B is for Brown Spots
Brown spots are commonly known as age spots, liver spots and medically known as solar lentigines. They are small, flat, dark-colored areas (brown, gray or black) that vary in size and tend to occur on the sun-exposed areas like the face, chest, hands, shoulders and arms. Although age/brown spots can occur in people of all skin types, they are common in people with light skin complexions.
Brown spots develop due to overactivity in skin pigment cells known as melanocytes. Melanocytes accelerate their formation and deposition of melanin as a result of ultraviolet (UV) light exposure. Over time, deposited melanin clumps together and migrates to the skin surface, becoming visible and making the skin look uneven. Cumulative UV exposure from unprotected or inadequate sun protection and use of tanning beds or tanning lamps influences the occurrence and severity of brown spots.
Particularly in patients with skin of color, brown spots also occur after skin irritation, inflammation or injury; post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) . For many, PIH is temporary, lasting six month or longer depending on the location of pigmentation in the skin, treatment and underlying cause of inflammation.
Whether from UV/ sun exposure, or post-inflammatory, consistent sun protection is an important part of improving the appearance of brown spots.
– Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush
– Broad-spectrum antioxidant sunscreens
– Skin lightening serums and creams
– Skin bleaching creams
– DermaGold Collagen Induction MicroInfusion
– Photo Rejuvenation (IPL)
– Laser Peel
– Refinage Dual Resurfacing
– Revitalising Facial Treatment
To learn more about treatments for your brown spots and to find out what combination of treatments and products may be right for you, contact our office today to schedule a VISIA Skin & Complexion Analysis and consultation with a SkinMD Seattle Skin Expert.