Treatment of Age Spots
Sunlight contains ultraviolet rays that cause suntans and burns. Over exposure to sun can cause excessive pigment to be deposited in the skin. This can lead to the formation of flat, brown skin lesions known as “age spots”. Also known as “liver spots” or “sun spots”, they commonly appear on the backs of the hands, on the face and along the shoulders – anywhere that people have had significant sun exposure.

There are several treatments for age spots. They include:

* Over-the-counter skin-bleaching creams containing hydroquinone.
* Liquid nitrogen treatments. The doctor coats the affected area with liquid nitrogen; in a few days the age spots simply peel off.
* Laser light treatment. Pulses of laser light can be used to fade the spots.
* Trichloroacetic acid chemical peel (TCA). When applied the peel removes the top layer of skin, along with the age spots.
* Retin-A peel. This is a prescription cream that when applied, will gradually remove the age spots. Finally, the best way to treat and prevent age spots is to minimize sun exposure. Sunlight can make age spots appear darker and more prominent. When going into the sun, try to wear a sun block that has an SPF of at least 15, and wear a long-sleeved clothes and hat whenever you're outdoors.

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