Spot the Difference: On Brown, Age, and Sun Spots

Here at our Phoenix dermatology practice, one of the most common skin care concerns we get from men and women alike is the appearance of flat,brown spots. Although it may look like freckles at first, these brown spots are actually not as sexy-looking as those freckles seen in models. So how exactly can one get rid of these spots?

What Causes Age Spots?

On a whole, the main cause of age spots has to do with overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation which in turns accelerates the production of the melanin, the pigment responsible for the spots. It doesn’t really matter whether the UV exposure is from the sun or tanning beds; your risk of developing those brownish pigments is still the same.

Apart from overexposure to sun, other factors that could influence the formation of age spots include genetics, poor skin care habits, lack of exercise, and consumption of highly processed food sources, particularly those that are rich in trans-fats.

Treatment of Age Spots in Phoenix, Arizona

Although bleaching creams and similar at-home treatments may work for some people, the most effective way to reduce the appearance of age spots is via laser treatments and cryotherapy. It is also best to revamp your lifestyle and exercise preventive measures as much as possible.

Finding a Qualified Dermatologist in Phoenix For Age Spots

Here at our Phoenix dermatology practice, our resident dermatologic surgeon Dr. Toni Stockton is an expert in a wide variety of skin conditions — from monitoring moles, treating skin cancer, eczema, and psoriasis to using dermal fillers, lasers, and radiofrequency to rejuvenate our aging skin.

Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stockton! Call us at 480-610-6366 or fill out this contact form. We look forward to your visit!

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