5 Facts about Sun Spots
There a few truths about sun spots, like how you don’t want them and the best way to prevent them is by wearing sunscreen. There are other truths you may now be aware about, so here are 5 other facts you need to know to prevent and treat these spots.
- Sun spots are a common skin condition usually found on sun exposed areas like the face, backs of hands and forearms. You can catch them before they surface by using a brightening complex and exfoliating once a week. However, if they have surfaced, it’s better to treat them sooner than later. Your best bet is to begin using retinol at night within six months of seeing a sun spot or using BBL to effectively remove them with a single treatment.
- Sunspots are not cancerous; however, they can turn into skin cancer (squamous cell carcinoma).
- Sun spots effect people with fair skin more than people with dark skin. In fact, more than 90 percent of light-skinned people over the age of 60 have sun-related age spots [source: Mayo Clinic].
- Sunspots are not freckles. They may look similar but are two different things. The best way to determine if you have sunspots is to see your doctor.
- Sunspots are caused by direct, prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays or from artificial sources of ultraviolet rays, like from a tanning bed.