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Age Spots — Why They Develop and How to Get Rid of Them

As we get older, we can develop unwelcome dark spots on our face, the back of our hands, our forearms, and our shoulders. These spots, commonly called age spots, liver spots, or sunspots, can make us feel self-conscious and much older than we are. 

At Professional Aesthetics and Wellness Center, Richard J. Dittrich, DO, FACOG offers a wide range of aesthetic services to help rejuvenate your skin and boost your confidence. Here he answers a few frequently asked questions about age spots: why they form, and what you can do about them.  

What causes age spots?

Melanin is a substance that gives your skin color. When your body gets too much sunlight, it amps up the production of melanin to protect you from UV rays. When the melanin gathers together under your skin, age spots form.

Am I at risk of getting age spots?

Anyone can develop age spots at any time, but there are a few factors that increase your risk:

You can get individual age spots, or they can develop in clusters or packs.

Are age spots dangerous?

Not at all. Age spots are completely painless and harmless, but you’ll still want to have them looked at as part of your regular skin checks with your dermatologist. This is because melanoma skin cancer can often look like an age spot.

How are age spots treated?

At Professional Aesthetics and Wellness Center, we can help you get rid of age spots and other signs of sun damage with an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacial. The FDA-approved technology heats up and eradicates dark brown spots by drawing them to the surface of your skin where they dry and flake off in about a week. If you have any issues with rosacea, irregular pigmentation, or acne scars, IPL Photofacials help with those skin concerns as well. 

Besides, IPL Photorejuvenation triggers collagen production, which gives your skin a youthful glow. 

A second popular way to destroy age spots is with a chemical peel. Our team offers this deep exfoliation treatment to improve the quality and tone of your skin. Your chemical peel treatments are customized according to your skin type and your specific skin concerns. 

Get rid of sunspots and enhance your overall appearance at one of our two convenient locations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, or Vorhees, New Jersey. Call to schedule your appointment or request an appointment online.

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