Age Spots: How to Prevent & Treat Them

Age spots on your face or body tend to make you look older than you are. However, if you're over 50, you likely have some which are entirely normal.

Age spots are a sign of sun damage, and they can be very frustrating when you're trying to look good.

The good news is that age spots on the hands and face don't go deep into the skin so that they can be treated with some easy-to-do measures - things you can do on your own at home.

Here are some steps you can take to both prevent and treat age spots:

1. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30+ when you're going to be outside for a while. Apply it every two hours when you're outside.

2. Reduce your chance of developing age spots by putting on sunscreen before you go outside, even for just a few minutes, whether it's cloudy or sunny.

3. Keep your skin moisturized with a quality moisturizer that contains sunscreen when you're not going outside for an extended period.

4. Don't get sunburned, which will only exacerbate your age spots later in life. This tip is an important one!

5. If you're not sure if your age spots are getting darker, see your dermatologist for advice on what to do.

6. If you're worried about age spots, your dermatologist can perform a variety of treatments to reduce their appearance and slow their growth.

As we age, the greater the chances of noticing age spots. But the good news is, if you don't have them yet, you can follow these steps to protect your skin and prevent them in the future. Protecting your skin is key!

Another good news is that age spots on the face or hands can be treated with various treatments from your dermatologist, as mentioned. If you have any other questions, see your dermatologist for advice.

Just remember: You should always protect your skin with sunscreen and moisturize