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Summer Sunspots: What Are They and How Do I Treat Them?

This summer may be the first time you’ve noticed them—summer sunspots. They’re not a welcome reminder of sun exposure, but are they serious? Will they go away?

Hale Cosmeceuticals help you understand what sunspots are and how to treat them.

What Are Summer Sunspots

Sunspots, also called age spots or solar lentigines, are caused by sun damage to the skin. They appear as flat spots that are black, brown or gray on areas more often exposed to sunlight, usually:

  • Backs of the hands
  • Chest
  • Arms
  • Face
  • Ears

Sunspots appear when the sun’s UVA and UVB rays penetrate the skin and stimulate melanocyte cells, which begin to (over)produce melanin, the skin’s natural pigment. The result is spots of irregular color, or sunspots.

Unlike indicators of malignant skin damage, sun spots are flat and evenly round—either circular or ovate. If you see areas of hyperpigmentation that have raised edged, have variated color and/or have no defined shape, those spots should be examined by a doctor.

Sunspots develop over long periods of repeated sun exposure. The best defense is sun protection. However, if you already see sunspots, there are treatments you can use that don’t require you to see a doctor or aesthetician.

How You Can Treat Summer Sunspots  

One of the best ways to treat summer sunspots is through exfoliation, which helps the skin renew itself and slough away the (hyper)pigmented area. Other ways to help treat sunspots include application of lighteners. Natural skin brighteners include:

Hale Cosmeceuticals offers several products to help treat sunspots. We have moisturizers with AHA and retinol to help with exfoliation and cell turnover. Our skin brightening powerhouse, though, is SB-7 Skin Brightener, which combines seven powerful lightening agents that are both safe and nourishing.

If you want help finding the sunspot treatment best suited to your skin, contact us.

Our customer service team is here to answer all of your questions.

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