Aging Hands- How to Prevent & Treat Age Spots of the Hands

aging hands - sun spotsMost of us focus on treating our aging face, but often forget about our hands. Tell-tale signs of aging of the hands are those ugly brown spots that mysteriously appear as we get older. The sun not only causes hyper-pigmentation of the face but the hands as well. Contrary to what we may believe, our primary exposure isn’t necessarily a day at the beach, but rather going about our daily routines like driving around. Another exposure that we don’t always realize is UV & LED lights at nail salons which emit UVA rays. If your salon is using lights to cure your nails, you are not only at an increased risk of hyper-pigmentation of the hands but also, potentially, skin cancer.

How to Prevent Sun Spots

Steps you can take to prevent sun spots are to wear sunblock with a high zinc concentration on your hands every day.  Keep a small tube in your car as a reminder and to make it convenient to apply. Also, just before going into the nail salon, apply sunblock if your salon is using UV & LED lights. You can also leave a pair of light cotton gloves in your car to wear while driving.

Our suggested sun block: PCA Weightless Protection SPF 45

Treatment for Sun Spots

Steps to treat sun spots would include products you can use at home such as hydroquinone or acids. We also recommend regular hand treatments with our esthetician, a great add-on treatment when getting a facial, microdermabrasion, or chemical peel. Remember, reversing age spots will take a considerable amount of time and will require diligent preventative measures such as applying sunblock every day.

If you are interested in learning more about treatment of sun spots and age spots on the hands, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stanislaw.

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