN's i-zone: Eye Serum for Dark Circles.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel helps regenerate skin cells and repair damage caused by the sun. Aloe is found in our all-natural men's face moisturizer and will help heal and protect your skin from the sun when used daily.
Vitamin C is almost as effective as chemical peels and lasers for age spot removal but without adverse side effects. It heals sun-damaged skin, is a powerful antioxidant and reduces the number of sunburned cells. It helps treat men's age spots quickly and effectively.
Apply a small amount of our Vitamin C Face Serum nightly to start seeing serious results for yourself.