Solar lentigines (pronounced ‘len-ti-ja-nees’), more commonly called ‘sun spots,’ are dark spots on the skin. They often are caused by prolonged direct exposure to UV (ultra violet) rays from the sun. Though some people may also refer to them as ‘liver spots,’ which are associated with aging, the truth is that any of us can acquire sun spots regardless of age. Yes, it’s true that those of us who are over the age of 40 are more prone to them, but don’t let this fool you—if you’re under 40, you can still get sun spots. Following is information about sun spot treatment in New Jersey.
The skin can suffer greatly from over exposure to the sun. Getting a sunburn is of minimal concern when one considers the long lasting effects of getting too much sun. When the skin is exposed to excessive sun it can result in patches of skin which become discolored. A dermatologist would call these darkened patches solar lentigines, but they are commonly known as sun spots. Many times they are brown but in some skin types they appear more grayish in color. They may also be accompanied by other signs of damage caused by the sun’s harmful rays such as dry or thinning skin or wrinkles.
Who is likely to get sun spots?
Sun spots can be various sizes, shapes and even colors. They are typically seen on the areas of skin which receive the most direct sunlight such as the face and hands. It is more likely that people who have fairer skin will get sun spots than those who have darker pigmented skin. Statistically, about 90 percent of people over 60 who are considered to be light skinned or fair skinned have some sun related sun spots. This does not mean that individuals who have darker skin are immune to scarring by the sun. Deeper skin tones display damage as gray spots or ashy areas on the skin. These unsightly spots are typically seen after years of overexposure to the harmful rays of the sun, but young people who do a lot of tanning even in tanning beds or booths can also have premature sun spots. There are some ways to prevent these sun spots from ever occurring in the first place.
There is nothing quite as enjoyable as a warm New Jersey summer afternoon where the sun invites everyone to come out and enjoy it. It feels warm, and most people enjoy having a beautiful tan. Even though these temporary results are pleasant, any dermatologist can explain the long term dangers of over exposure to the sun’s damaging rays. Too much time in the sun can cause skin damage which show in the form of skin laxity, wrinkles, skin cancers or discolorations. Sun spots are very common among those who spend too much time soaking in the sun’s warm rays.