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Please tell me, could a 17 year old have sun spots/age spots?

Please tell me, could a 17 year old have sun spots/age spots?

Yes: I have seen freckles in toddlers and these are "sun spots" from sun exposure. If your skin is prone to this already at your age, you need to be obsessive about putting on sun screen daily to all exposed skin or covering it up. Avoid mid-day sun if possible. ...Read more

Age Spots (Definition)

Age or liver spots typically refer to a skin lesion known as a solar lentigo. Typically this is flat, larger than normal freckles and contains darker pigmentation. Other age spots may refer to seborrheic keratoses that are dark, slightly elevated and are described as looking like grease paint. Both of these lesions are generally benign but evaluation by a ...Read more


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Could a 17 yr old have sun spots/age spots?

Sun spots: Excessive sun exposure can cause spots on exposed areas. Pityriasis alba is hypopigmented spots on face from sun exposure. Important to use sun screen ...Read more

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Are age spots the same as sun spots? Are age spots and sun spots the same thing? If not, what is the difference between the two? .

Are age spots the same as sun spots? Are age spots and sun spots the same thing?  If not, what is the difference between the two?

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Age spots/ sun spots: These are different words to describe the same skin condition. They are also known as liver spots or solar lentigines. Caused by exposure to uv rays, these flat brown, gray or black "spots" tend to occur on the face, arms, hands, upper back and scalp. Those with fair skin complexion, who burn easily are most susceptible. Prevention is best, with sunscreen, hats, sunglasses your key strategies. ...Read more

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Are age spots the same as sun spots? Are age spots and sun spots the same thing? If not, what is the difference between the two? .

Age spots/ sun spots: These are different words to describe the same skin condition. They are also known as liver spots or solar lentigines. Caused by exposure to ultraviolet light, these flat brown, gray or black "spots" tend to occur on the face, arms, hands, back and scalp. Those with fair skin complexion, who burn easily are most susceptible. Prevention is best, with sunscreen, hats, sunglasses your key strategies. ...Read more

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Are there any laser skin treatments for age spots? I'm looking for a way to get rid of the dark spots on my face for good. I stay out of the sun and exfoliate regularly, but nothing seems to help. I don't want a temporary solution. Would laser skin treatm

Are there any laser skin treatments for age spots? I'm looking for a way to get rid of the dark spots on my face for good. I stay out of the sun and exfoliate regularly, but nothing seems to help. I don't want a temporary solution. Would laser skin treatm

Yes: Intense pulsed light (ipl) is a quick and effective way to fade unwanted skin pigment with little downtime. Permanent removal of unwanted skin pigment is much more difficult without permanently affecting the rest of your skin's natural skin color. Ipl followed by good skin care, sun protection and use of hydroquinone can extend the results of treatment but periodic touch-ups will be necessary. ...Read more

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Can i prevent my age spots from getting any worse? I have recently began seeing age spots worsening on my face and hands. I know that this is due to many years in the sun and i now wear sunscreen every time i will be outside for an extended period of time

Can i prevent my age spots from getting any worse? I have recently began seeing age spots worsening on my face and hands. I know that this is due to many years in the sun and i now wear sunscreen every time i will be outside for an extended period of time

I : I would recommend you apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least spf 30 every day. In addition, consider using a combination of tretinoin cream with hydroquinone (prescribed by your dermatologist) or a facial system such as obagi which helps blend in discoloration of the skin. Another option would be to have a few of the darker age spots treated lightly with liquid nitrogen which can peel off the surface pigment or consider an intense pulsed light laser treatment. But most important, wear your sunscreen every day! ...Read more

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Do age spots darken?

Possibly: Yes they can but you must consult a doctor to make sure it is not undergoing a malignant change. ...Read more

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Medicine for age spots?

Medicine for age spots?

There is none: Lasers can work well for some of these. Something called Levulinic Acid applied to the skin and followed by blue light or IPL can also work very well to remove certain of them, even precancerous lesions. You should see a dermatologist, preferably one with some cosmetic practice. ...Read more

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How can I fade age spots?

How can I fade age spots?

Several options: Lightening brown spots can be done with topical lightening creams such as a hydroquinone or with ipl (intense pulses light) treatments. Both of these will reduce brown pigments and create a more uniform complexion. It is important to see a physician for an examination of the spots before proceeding. Good luck. ...Read more