Several treatment options are available to address age spots. Topical treatments containing ingredients such as hydroquinone, retinoids, or alpha hydroxy acids can help lighten age spots over time. These treatments work by reducing melanin production and promoting skin cell turnover.
Lasers can target and break down the melanin responsible for age spots. Laser treatments are effective but may require multiple sessions for optimal results. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy is another option that can target pigmented areas without affecting the surrounding skin.
Treatments that target the outer layer of the skin can improve the appearance of age spots. Skin peels involve a chemical solution applied to the skin, causing it to peel and promoting the growth of new, evenly pigmented skin. Microdermabrasion entails exfoliating the skin’s outer layer.