How to Get Rid of Age Spots for Men
Men’s age spots, sometimes called liver spots, are small black or brown spots that appear on the skin as you get older. They usually start showing up around the age of 40, but can develop earlier in some cases.
While age spots are harmless, they are generally considered undesirable since they stand out as a marker of getting older. Fortunately, their appearance can be slowed and in some cases reversed.
Here you'll learn what causes age spots on the face and how to get rid of age spots if you're already seeing them.
What Are Age Spots?
Age spots are small dark brown or black spots on the skin. These dark spots on the face tend to first appear in places heavily exposed to the sun.
Age spots on the face, backs of hands, shoulders, and forearms are quite common and are not a cause for alarm. Despite their appearance, they are not cancerous and generally are not a reason to visit your physician.
What Causes Age Spots in Men?
Age spots are primarily caused by many years of UV exposure from the sun or tanning booths. This exposure accelerates the production of melanin, the substance in the body responsible for skin pigmentation. This alters your complexion, giving you a darker skin color (or a red color, in the case of a burn).
A tan (or a change in skin color) is your body’s way of protecting deeper skin tissue from being exposed to and damaged by UV rays. So a tan is not your body’s healthy glow - it’s your skin’s way of protecting itself from UV damage.
Age spots on the face form when higher than typical levels of melanin are concentrated in one area of the skin. While people of any skin color can develop age spots, men with a fairer complexion have the highest probability of getting them.
How to Prevent Age Spots
The best way to remove age spots is to prevent them from ever forming in the first place. Since UV damage is the main culprit behind these dark spots, you need to use an SPF product regularly to prevent them from appearing.
Daily SPF use - even on cool or cloudy days - will keep your skin looking its best for years to come. Just be sure you're using a product that protects your skin without exposing it to potentially hazardous chemicals.
Our two SPF products are both made with zinc oxide to ensure broad spectrum UV protection that's safe for your skin and overall health.
- Our Daily Defense Face Moisturizer with SPF 20 nourishes and hydrates your skin while also protecting it from sun damage and thus slows the development of age spots. Use it each morning after washing your face for the best results.
- Our Element Defense Moisturizer with SPF 45 is safe to use anywhere you're exposed to the sun. Remember, age spots can form anywhere you have skin, not just on your face.
Consistent use of a daily SPF moisturizer is the best way to slow the development of age spots and keep them under control once they begin to appear.
How to Get Rid of Age Spots
A complete skincare routine that includes anti-aging products is the key to getting rid of age spots. We recommend this three step routine (in addition to the above mentioned SPF products) to keep your skin healthy, youthful, and age-spot free for as long as possible:
Anti-Aging Face Serum
Our Repairing Night Serum absorbs quickly down into your skin's deepest layers. There, it stimulates collagen production and slows cell maturation. This leads to healthier, younger skin. Allow it dry completely before using the other products in your anti-aging regimen.
The best natural ingredients for removing age spots include methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), green tea, and Vitamin E. MSM is a well known nutrient found in super foods such as spinach and kale that assists in reducing skin pigmentation issues when applied consistently over a period of months. Vitamin E and green tea are rich in antioxidants that contribute to the reduction of free radicals that contribute to age spots. All three are found in our Revitalizing Anti-Aging Cream.
Anti-Aging Eye Cream
The skin beneath and around your eyes is especially thin and sensitive. That's why many men notice age spots here first. To prevent their development - and to keep eye wrinkles at bay - use our Restoring Eye Cream daily. It's made with MSM, hyaluronic acid, and protein peptides.
Be Patient When Treating Age Spots
Once you’ve started using anti-aging products to get rid of your age spots, it may take a few months to start seeing results. Don’t lose hope! Those age spots have slowly shown up on your skin over the course of many years. So of course it will take a bit of time to remove and reduce them.
While stronger and more invasive treatments for removing age spots also exist, they are more expensive and more likely to result in irritation. Consistent use of anti-aging serums and creams can bring results - just stick with it.