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A few months ago during a week long trip to Mexico, I enjoyed a bit more time in the sun than I’m accustomed to. Surfing lessons in the ocean, horseback riding through town, and long walks on the beach kept me from reapplying sunscreen as often as I usually do and before long, I had newfound spots that aimed to take up permanent residence. Hyperpigmentation (a.k.a sunspots, age spots, liver spots, and melasma) is excess melanin caused by sun exposure, age, hormones or acne and knows no race or gender boundaries. I’ve been in this business long enough to know that an uneven skin tone can be just as aging as lines and wrinkles.
3 GREAT OPTIONS TO STOP THE SPOTS:
Now that fall has arrived and our tans have faded, pesky dark spots, dullness and uneven tone are more prominent. The good news is that you can get your skin back on track, as most hyperpigmentation can be erased, whether its with topical over-the-counter potions, cutting-edge laser treatments or professional-strength chemical peels.
“Dark spots and most types of hyperpigmentation are formed from prolonged sun exposure,” says Manhattan Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Alan Matarasso. Usually dark spots fall into these categories: freckles, smaller scattered spots; solar lentigines, also known as age or liver spots, which form on the chest, hands and face from years of UV damage; post-i