If you're Asian, even a quick soak in the sun can spell trouble for your skin. Sunlight causes your body to produce more melanin, and your skin reflects that by developing age spots. These unsightly brown spots typically start showing up in your early 30s. If you're too young to look old, fight back with some powerful over-the-counter treatments.
Cleanse your face morning and night with a soap-free cleanser.
Smooth a dollop of antioxidant serum over your skin every morning after cleansing and before applying your daily moisturizer and sunscreen. Coffee berry, for example, is a very powerful antioxidant that protects skin from damage.
Use an overall skin brightener or a brightening spot treatment every evening. Look for products with retinol or hydroquinone which are ideal to slow down melanin production and break up pigmented areas. Hydroquinone, known as one of the most effective over the counter skin brightening agents, can irritate skin. For a milder yet effective brightener, choose retinol. If retinol irritates your skin or you have just a few dark spots, opt for a spot treatment.
Treat your skin with a chemical peel up to three times per week after cleansing. Look for one with lactic, salicylic, or glycolic acid, which all work to dissolve dead skin cells and thereby brighten and even out age spots.
Dermatologists offer effective solutions to get rid of age spots, such as laser treatments and peels. If you've got sagging skin, filler injections can help plump it up.
Always apply sunscreen before going outdoors. If you're unprotected, you're at risk for developing more age spots.
If you have age spots on your neck, you can use your facial treatment to get rid of them. Apply the treatment every other day at first as the skin on your neck is delicate.
Apply a skin-brightening product every morning if you have a condition called melasma. Melasma is a patchy skin discoloration that develops due to sun exposure or hormonal changes. Pregnancy or birth-control pills may cause melasma to develop, for example. It's most common in women between 20 and 50 years of age.
Avoid using spot treatments if you have melasma; spot treatments can create shadowy patches on melasma-affected skin.