8 Things You Never Knew About ‘Age’ Spots
It’s a Skin Condition
Whether you call them age spots, dark spots, liver spots, or melasma, they’re virtually the same thing! The actual term for this skin condition is hyperpigmentation (excess melanin in the epidermis).
Several Things Can Cause Dark Spots
Yes, many people call them ‘age’ spots, but the truth of the matter is, these age spots are a result of various damage and trauma that have occurred to the skin and accumulated over time. So, technically they are age spots since you accumulate wear and tear on your skin as you age and will likely encounter many of the things that trigger hyperpigmentation. Dark spots can be due to excess sun exposure, hormones, pregnancy, acne, skin injury, or genetics.
People With Darker Skin Tones Are More Prone to Hyperpigmentation
This is true! The reason is, that people with darker skin have larger melanosomes (cellular sites where melanin gets synthesized).
Bleaching Creams Don’t Work on All Dark Spots
If your dark spot is elevated or rough, it is likely due to a skin injury and will not fade using a topical cream. Your only hope to diminish their appearance is through laser treatments.
Laser Treatments Don’t Work on All Dark Spots
If your skin tone is light and you have light brown spots, laser treatments may not be your answer to getting rid of them. Lasers work best on deeper pigmented spots.
Exfoliating Can Treat Dark Spots or Cause Them!
People with mild cases of hyperpigmentation can use a gentle scrub to slough off dead skin cells, and effectively remove the spots. However, be careful! If you are too vigorous or use a product that is too abrasive, you could set off inflammation and incur more dark spots than before!
There’s a Difference Between Acne Spots & Sun Spots
Acne spots are essentially scars, and they tend to be textured spots, whereas sun spots are flat.
You Can Get Dark Spots Anywhere
The reason why dark spots appear mostly on your face and chest is because those are the body parts most exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. But yes, they can appear anywhere on your body.
Note: If you see them under your armpits, this could be bacteria reacting to the aluminum in your deodorant.