AGE SPOTS

As we age, and our skin incurs increasing and cumulative amounts of sun exposure, some of the cells in our skin that make our natural pigment (Melanin, made by Melanocyte cells) lose their ability to properly regulate how much melanin they are making, and over produce melanin resulting in an “age spot”. These spots can also be named a “sun spot”, as they rarely appear in someone who has minimal sun exposure.

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Melasma is a very difficult and tricky skin condition to resolve. It appears as dark patches of pigmentation on the skin that often sneaks up onto a woman’s face. One day out-of-the-blue, she suddenly notices a dark shadow or “patch” appearing on her face. The hyperpigmentation can vary from wide and diffuse to a bunch of smaller dark spots (like freckles) that never bothered her before, that suddenly grow bigger and darker and merge into a single larger dark patch on her face.

 

Melasma is one of the most prominent skin problems in the world. Nearly 6 million Americans suffer from Melasma. The problem reveals itself in the form of dark spots on skin including the nose, cheeks, forehead, upper lip and chin. However, the dark spots of Melasma can be found in other areas that are exposed to the sun. Other common areas include the neck and forearms.

Melasma can affect a wide variety of people but women are the most likely candidates.

 

By far, when working with hyperpigmentation issues, laser treatment for dark skin is the most difficult, reactive and challenging skin. Such as those with Mayan, Native American and Asian origins, and especially East Asian skin types, such as Indian/Pakistani. Even when such ethic skin is otherwise healthy, treating a melasma is extra challenging and requires additional testing and ongoing modifications to avoid the natural tendency of darker “ethnic” skin to hyper-pigment in reaction to any kind of irritation.

 

Oh how we love the way the sun feels, but oh how we hate what it does… sun damaged skin! Yes, the sun does make flowers bloom and trees grow, but flora was designed for that purpose. Human skin on the other hand, was not designed to withstand the effects of prolonged exposure to the sun, especially lighter skin.

But if feels sooo good, how much damage can the sun really do? Let me tell you about my hot tub.