Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Self-Tanners and Age Spots on Skin

By Julyne Derrick, About.com

Whenever I write anything about self-tanners, I get a flurry of emails from readers wondering how the self-tanner will affect their age spots.

According to editor Valerie Monroe, in the July, 2007, issue of "O the Oprah Magazine," if you have hyperpigmentation (dark spots), you should avoid self-tanners, which tend to darken age spots. If you have hypopigmentation --or light age spots -- tanner will help even out your skin tone.

Age spots are caused by sun damage. According to Monroe, you can treat them by applying a topical prescription bleaching agent like Solage, have them removed with a chemical peel or treat them with laser OR intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments.

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