Age spots are not life-threatening, but they still can have negative effects. The skin is the body’s largest organ. How your skin looks is the first thing you see when you look in the mirror.
It is also the first thing other people see when they look at you. The truth is new studies show your own self-esteem is greatly affected by the appearance of your skin.
This is not about impressing others, but about how your appearance can make you feel on the inside. When you feel that you look your best you will project confidence and experience better overall emotional health.
This is not just opinions. Psychodermatology while relatively new in the U.S. is a well-established field in Europe. The link between skin and psychology is explained in this article by the American Psychological Association (APA) Harvard has also published studies on this.
This does not mean something is wrong with you or you have to seek out a mental health professional. It only illustrates the connection between good skin and self-esteem is real, and a common problem for most.
Good Skin Does Make You Feel Attractive
It’s difficult to feel attractive without having healthy good looking skin. Even if you put on heavy makeup each day and look pretty on the outside, you’ll know that underneath your skin isn’t its best. Relying on cosmetics to cover up skin problems is not the solution.
Although you can’t stop the sands of time or avoid having an unsightly age spot appear, you can control skin damage and try to slow down the signs of aging. By making the right choices when it comes to skin care, you can look good and feel good about yourself.
What Are Age Spots?
Have you noticed a cluster of tan spots on your skin? Have the spots appeared over time, and potentially with age? If you answered yes to these questions, you’re most likely experiencing age spots. The spots also called lentigines, lentigos, sun, or liver spots, are sharply defined, rounded, brown or black, flat patches of skin.
The flat, tan or brown spots that appear on the skin are the result of excess production of melanin, or skin pigment. The name “age spots” perfectly describes these small dots on the skin, as they’re most common in older adults. However, anyone at any age is susceptible to developing them.
Where Do Age Spots Form?
You’re most likely to develop these spots on areas of your body that are commonly exposed to the sun. While this may look different for each patient, the most common areas known for developing age spots are the:
Who Is At Risk For Age Spots?
Over the years of examining patients of all ages, Dermatologists found common risk factors in a large majority of our age spot cases. Those who develop age spots fall into one or more of the following categories:
- Patients over the age of 40
- Fair-skinned individuals
- People with a history of frequent sun exposure
- People with a history of frequent tanning
Why Treat Age Spots
Physical, emotional and social reasons for treating age spots include:
- Improved appearance.
- Enhanced self-esteem.
- Promotion of better skin health.
Studies have shown that improving your skin has benefits beyond an improved appearance. You can also experience a boost in self-esteem through dealing with and slowing down the aging process.
While it is true that what matters most is what is on the inside of a person; matters of vanity are hardly trivial. Problems with our outward appearance can lead to problems in just about every area of our lives. Skin problems can affect how we feel about ourselves and in turn, how others perceive us.
What You Can Do To Get Rid Of Age Spots
Most of us do not have the means to spend thousands of dollars on dermatologists but topical creams are a great place to start. A good quality skin cream that can make spots disappear. However you do need to be aware of the harsh chemicals and bleaching agents used in some creams.
Most doctors now recommend staying away from Hydroquinone, which is now banned in many countries due to its toxic effects. Alpha-Arbutin is now accepted as a safer and better alternative that works as well as the more toxic chemicals.