How to both reverse and prevent age spots on hands!
How did these get here? You may be wondering. Well, it may not be from your vacation over the winter, or even what you did last summer, these “age spots” or solar lentigos are really a product of sun exposure and possible sun burns that occurred from childhood and young adulthood. To prevent further development and help fade the spots present daily sunscreen with minimum SPF 30 uva/uvb spectrum is necessary. Using a retinoid topically can long-term prevent the formation and help to fade marks that are already present. In my practice I am using the Fraxel to help treat these “sun spots” on the face, neck, chest, arms, shoulders, upper back, and backs of the hands. The Fraxel is a resurfacing laser with minimal downtime, and patients have the ability to cover the areas treated with make-up shortly after a treatment. This laser takes 2-5 sessions depending on the extent of sun damage present, but the results are incomparable to any other laser that I have seen.
Tips: Keep sunscreen in your car, possibly a spray for the backs of your hands, or you can invest in a pair of SPF driving gloves that you keep in the car. When we are driving the windshield does not eliminate all the harmful rays from the sun so protect your hands. And if you are active with outdoor sports (tennis, jogging, etc.) apply sunscreen to the backs of your hands and reapply every 2 hours. At night put a small amount of retinoic acid containing cream to the backs of your hands, neck and chest and face to help rejuvenate the skin.