Medical condition

Solar Lentigo/ Sunspots

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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”.

Key Information

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.

Cryotherapy

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.

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WHICH TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE?

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)

Aftercare Instructions for Solar Lentigo/Sunspots?

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