Difference Between Age Spots and Sun Spots - How to Identify and Treat Them?

age spots and sunspots on face

Usually, people consider age and sun spot the same. Hence, they use these terms interchangeably. Although the sun is the common factor between both, they are different and have varying causes and distinct signs and symptoms that help identify them. So, what is the difference between age spots and sun spots and how do you identify and treat them? Let’s answer these questions in this blog.

What are Age Spots?

Age spots are also called liver spots. These also are flat, brown or black spots that appear on the skin as an individual ages. Age spots also appear on areas like the face, neck and the back of hands. However, age spots typically result from age-related overproduction of melanin but can also result from cumulative sun exposure over the years. Age spots typically form in people above 50.

What are Sun Spots?

Sun spots  look similar to age spots. However, as the name suggests, they result from sun exposure. Hence, they are also called solar lentigines. Sun spots often have a lighter appearance and smaller size than age spots. They are flat, brown spots varying in shade and size. These spots appear more frequently across areas like the neck, face and the back of hands. However, one may notice them in the other areas of the body as well.

How to Identify Age Spots and Sun Spots?

So now, how do you differentiate between age spots and sun spots? The simplest way of identifying age spots and sun spots is the location in which they appear. Age spots are usually observed in areas regularly exposed to the sun. Whereas, sun spots can form anywhere on the body.

Age Spots on Face and Body – Treatment

One can deal with age spots through various topical treatments, including retinoids, hydroquinone, and corticosteroids. Besides, creams with kojic or glycolic acid are also available. A few other advanced treatment options include chemical peels, laser therapy, microdermabrasion and cryotherapy. Furthermore, you may prevent age spots by wearing sun-protective clothing, avoiding exposure to the sun during peak sunshine hours and wearing sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher,  15-20 minutes before stepping out.

Sun Spots Treatment

Sun spots usually occur in people with fair skin or those with a history of sunburns. One can treat sun spots through topical treatments like retinoids, hydroquinone and various over-the-counter brightening agents. In addition, one may also undergo procedures like chemical peels, laser therapy, cryotherapy and Intense Pulse (IPL) Therapy. Some prevention measures include the regular use of sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher 15-20 minutes before stepping out and wearing outfits that protect from the sun.

Note: The above treatment options are generic. You should consult a doctor to diagnose your case and understand what suits you the best

So, that was about differentiating between age spots and sun spots and identifying both. We hope the above helps you. Visit us if you’ve been suffering from age spots on face, age spots on legs, etc. We will diagnose your case and prescribe the right treatment based on our comprehensive evaluation. Our clinics in Pune (Koregaon Park, Karve Road and Baner) and Jaipur are ready to serve you and help you get rid of your age spots or sun spots safely and effectively.

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