What are sunspots? Satori Laser tells our clients to use protection against the sun. Sunspots occur when you have too much exposure to the sun! The sunspots can be darker or lighter than your normal skin tone and can occur in different shapes and colors. They usually occur on areas of the skin that get regularly exposed to sun, and particularly appear on your nose, cheeks, upper lip, ears, forehead, neck, arms, back of your hands. They might look like raised warts and cause slight itching. They may also look like scaly or rough skin lesion, and sometimes can be flat even.
Are skin sunspots the same as freckles? No, Freckles and Sunspots may look similar but are two different things. The sunspots are normally harmless and can occur at any age. They are caused by over exposure to the sun. Freckles, on the other hand, are tiny brownish spots on the human skin that occur in the case of those people who have the fair complexion and usually occur on the face.
Causes of skin sun spots? The sunspots on your skin, the so-called solar lentigines, are caused by direct, prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays or from artificial sources of ultraviolet rays, like from a tanning bed. The people with lighter skin are more likely to get sunspots skin. Some people have sun allergies, which then can cause sunspots skin from being in sun for any length of time. And in some cases, some people’s body produce an increased amount of melanin, which is responsible for developing darker areas on their skin. Another factor responsible for sunspots on the skin is sunburn.
As overexposure to the sun is the most common culprit, so obviously limiting your exposure to the sun is the best way to prevent skin sun spots. As your arms, hands, face, neck and shoulders are regularly exposed to the sun, so keeping covered these areas will certainly prevent skin sunspots. If you don’t want to use shade or umbrella, then the other ways to prevent sunspots skin are:
(i) Use sunscreen protection: Fifteen minutes before you head outside, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 every day to ensure that your skin is guarded against harmful UVA and UVB rays. Use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 when the sun rays are very harsh on your skin between 10 am and 4 pm, as at that time the sun is at its hottest. Invest in good quality sun blocks with enough SPF levels to protect your skin from further sun damage to the skin. Do not solely depend on moisturizers, foundations, and cosmetics that contain sunscreen. In spite of all these, you still need to use sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun.
(ii) If you stay in the car too much, you are likely to get more of UVB rays, which are responsible for skin sunspots. On the other hand, UVA rays cause sunburns. So to prevent skin sun spots, consider installing an anti-UVB coating on your car’s windows.
(iii) Avoid using tanning booths.
Satori Laser uses eTwo to remove sunspots for our clients. So if this is something that you would be interested in, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation!