Your skin has a love-hate relationship with the sun. Sunspots are a tell-tale sign that there’s trouble in paradise and a blemish on your overall aesthetic. When a little too much time in the sun has you looking more blotchy than bronzed, it’s time to invest in the treatment only our experts can provide.
At Easton Dermatology Associates, our team of doctors and physician’s assistants values healthy skin as well as beautiful skin. That’s why we’ve dedicated our practice to treating all of your skin issues, including sunspots.
The sun and your skin
Ever since you were a kid, you’ve heard the mantra to put on sunscreen and protect your skin from the sun. The truth is sunlight offers tons of health benefits in moderation. For example, when the sun beats down on your skin, you produce vitamin D. This vitamin is vital to normal bone function.
On the other hand, too much fun in the sun can result in overexposure to UV radiation, which burns your skin and can result in premature signs of aging like wrinkles. In the worst cases, you can even develop skin cancer.
The sun’s rays also cause changes to your pigment, which you know as sunspots. The UV radiation penetrates past the other layers of your skin and ramps up your production of melanin, resulting in those annoying sunspots.
The skinny on sunspots
Sunspots, also known as liver spots, solar lentigines, and age spots, are flat, small, tan or brown spots that form on your skin. You’ll notice them on the places on your body that get the most sunlight like your face, hands, shoulders, and arms.
These small blemishes are fortunately only harmful to your cosmetic goals and are not cancerous. See one of our providers if you notice spots that grow rapidly in size, are itchy, are darkly colored, or have irregular borders. These are possible signs of a serious type of skin cancer called melanoma.
Getting rid of your sunspots
Once you’ve ruled out a health-threatening condition with one of our experts, you can start getting rid of your sunspots.
There are some mildly effective at-home treatments for sunspots, including aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, black and green tea, and vitamins C and E. When those aren’t enough, we offer the best laser resurfacing treatments.
We’re proud to offer our patients the power of the minimally invasive Icon™ Aesthetic System by Cynosure®. This system uses medical-grade lasers to direct light energy into your skin and break up the irregular pigmentation causing your sunspots. Your body eventually processes and removes the microscopic particles of pigment, leaving behind flawless, evenly toned skin.
As if banishing your sunspots isn’t enough, it also stimulates your body’s natural ability to produce collagen, tightening your skin and restoring its youthful appearance.
The process itself is virtually painless. You might feel a mild snapping sensation on your skin, but it’s otherwise tolerable. Treatment can last anywhere from 15-90 minutes depending on where you’re receiving treatment and how extensive your skin damage is.
If you’re ready to get back on speaking terms with the sun and watch your sunspots disappear, look no further than our state-of-the-art technology.
Have more questions? Want to get started with a consultation? Call our friendly staff, or schedule an appointment online today.