Sunspots, technically called solar lentigines, are caused when skin is exposed to the sun and show up as flat brown spots that are often mistaken for freckles or moles. Though sunspots can occur any time during the year, they are more common during the summer months due to the increased intensity of the sun and increased outdoor activity for the season. Sunspots can prematurely age the skin, and it’s likely that if you have gotten enough exposure to cause these spots, your skin is also developing other symptoms like wrinkling. Though sunspots are not technically dangerous, they can mimic cancerous lesions, and it can often be difficult to tell the difference between a harmless sunspot and potentially cancerous tissue. So how do you prevent sun spots without completely avoiding the sun this summer?
How Can You Avoid Sun Spots This Summer?
The best way to avoid sunspots is to stay out of the sun during the peak hours of the early to late afternoon. Try to schedule outdoor events for the morning or early evening hours to avoid the strongest rays of the sun. If you do need to spend time outdoors during these times, wear a hat and sunglasses, and consider carrying an umbrella or having some other form of shade. Regardless of the time you go outside, you should wear an SPF of at least 30 every day. Even if the day is cloudy, some UV rays will still come through and can damage your skin. In addition to your face, apply SPF to your neck and other exposed skin on your arms, hands, legs, and shoulders. Though all sun damage is not preventable, you can minimize it by taking these easy steps.
Keeping the skin cool after sun exposure may also reduce melanin activity and prevent some sun spots from forming. If you’ve been out in the sun and your skin feels overheated, apply a cold, wet washcloth, an ice pack, or a cooling mask to bring the temperature down. Not only does this help your skin, but it also feels amazing! You should continue to use your skin care products that contain retinol or AHA acids. Some individuals make the mistake of discontinuing these during the summer months because they make their skin more sensitive to the sun. However, if you are diligent about SPF and limiting your sun exposure, these can be powerful tools in preventing sun spots all season long.
How Can You Treat Sun Spots You Already Have?
It’s likely that you already have some sun spots on your face, neck, and chest. These will get darker each time they are exposed to sunlight. If you want to reduce the appearance of the sunspots you have, Aria DermSpa has some effective options. Skin rejuvenation treatments like chemical peels and microneedling can help trigger the skin’s healing process, stimulate collagen, and remove outer layers of skin that show the most damage from the sun. Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL) and laser resurfacing treatments can also help reduce numerous signs of aging including sun spots and reveal younger, more supple skin. When you meet with the knowledgeable staff at Aria DermSpa, you can find out about the numerous treatments available to treat various signs of aging and unveil glowing skin.
Scheduling a Consultation with Aria
Not sure which treatment would be best for you or interested in learning more about what’s available? When you schedule a consultation with the staff at Aria, you can find out more about all that’s available. Many of these treatments can be used on areas of the body other than the face as well. If you have other areas of concern, such as fine lines and wrinkles, excess fat under the chin, or pockets of fat that do not respond to diet or exercise, other treatments may be suggested as well.
Looking forward to the summer months but concerned about what the rays will do your skin? Keep up with SPF and your normal skincare routine during the summer months and try to stay out of the sun during the hottest hours of the day. However, if you do find you have developed sunspots, there are ways to reduce their appearance. Contact Aria DermSpa today for more information!