Medical condition

Solar Lentigo/ Sunspots

middled aged man worrying about aged spots on his face

What Is Solar Lentigo/Sunspots?

Solar lentigo, also known as a lentigo or lentigines, is a harmless condition where patches of darkened skin appear. It occurs when the skin is exposed to sunlight, causing certain skin cells to produce more pigment called melanin. These dark patches are common, especially in people over 40 years old, and are sometimes called “Old age spots” or “Senile freckles”.

What are the Treatment Options?

Solar lentigines can be treated through various approaches. Here are some common methods:

Topical treatments

Certain topical creams or lotions containing ingredients like hydroquinone, retinoids, or alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) can help lighten solar lentigines over time. These products work by inhibiting melanin production or promoting cell turnover to reduce pigmentation.


This treatment involves the use of liquid nitrogen to freeze the affected areas, causing the darkened skin to peel off and new, lighter skin to emerge. Cryotherapy can be effective for small solar lentigines.

Laser therapy

Laser treatments, such as non-ablative fractional laser, target the excess pigment in the skin. The laser energy breaks down the melanin, gradually lightening the solar lentigines. Most patients require 1-3 sessions, depending upon your expectations.

Chemical peels

Chemical peels is a skin treatment when a chemical solution is applied to the skin, causing it to exfoliate and peel off. This process helps reduce the appearance of solar lentigines and promotes the growth of new, lighter skin. 

Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy

IPL uses broad-spectrum light to target and break down the excess pigment in the skin. The light energy is absorbed by the melanin, leading to its gradual fading.


Some medical research suggests that avoiding extremely high intakes of dairy and sugary products with a high glycaemic index (GI) may be beneficial for those with acne.


Foods that are considered low GI include vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, fish, and whole grain breads and cereals. 


While dietary changes may not be a standalone solution for acne, they can certainly help accelerate the progress of acne treatment and improve overall skin health. Combining a healthy diet with medical treatments can provide the best results in managing acne and preventing further scarring.


  • Cleanser (non-soap)- Gentle, pH balanced cleansing gel
  • Toner- Balances and restores skin microbiome.
  • Lactic acid, salicylic acid - To resurface, hydrate, calm and balance oil flow.
  • 21% zinc oxide moisturiser with SPF 15 PA+++ - Calms skin redness and promotes healing and minimises excess oil flow and breakouts.


  • Cleanser (non-soap)- Gentle, pH balanced cleansing gel
  • Toner- Balances and restores skin microbiome.
  • Niacinamide (B3)- Reduces breakouts and congestion by regulating oil flow.
  • Retinol- Regulates epidermal turnover, oil production and reduces inflammation.
  • Water-based moisturiser- Lightweight, non-comedogenic, oil-free formula.


Book in for a skin consultation with Dr Tina for an individualised treatment plan.  Your best treatment will often depend on your age, gender, triggers and causes of your condition.

Dr Tina can advise on a combination including:

  • Skin care advice
  • Cryotherapy
  • Laser therapy
  • Hormonal balancing in women
  • Chemical peels
  • IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)

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