Thursday, April 29, 2010

Age spots, I'll pass

Those dopey liver spots on your hands, chest, and face are not nice little marks of wisdom—they suck.

Rub a lemon? Nada. Those creams? Well, I have seen no difference.

Joshua Fox, MD, a NY dermatologist, says our friend Mr Sun produces these melanin-intensive dots. Along with them come other signs of sun damage—wrinkies, rough skin, little red veins, and thinner, weirder-looking skin. If you notice some new big old thing or something old changes, you should probably see a doc and make sure it’s not cancer. Otherwise, what can you do?

First, the lotions. Dr Fox says you probably won’t see much improvement (see?). Try them for weeks or months—they really have to soak in.

Prescription creams are much the same deal. Used regularly, they may produce a slight fading.

Q-switched lasers—now we’re talking. They vaporize or otherwise remove brown lesions.

Microdermabrasion is also effective—sand the babies off!

Cryosurgery uses extreme cold to “burn” the brown off.

Chemical peels also remove spots and as a bonus, boost collagen and strengthen skin.

Laser skin rejuvenation is the big gun. Zaps everything.

The best approach, though, is prevention. Wear sunscreen, even in winter.

Father Time is a punk. But you knew that.

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