What are sun spots and what causes them to appear on the skin?
Sun spots, or age spots, are the tan or dark brown freckle-like marks caused by excessive sun exposure. They commonly appear on the face, chest, shoulders, arms and hands because those areas of the body get the most sunlight. Ultraviolet (UV rays) accelerate the production of melanin, which gives skin its brown pigmentation. Sun spots result from overactive pigment cells and melanin being grouped together in higher concentrations.
If you do notice an unusual brown spot or a spot that changes shape or color, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist or your regular doctor as soon as possible.
What is melasma?
Melasma is a common skin condition in which brown to gray-brown patches develop on the face. Melasma most often forms on the forehead, upper cheeks, and upper lip area, which can get a lot of sun exposure. It can also result from hormonal changes, such as pregnancy, birth control pills and IUDs or hormone replacement therapy. Sun will worsen melasma, no matter what the original cause.
Request sun spot treatments in Woburn, Massachusetts
If you have brown spots or patches on your face that you would like to remove, Stay Beautiful Medspa provides a variety of treatments to help you improve your skin. We offer facials, chemical peels, and non-invasive laser treatments to reduce sun spots and melasma. During your complimentary consultation, we will assess your skin and determine which treatments will best help you. To get a custom treatment plan from skin experts in your area, call (978) 203-0172 or request an appointment online.