Age spots may be unsightly, but there are some effective ways to diminish them.
Over time, you’ll likely develop age spots, whether you like it or note. Age spots, sometimes called liver spots or solar lentigo, affect more than 3 million people in the United States. They appear as small, flat tan to black spots on the skin.
They tend to be most common in people over the age of 50, but can appear in younger people—especially if they spend a lot of time in the sun. Unlike freckles, they don’t fade on their own. Fortunately, there are some strategies that can help you get rid of them.
Removing Age Spots
First, you should take measures to prevent getting additional age spots, and to prevent your existing age spots from getting any worse. Try to avoid sun exposure during peak hours, usually between 10 am and 2 pm, and apply sunscreen whenever you’re outside.
Aside from that, there are a few approaches you can try:
- Prescription medications. Certain medications may reduce the appearance of age spots. For example, bleaching creams and retinoids can get rid of most mild- to moderate-level age spots. Steroids may also be recommended by your dermatologist. Either way, you may experience burning, dryness, or itching as a side effect.
- CC Serum. Our signature CC Serum, with vitamin C and citrus stem cells, is designed to minimize the appearance of age spots, as well as fine lines and wrinkles. All you need to do is gently massage the formula into the area of your skin that’s most affected.
- Freezing. If your age spots are severe, or if you’re eager to remove them permanently, you may be able to freeze them. Talk to your dermatologist, and they may recommend a chemical freezing agent to freeze your age spot off completely. Be aware that there’s a slight risk of scarring or discoloration with this method.
- Makeup. Some people apply makeup on a daily basis to cover up their age