How to Address Sun Spots on Your Chest
Although we love being outside during the summer, soaking up too much sun, especially without proper SPF, can cause harm to your skin. And we’re not just talking about painful sunburns. There are certain skin concerns that can arise years after too much sun exposure, including sun spots, also known as liver spots or age spots. While these marks on your skin resemble freckles, they’re actually a sign of sun damage and are commonly found on the chest. To help you address sun spots, we’re sharing a few tips, ahead.
What Are Sun Spots?
According to the Mayo Clinic, sun spots (which are also known as solar lentigo) are a circular discoloration of the skin that is typically brown. While the mark resembles a freckle, a sun spot will be flat and occur in areas where you’ve had a lot of sun exposure, such as your face, chest, hands, shoulders and arms. These spots are most common amongst adults over 50, but they can appear at any point.
What Causes Sun Spots on the Chest?
“Age spots are caused by overactive pigment cells,” writes The Mayo Clinic. “Ultraviolet (UV) light speeds up the production of melanin, a natural pigment that gives skin its color.” While applying sunscreen religiously is key to protecting your skin, sun spots can occur even if you’re extremely diligent. The aging process also plays a role. Cleveland Clinic explains that as we age, our epidermis gets thinner (think: wrinkles, sagging, age spots) and becomes more susceptible to external factors.
How to Prevent Sun Spots on the Chest
The best way to prevent sun spots, according to The Mayo Clinic, is to apply a broad-spectrum SPF every day and reapply every two hours. It also suggests covering up exposed skin, avoiding the sun during peak hours and seeking shade whenever possible.
How to Reduce the Appearance of Sun Spots
Tip #1: Incorporate Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a great antioxidant and can help to neutralize free radicals and brighten your complexion. We love SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, which is owned by our parent company, L’Oréal. It’s proven to reduce damage from the sun’s rays and ozone pollution while also improving signs of aging and photodamage.
Tip #2: Try Using an Alpha-Hydroxy Acid
Alpha-hydroxy acids can be found in over-the-counter skin-care products, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives Pure Glycolic Acid Serum. And, according to The Cleveland Clinic, the compound has been known to aid in reducing the look of fine lines and sun spots. To allow your skin to get used to the ingredient, use it every other day until your skin’s resistance builds up to everyday use. Remember that products with alpha-hydroxy acids can make skin more sensitive to light, so it’s crucial to practice sun-protection measures.
Tip #3: Consult with Your Dermatologist
Whether you’re interested in lightening creams, intense pulsed light (IPL) skin lasers, microdermabrasion, chemical peeling or prescriptions, make sure to talk about your options with a board-certified dermatologist.