Will Age Spots Grow Back?

Anyone who has  age spots will show a discoloration of the skin from light brown or black patches. It is painless and does not itch. The patches are about 1/8 of an inch to 1 inch in diameter. Those who spend a lot of time in the sun without any protection, such as a sunscreen, are susceptible to more blemishes.

Age spots are just one of the many skin conditions that a person may have. They appear as blemishes and are believed to be caused by over exposure to radiation from the sun.  Though not contagious, as some other skin conditions are, age spots may cause the affected person some amount of embarrassment.  Particularly, since these spots tend to appear more commonly on the face, shoulders, arms, legs and scalp if bald.  One might very well be concerned with its growth and its size and this is especially true if the spots cover the facial area.

As a person ages, the skin loses some of its elasticity as well as its ability to regenerate new cells faster. That is why age spots are commonly found among men and women of age 40 and above. Normally cells are renewed every two to three weeks. But, as we get older, this process slows down causing the top layer of skin to remain and harden before regeneration takes place. Note however, that age spots are also found in younger persons, as the main cause is over exposure to the sun.

One does not have to worry about age spots being permanent though, because there are treatments. Over the counter treatments are available and cost effective. They take the form of oral or topical solutions. If age spots are severe however, it may be prudent to see a medical doctor for prescription drugs. For a more permanent solution, and for those who can afford it, there is electro surgery, laser treatment and cryotherapy.

Age spots are harmless, non contagious blemishes that occur due to over exposure to sunlight. It is not cancerous and certainly not related to any condition that involves the liver. Growth will be stunted if precautionary measures are adhered to. Measures such as a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 should be worn, sunglasses to protect the eyes and or a wide brimmed hat to protect the face. This might be extreme but if you intend on spending a long time in the sun wearing protective clothing with UPF of 40 might not be a bad idea. Persons should avoid going in the sun when it is at its hottest, such as midday and onwards. Lastly, take short breaks from the sun and you should be fine.

If the above precautions are adhered to, then the chance of any age spots returning or appearing, will be minimal or nil.

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