How can I prevent the appearance of age spots that darken with time?
Did you know?
“Age spots”, also called “lentigines” (the plural of “lentigo”), are brown formations without any texture that appear on the surface of the skin.
Each lentigo is caused by a dysfunction of the melanocytes, those cells responsible for the production of a brown pigment called melanin. These cells protect the skin from damaging UV rays by producing and distributing melanin, which “colours” the skin. This normally progressive process produces a tan. However, when the process is sudden or repeated, pigment spots appear.
Lentigines are a consequence of ageing, repeated sun exposure and UV aggressions, in particular from UVA rays. These UV rays penetrate the skin deeply and they are present all year long, whether the weather is hot or not.
Age spots appear mostly on the areas that are most exposed such as the hands, the face and the décolleté.
The best way to fight these spots is to prevent them from forming by protecting your skin from UV rays on a daily basis, and especially when you’re exposed to sunlight.
Your dermatologist can also minimise any spots that are already there with procedures such as a laser treatment or peeling.
What to do:
The best way to fight these spots is to prevent them from forming. Limit lengthy sun exposure and choose a daily skin care product that contains a protective sunscreen against UVA and UVB rays, with a texture that is suitable for your skin type.
To minimise any age spots that have already formed, you can exfoliate the skin regularly in order to stimulate cellular renewal in the epidermis and eliminate the excess melanin in the skin. Some skin care products are also specifically designed to minimise age spots. Ask your pharmacist for advice.