Out Damn’d Spot! Out I Say!

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Old and wrinkly is not something that anyone really aspires to “be” in the early stages of their life.  We all know that aging is inevitable and yet we seem to fight it, kicking and screaming, until one day it just hits you in the face and you realize that you’ve gotten older, and it shows.

If your skin was to tell its story to a dermatologist, would it say something like this?  “I’m mourning the loss of my youth, but I didn’t get this way overnight. There’s more to me than just the age spots and sagging skin you see in front of you.  Between smoking, suntanning and occasionally getting washed with a bar of soap, it’s no wonder I’m damaged deep below the surface.  I feel hurt from years of neglect.”  Kinda sad, isn’t it?

The good news is that there is hope and help and a chance to reverse some of the signs of aging.  The most important thing to keep in mind is that results will not happen overnight, nor in a few weeks’ time.  If you want to see real results from any new skincare product or treatment, you must give it six weeks to three months to work.  You can’t reverse years of damage in just a few days.  It simply won’t happen.

Age spots are a common problem for many people and are the result of hyper pigmentation in the skin and have nothing to do with age, per se.  They are also referred to as liver spots or sun spots.  Our body releases melanin in order to protect the skin from the sun’s rays, but after time, this melanin pigment can form deposits and become what we refer to as age spots.

Some skin lightening creams that contain AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) may help reduce the appearance of age spots, but ultimately, they don’t get to the deeper layers of the skin where the damage has occurred.  The most effective removal treatments include laser or intense pulse light treatments, as well as liquid nitrogen, which “burns” the spots off.

Most people with age spots notice that the majority of them appear on their face and hands, which are the most commonly exposed body parts.  While you cannot assume that age spots are or are not cancerous, any changes to the size or shape of the spots should be reviewed by your doctor or a dermatologist.

For this article, we consulted Ildiko, the Owner of Femme & Homme Boutique Spa.  Ildiko has brought her passion for skin care to the Fraser Valley with over 36 years of aesthetics experience.  Femme & Homme offers both Essential and Clinical Skin Care Treatments for their clients.


Contributor: Chrissy Lambert

Chrissy Lambert is a freelance Makeup Artist and owner of Makeup Infusion. She is a proud Auntie of two adorable nieces and loves a night out “on the town” as much as a quiet night at home.

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