How to Naturally Get Rid of Sunspots
January 6, 2022 by VitalSkin Dermatology
Sunspots are a condition many of us develop over time that creates unsightly dark spots around the face and forehead. This skin condition can leave you feeling self-conscious and layering on the BB cream or foundation every time you leave the house. There are many natural remedies out there, however, that can help fade these spots over time, returning your skin tone to an even-toned appearance.
What Are Sunspots?
In understanding what treatments work, it can help to begin with an understanding of what exactly sunspots are. Sunspots, also referred to as age spots, are a form of hyperpigmentation, which means that areas of the skin have more melanin than other areas. This results in a darker, splotchy area of skin. Sunspots can, of course, come from exposure to the sun, but hormonal shifts during pregnancy can also cause a form of hyperpigmentation known as melasma.
Aloe vera has been a trusted, natural skincare product for some time now thanks to its ability to heal the skin. Aloe vera can also impact hyperpigmentation, helping to fade spots with the compounds aloin and aloesin. Plus, you’ll get the therapeutic benefits of this natural substance, which may include the reduction of inflammation and general redness.
A natural antioxidant, Vitamin C in the form of topical L-ascorbic acid can promote collagen production and may be effective in lightening sunspots. Many high-quality skin products contain this ingredient, including some prescription products. You can consult with your dermatologist as to their recommendations when it comes to using this essential skincare antioxidant.
Vitamin E is commonly applied to the skin in oil form and is a key component in many popular skin oils on the market today. This natural antioxidant has been shown in research to have a positive effect on areas of the skin that have been photo-damaged and may protect the skin against further light damage moving forward.
Glycolic acid is one of the strongest performers when it comes to fading sunspots and, yes, it’s natural. Glycolic acid can be sourced from natural substances and is one of the most effective techniques for fading the dark discoloration of hyperpigmentation.
Hydroxy acids also do very well in fading hyperpigmentation. They are often used in topical treatments for acne, due to their resurfacing capabilities. AHAs, or alpha hydroxy acids, may have an impact on sunspots and other discoloration of the skin.
There are several topical creams on the market today that include many natural ingredients, including popular remedies such as Vitamins E and C. Working in consultation with your dermatologist, you can select a range of OTC creams that leverage these ingredients, as well as glycolic acids and hydroxy acids. Your dermatologist may also have recommendations as to prescription treatments or in-office procedures that can be used to help fade sunspots.
Working With Your Dermatologist
There are many ‘natural’ ways to treat sunspots. Perhaps the most effective approach is to work in partnership with your dermatologist. They can develop a comprehensive treatment plan with you. If adhering to natural ingredients is a priority, they can provide guidance on the best products. They can also make recommendations for additional treatments that can supplement these topical remedies.
Sunspots are not a condition you have to live with. The solutions are ready and waiting for you. Contact one of our dermatology professionals today to start considering your options. With the right advice and the right products, you can make significant improvements to the appearance of this frustrating skin condition.