liver spots or age spots
& Sun Damage treatment
& Sun Damage
Hyperpigmentation such as sun damage or darkening of the skin can appear in spots. More commonly known as liver spots or age spots, it can appear anywhere on the face or body. It can affect anyone of any age or race, although this is a skin concern more prevalent among certain ethnicities such as Asian, Mediterranean, African, or Latin.
This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin forms deposits in the skin. It can be caused by ageing, hormones, pregnancy, birth control pills, skin products, acne, cosmetic treatments or be an indication of your overall health.
The main cause of hyperpigmentation in light-skinned people is years of accumulated sun damage. This occurs as the sun stimulates the production of melanin, causing excess colouration to appear in patches on the skin.
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) occurs after injury or inflammation, such as acne psoriasis or a burn. Again it is more common in darker-skinned people. Like melasma, PIH can be difficult to treat when it involves a deeper skin layer.
Recommended treatments for Hyperpigmentation and Sun Damage:
Although there is no ‘cure’ for hyperpigmentation, here at The Cooden Medical Group we offer some very effective treatments that lighten the appearance of the patches and spots, creating a more even complexion. In some cases we may recommend age spots and sun damage are removed using our state of the art K Laser. This can also be used for sun damage to the eyes. Your clinician will recommend the most suitable treatment depending on your circumstances.