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Did You Say Solar Lentigines?

SmoothbeamThey are called by many names – liver spots, age spots, sun spots, and even freckles. But regardless of their moniker, when they appear on your face and hands, they can definitely give away your age. This group of dark spots are all collections of pigment (melanin) that appear after exposure to UV light. This is why they most commonly appear on your face and hands. But there are subtle differences. Freckles can have a genetic component, but like the other spots, they are most often caused by UV exposure and usually darken and multiply with increased exposure. Sun spots, or solar lentigines aren’t typically genetic. But they do tend to become more prominent with age and additional sun exposure, giving them the name “age spots.”

None of these spots necessarily mean you’ll get skin cancer. But they could be a sign that you’re at a greater risk due to excessive UV exposure. They are definitely an indication that you should be using more sunscreen. For best coverage, choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30 and one that also blocks both UVA and UVB rays.

Because it’s always smart to err on the safe side, make it a point to visit your dermatologist once a year for a full-body spot check to ensure that any spots, marks or splotches aren’t actually moles, and to look for changes in any pre-cancerous mole or lesion.

At Allure Skin & Laser, we provide a variety of treatments for spots by any name, including our Smoothbeam laser treatments, one of the most efficient and proven ways to treat age spots. We also offer medical grade skin care products and welcome the opportunity to discuss these and many other aesthetic services with you.

Call to schedule an appointment, today, because summer is here, the sun is bright and hot, and your skin deserves the finest in treatment and care: (630) 818-7546.

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