There are many forms of blemishes. They can be caused by over production of pigment due to pimples, sun damage or hormonal imbalance. However, age spots are linked direct to sun damage and ageing skin.
The Pond’s Institute discovered that one of the main signs of ageing is the appearance of age spots. And if your skin has blemishes due to sun damage, age spots can appear prematurely. In some cases, age spots can appear on sun-damaged skin even before the other signs of ageing.
We asked the experts to shed some light on this.
Age spots, also known as liver spots, can develop from blemishes that appear due to sun damage. Deep in our skin’s layers, the amount and distribution of melanin becomes inconsistent as we age. Repeated exposure to UV rays can cause blemishes and hyperpigmentation in the skin. And these accumulate to form age spots as we grow older.
It all depends on your skin. In some skin types, age spots can appear as you reach your 30s or early 40s. In some cases, your skin may even develop age spots without showing any other signs of ageing. If you have blemishes due to sun damage, age spots are more likely to appear.
Age spots can have a range of colour — brown, yellow, or even just mild discolouration. They grow to about 0.2 to 1 cm across, and can accumulate to cover a larger area. Age spots usually appear on the face, hand and arms.
Prevent their formation from the inside so they don’t show on the outside. Age spots are mostly caused by sun damage so using skin creams with sun protection can help. But if you’ve already spotted them on your face, there are several solutions that can help you reduce their appearance.
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