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Sun Spots

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    Sun spots areas

    Sun spots often develop on exposed areas such as the face, neck, back of hands and forearms.

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    Skin cancers

    While sun spots themselves are not harmful, they have the ability to develop into forms of skin cancer.

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    Causes

    Exposure to UV rays or from artificial sources such as tanning beds are common ways for people to develop sun spots.

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    Prevention

    Limiting sun exposure is the most effective way to reduce the risk of sun spots, particularly for those over 40 years of age.

About Sun Spots

Actinic keratosis or sun spots as they are more commonly referred to as, are rough, hardened patches on the skin that develop as a result of prolonged exposure to the sun. Sun spots vary in size and can appear in different ways from smaller brown patches to larger skin-toned spots.

Despite being quite harsh in appearance, they are generally not a threat to your body or skin. Despite this, they can develop into a form of skin cancer known as squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) however, the risks of developing this is less likely than other forms of skin cancer. Cosmetic Medical Clinic offers options for the removal of sun spots for both cosmetic and health reasons.

What skin types are more susceptible to sun spots?

It is interesting that the combination of physical factors indicate the likelihood of an individual developing actinic keratosis. Those with fairer skin, blonde or red hair in addition to having lighter eye colours such as blue or green are at higher risk of developing sun spots. Having a history of severe sunburns also increases the risk of developing the spots. The development of cancer is low however, the risk exists and as such, you should contact a professional if you see changes to the patches.

How can sun spots be prevented?

Avoid prolonged exposure to UV rays particularly during peak hours (10:00 AM - 2:00 PM).

Wear sufficient clothing that covers both your arms and legs.

Consider the conditions of the sun on any given day. The light is what is dangerous, not the heat so even cloudy days can affect your skin.

It is recommended that you wear a wide brimmed hat that protects the ears and neck.

Treatment for Sun Spots in Sydney

Sun spots can be treated by Cosmetic Medical Clinic. We utilise pigmentation treatment lasers for the condition. See our Pigmentation Removal page to find out more information regarding the treatment of sun spots using pigmentation removal lasers.

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