Summer is here and that means that we’ll all be spending more time outdoors. However, with more time in the sun comes more skin damage. While sun exposure can damage the skin in a variety of ways, many people overlook the development of age spots and sun spots. Because this type of sun damage tends to appear later in life, it’s easy to forget. That’s why it’s important to keep in mind that the UV exposure you get now can cause age and sun spots years from now.
What Is a Sun Spot?
A sun spot is an area of hyper-pigmented skin that appears over time. Usually these areas are dark brown, but they may also be light brown or even black. More like freckles than moles, sun spots don’t rise above your skin or change the texture of your skin. Sun spots are most common on the face, neck, chest, arms and hands (all areas where you may tend to get unprotected exposure to UV rays).
How Does a Sun Spot Form?
Sun spots (more commonly called age spots) occur as the result of a breakdown in melanin pigment. Melanin pigment is the skin’s natural pigment that helps defend against damaging UV rays. In the epidermis, the cells that produce melanin are called melanocytes. Prolonged exposure to UV rays without proper sun protection results in damage to the melanocytes; when they’re no longer able to produce enough melanin to protect against UV radiation, sun and age spots form on the skin.
Can You Prevent Sun Spots?
While exposure to UV rays builds up over time and may result in sun and age spots, you can largely prevent sun spots by wearing appropriate sun protection, including protective clothing and, of course, sun block.
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Can You Fade Sun Spots?
It’s absolutely possible to fade sun spots and age spots. Using a product such as Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum, you can effectively reduce the appearance of age spots, sun spots and other areas of discoloration on your skin.
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By all means, get outside and enjoy the summer sun—but be responsible and protect your skin from the development of sun spots and skin damage.