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Age Spot Removal

Success in age spot removal can be achieved to varying degrees by using our specially formulated anti-aging skin products. One of our leading age spot removal products is Matis Corrective Whitening Serum. This age spot removal formulation contains fruit Alpha Hydroxy Acids to help reduce pigmentation. It's rich in plant-based whitening ingredients that endow the product with its age spot removal capabilities. Although total age spot removal may not always be possible in every case, several of the anti-aging creams and serums we carry produce significant fading and lightening of unattractive age spots.

Another recommended strategy for reducing hyperpigmentation and counteracting visible signs of aging involves the use of Excel skin products. Excel Amino Fruit Acid Gel contains a potent combination of antioxidants, minerals, and hydrating ingredients to help advance your progress toward age spot removal. Excel Amino Fruit Acid Plus is also helpful as part of an age spot removal regimen. Regular use of this product will result in dramatic improvement in the appearance of photo-damaged skin, a critical element in age spot removal efforts.

Our line of Jane Iredale skin care makeup offers a cosmetic alternative to age spot removal that effectively camouflages minor facial discolorations. Achieve the effect of age spot removal by applying Jane Iredale Enlighten Concealer. By temporarily neutralizing brown spots, this product gives you the benefits of age spot removal every time you apply it.

Helpful Background Information about Age Spots:

The following is a reprint of the article that appeared in the July 26, 2000 issue of Spotlight Newspapers, based in Delmar, New York.

Age spots, also called liver spots, increase in number as we get older. By definition, they are flat patches of increased pigment, like freckles. Should we be worried?

Yes and no. Though cosmetically worrisome, age spots are not threatening and do not need to be treated. On the other hand, it is no coincidence that age spots commonly appear on the backs of hands and necks, forearms and the face, all places that receive the most sun exposure. "Age spots are a reflection of significant sun damage," said Jean C. Buhac, M.D., specializing in cosmetic, medical and surgical dermatology. If you are talking sun damage, then there is an increased risk for skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, affecting one in seven Americans. Caught early, it has a 90 percent cure rate.

There are three types of carcinomas: basal cell, the most common, squamous cell and melanoma, the deadliest form. Knowing what to look for and when to see a dermatologist is as easy as knowing your ABC...D's. "A" stands for asymmetry. Benign or harmless moles or spots are round and symmetrical in shape, one side a mirror image of the other. Suspicious moles look distorted. "B" stands for border. A doctor should evaluate moles with jagged, irregular or scalloped edges. "C" means color. Usually moles are a uniform shade of brown. Mixed colors including red, black, brown or blue could signal a problem. "D" stands for diameter. Give special attention to moles larger than one quarter of an inch, or about the size of a pencil eraser. "In addition to the four basics, anything that changes should be evaluated," Buhac said. "There's also a misconception that melanoma is a raised bump, but it can be flat."

Sometimes, early forms of skin cancer can be misinterpreted as eczema or acne. Any skin lesion that refuses to heal needs to be evaluated by a dermatologist.

Prevention, of course, is always best. Limit sun exposure, wear protective clothing and remember your sunscreen. "You can reverse some pre-cancerous changes with sunscreen," Buhac said. She warned that sunscreen does not mean you can stay out in the sun twice as long. You also need to remember to reapply frequently, especially after swimming. When it comes to clothing, some of the new high-tech materials offer SPF protection. They contain brighteners and resigns that absorb ultra violet, or UV, light. You can save money by wearing unbleached cotton, silks and shiny polyesters. The cotton contains a pigment called lignin that absorbs UV rays and the other fabrics are highly reflective. Tighter weaves also offer extra protection. Try to avoid bleached cotton and polyester crepe that are very transparent to UV rays. "And remember that anything wet offers no protection at all," Buhac said. Finally, Buhac recommended vitamins E-especially the d-alpha tocopheral - and C for added photo protection.

By Leigh G. Kirtley