Lentigines: Dark Flat Spots
Lentigines are commonly persistent sun damage spots that appear on the sun-exposed areas such as the arms, chest, face and hands. They can reappear after treatment but alexandrite laser, the ruby laser, or other pigment-targeted lasers can help you improve or remove them in a fairly good success, and they eventually work fine with a minimum amount of freezing by liquid nitrogen spray.
Red spots can be left on the skin with excessively aggressive treatment. On the contrary, excessively gentle treatment will not be able to remove them. Teach your children and grandchildren that using SPF with sunscreen every day can help you prevent the lentigines that can start in the teen years or even during childhood.
Seborrheic Keratosis: Rough Raised Growths
They are commonly known as the cousins of lentigines but are a bit thicker than lentigines. They must be removed by freezing or scraping. Some lasers can completely do the trick but most of them fail to do so. They may reappear when removed in a cosmetically elegant way. But aggressive removal may cause scars to appear on the skin. The key is to remain balanced.
These extra bits of skin usually appear on the high friction areas, such as under bra straps, under the arms, on the neck, and in the groin area. They can also appear on the cheeks and the eyelids. They are harmless and can easily be removed with freezing, snipping, scraping, but this doesn’t guarantee that recurrence will take place or not. Skin tags also run in families.
Dullness is caused by sun damage and breakdown of the elastin and collagen fibres. As we grow old, the cell turnover slows down, and the supporting environment and juicy water-filed cells dry out. You can make a great difference with a rich daily moisturizer that seals in the water and helps in rehydration of the surface layers.