Brown Spots & Sun Damage
Brown spots (more commonly known as age spots), are a form of hyperpigmentation, solar lentigines, or liver spots, and can actually appear at any age. Most often, they occur when our skin suffers from prolonged exposure to harsh Sun Rays or the UV Light generally used in tanning beds. Even though brown spots are not life-threatening, they can become a major source of embarrassment for many around the world. In fact, almost every person will suffer from brown spots or sun damage at some point or another during their lifetime.
Dr. Ariel Ostad is a leading dermatologist based in New York, and has effectively treated people with brown spots for years. We’ve included some great information about them below.
Symptoms of brown spots
The appearance of brown spots tends to vary from light brown to dark brown. They typically have the same texture as the skin around them, and are generally painless. Brown spots are most commonly found in the following areas:
- On The Back Of The Hands
What causes brown spots?
The major cause of most dark or brown spots is the over production of melanin. Here are some of the most common causes of brown spots:
Sun damage – Both sun and artificial light sources such as tanning beds, are among the most common causes of most brown spots.
Skin conditions – There are several skin conditions, including melasma, linea nigra, chloasma, and more that may be the potential causes behind most dark spots.
Medications – Certain medications may also result in the formation of brown spots.
Those causes, while often times the most common reasons behind the formation of most browns spots, are not the only causes. Hormonal changes and liver disease can also cause the formation of brown spots on your skin as well. It’s important to seek medical advice immediately if you notice the sudden formation of brown or other spots on your body that you’re unfamiliar with.
Treatments for brown spots or sun damage
When it comes to treating brown spots or sun damage, Dr. Ariel Ostad customizes treatment plans for every client to help generate the best results. Laser treatments for example, are widely considered to be among the best treatment options for people with brown spots.
Laser treatment – After you’ve had your initial consultation, Dr. Ariel Ostad may recommend a laser treatment to help you get rid of your brown spots. These treatments usually require between 1-6 sessions to remove those brown spots. The total number of treatment sessions greatly depends on the severity of the dark spots and various other factors. During these treatment sessions, a focused beam of light is used, which is absorbed by dark spots on the skin. As a result of those laser treatments, those brown spots will eventually burn off completely.
Frequently asked questions about brown spots or aging spots
What are brown spots? – Brown spots can actually vary in color at times. These spots may sometimes appear to be more black, brown, or grey looking on your skin. The variance in color may occur due to prolonged sun exposure and the advanced age of the individual. Brown spots are sometimes also known as liver spots, solar lentigo, or age spots. These spots will generally appear on your face, back, shoulder, or the back of your hand.
Who is more prone to get brown spots? – Typically, brown spots may begin to appear in people aged 50 and over. It’s around that age that these spots tend to become much more prominent (even if they had already been forming slowly for a few years prior). Additionally, people with a fair complexion are more likely to get brown spots than people with a darker complexion.
Are brown spots preventable? – Yes, you can prevent brown spots. To do so however, you must wear sunscreen daily when you’re exposed to the sun outside for prolonged periods of time. You should also be mindful to keep the following tips in mind:
- Keep yourself cool at all times :- Whether it’s through hydration, or wearing a hat and sunglasses. Keeping your body cool can keep you from sweating too much. This in turn helps your skin stay cooler and can help you avoid brown spots from forming over time.
- Wear a shirt and pants/shorts at all times. When you’re outside in the sun for a prolonged period of time, having your body protected is essential. It’s hard to expect anyone to wear long sleeved shirts or long pants when it’s hot out. However, covering any exposed areas (arms, legs, hands, face, neck, etc) with sunscreen lotion can compensate for that. Coverage can definitely help you avoid getting brown spots.
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