Are you worried about the side effects that your skin may suffer this summer? Although in principle they are harmless, sun spots that appear on the skin due to sun exposure are one of the aesthetic complexes that people suffer the most in the hot months... If you are part of that group of men, stay and stay! discover everything we know about them!
What are sun spots on the skin?
Sun spots ( or solar lentigines ) are small dark hyperpigmentations of the skin caused by overexposure to the sun , which is why they generally appear in the areas most exposed to ultraviolet rays , such as the face , arms , neck or legs . legs , for example.
Who has sun spots on the skin?
These sunspots affect 23.5% of the population in Spain from middle age , especially after 50 years . In addition, several studies agree that men are the ones who suffer more sun spots compared to women, since they tend to be more used to protecting themselves from the sun than we are. (You know, your best friend this summer has to be a good sun cream …)
However, it is believed that genetics can influence the appearance of sunspots , although the specific reason that can condition it is not yet known .
Are sunspots dangerous?
Although sun spots are generally harmless , it is advisable to keep track of them as they can sometimes lead to skin cancer .
And it is that, in truth, solar lentigines are more of an aesthetic problem (in most cases) that is directly related to melanin and skin pigmentation. Thus, although sunspots are usually the size of a freckle in principle , many tend to increase in size due to their grouping .
How to avoid sun spots on the skin?
As I have explained to you before, sun spots on the skin appear due to overexposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays . For this reason, it is important to protect yourself from the sun and take all the necessary measures to prevent solar lentigines , as well as skin cancer or sunburn in its different degrees.
Among the most common prevention measures are the following:
- Protect the skin with a good sunscreen: keep in mind that the higher the SPF number your sun cream has , the more protection it will provide to your skin .
- Avoid exposure to solar radiation in the most decisive hours: it is important not to expose yourself too much to the sun in the hours in which its ultraviolet rays hit the Earth more perpendicularly , since this fact can cause damage to the skin .
- Wear long-sleeved and breathable clothing: if what you want is not to burn your skin , the best advice is to cover the epidermis from the Sun so as not to suffer any risk of damaging it .
How to remove sun spots on the skin?
You already know… Although in principle sun spots are harmless and do not need treatment (but they do need control ) , many people make the decision to hide their appearance for aesthetic reasons . In these cases, the options are very varied: microdermabrasion , laser , chemical exfoliation ... Your dermatologist is the one who will best advise you in these cases!
When should I go to the doctor?
In the event that the sunspot increases in size , bulges out, bleeds or changes color , it is important that you visit your trusted dermatologist so that he can review it and diagnose you .
Do not forget! The only definitive solution against sun spots is prevention . Also, if you want to know more about the damage that solar radiation can cause to the skin , keep reading!