Is it possible to fade dark spots? What’s the best treatment for age spots or sun spots?
The development of dark spots and sun spots is common skin concern. The best way to prevent age spots and sun spots is to prevent sun damage in the first place. Minimize sun exposure, wear sun screen daily and incorporate antioxidants into your diet and skin care routine. If you haven’t read the previous section of the Murad Anti Aging Skin Care and Resource Center on what age spots are and what causes age spots, take a moment to do so. If you’ve already read that section, let’s move on to the best ways to treat and fade age spots.
Can Age Spots Be Faded?
The most common question on this topic is can age spots be faded, and the answer is yes! Age spots or sun spots are simply areas of hyperpigmentation. By fading and controlling pigmentation, you can also fade the appearance of age spots. Whether your dark spots are on your face, hands, shoulders or somewhere else on your body, you can fade them and get even, glowing skin at any age.
Famous Home Remedies to Fade Age Spots
Over the years, people have tried many home remedies to help fade age spots and freckles. From apple cider vinegar and onion juice to aloe vera, lemon juice and castor oil, many natural homemade remedies have been touted to fade and reduce the appearance of age spots or sun spots. While these popular home remedies for fading age and sun spots contain some ingredients that may improve skin clarity and tone (in most cases, antioxidants that fight the free radicals that damage skin pigment), none of them will fade or reduce your age spots. In fact, lemon juice actually increases your skin’s sensitivity to light! While naturally based ingredients and formulas are important in all skin care products, if you want to fade and reduce the appearance of dark spots, look for targeted skin care treatments that combine the best of science and nature.
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Skin Care Products That Fade and Reduce the Appearance of Age and Sun Spots
The Murad anti aging skin care line features a number of skin care products that work to actively fade the appearance of age spots and sun spots. In order to minimize and reduce the intensity of your age spots or sun spots, you need to control and reduce the amount of brown, darkened pigment while lifting new cells to the skin’s surface. Murad has products that do both to help you fade your dark brown spots on your face or body.
This product contains an ingredient to lighten pigmentation, as well as ingredients that improve cell turnover, bringing new, fresh cells to the surface of the skin more quickly. The primary ingredient in this age spot fading gel is Hydroquinone, the strongest skin lightening agent that is available without a prescription. It actively works to break down melanosomes, or melanin pigment granules, while also decreasing their production. It does this by inhibiting the activity of tyrosinase, an enzyme that’s necessary for melanin production.
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What makes Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum most effective, however, is that it’s formulated to optimize the delivery of Hydroquinone to your skin cells. Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum also includes topical alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which encourage skin exfoliation, enabling Hydroquinone to penetrate the skin in the most effective way possible. This exfoliation process also helps bring new, undamaged skin cells to the surface, for the most even skin tone possible.
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Murad Intensive Resurfacing Peel contains Glycolic and Salicylic Acids to exfoliate the top layer of skin and lift newer, younger-looking skin cells to the surface. Not only will it help maximize the effect of your age spot fading gel, it will also improve your skin’s overall texture. As you’re fading your age and sun spots, it’s important to also exfoliate your skin to bring the newer, fresher and less pigmented skin to the surface. This will help ensure that all of your skin care products work in an optimal way.
Laser Treatments to Fade Age Spots
Using a topical skin care product to fade your age spots or sun spots is just one option. You can also see a professional dermatologist for a laser treatment to remove them. If you’re interested in getting a laser treatment to remove age spots and you live in the greater Los Angeles area, contact the Murad Inclusive Health Medical Group for a consultation.
Treating Your Skin After Fading or Removing Age Spots
The most important part of a treatment process to fade or remove age spots is protecting your skin to prevent future damage. Since lightening treatments with ingredients like Hydroquinone make the skin more susceptible to sun damage, it’s even more important to wear sun screen while using them and to continue using it afterward. If you fade your age spots or sun spots but then return to a pattern of repeated and unprotected exposure to the sun, you’ll simply develop new sun spots and age spots. We previously discussed the best ways to prevent age spots and sun spots, and it’s important to continue those good habits after fading or removing your age or sun spots. Be sure to use sun screen and sun block, minimize sun exposure through car windows, and incorporate antioxidants into your skin care program—both internally through foods and supplements and externally through topical skin care products.
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Ready to learn more? Have you explored our section on the causes and explanation of age and sun spots?
Product Resources for Age Spots
If you’re looking for a treatment to fade age and sun spots and restore skin that’s had UV and environmental damage, try the following Murad skin care and anti aging products.
Murad Environmental Shield® Introductory Kit
Environmental Shield® skin care products contain antioxidant-rich Vitamin C to help repair and restore skin that’s been damaged by UV rays and other environmental factors.
What Did You Just Learn About Age Spots?
In this section of the Murad Anti Aging Skin Care and Resource Center, you should have learned the following points:
- Age spots and sun spots can be treated and faded.
- While there are many home remedies to fade age or sun spots, in order to effectively minimize and reduce the appearance of age and sun spots you’ll need to use targeted treatments that combine the best of science and nature.
- Topical skin lighteners, such as Murad Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Gel, break down existing pigment to fade age spots.
- To remove sun spots or age spots entirely, get a laser treatment from a dermatologist.
- It’s best to prevent age and sun spots from forming in the first place. If you already have them, treat and fade your age spots while preventing new ones using the tips above.