How to Prevent Sun Spots on Skin?

Jodie Snow  2019-09-18 15:05:58

Sunspots — also called age spots, liver spots, and solar lentigines — are isolated damage spots on the skin that form from prolonged UV exposure. These discolorations usually form as flat spots that are tan, brown, or black in color. Sunspots can generally be prevented by controlling your exposure to the sun and properly wearing sunscreen any time you're exposed to the sun's radiation.

  1. 1Stay out of the sun during peak UV hours. Ultraviolet rays are strongest and most intense between the hours of 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. If at all possible, try to avoid going out into the sun during those peak hours. If you must go out during that time, make sure you take preventative measures to protect your skin from UV radiation.
    • 2Use broad-spectrum sunscreen any time you're in the sun. Sunscreen protects you from the sun's radiation, but not all sunscreen is the same. Many sunscreen products only protect against one type of radiation, but your skin can be damaged by both UVA and UVB radiation. Health experts recommend that you use broad-spectrum sunscreen, which guards your skin against both types of radiation.
      • 3Wear protective clothing in the sun. In addition to wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen whenever you're in the sun, you should also wear protective clothing to limit your skin's exposure to UV radiation. Reducing exposure and protecting your skin is the only proven way to lower the chances of sunspots developing.
        • 4Avoid smoking. Smoking (and secondhand exposure to tobacco smoke) has been linked to premature aging of the skin. Because of this, some experts advise that you should avoid smoking if you want to prevent sunspots and other skin conditions associated with aging.