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Age Spots or Liver Spots

As we grow older, collagen-producing cells begin to work less efficiently, which leads to a gradual build-up of yellowish pigmentation, commonly known as Age Spots or Liver or Sun Spots. These areas of pigmentation are smooth, not crusty or dry to the touch and they do not stand out from the skin.

The sun spots can be removed by electrolysis, however, its effectiveness depends on how established the pigmentation spots are. Some of them are located very deep within the dermis (the layer of skin beneath the outermost part) and their removal may cause discolouration and even indentation. The superficial age spots can be successfully reduced or removed. An ultra-fine micro-probe sends a high frequency electric current to the spot which is then lifted off the skin.


It’s perfectly normal for the treated area to feel warm after Age Spot Removal, and you’ll also notice some redness and perhaps a little swelling. None of these effects will be long lasting, so there’s no need for concern. In the days immediately following your treatment, scabs will form over the area where the Sun Spots have been removed. Simply leave these to fall away on their own. This will happen over a period of up to two weeks, during which it’s important to resist any urge to pick the scabs (in order to avoid the risk of scarring).

Once the scabs have gone, the treated area will retain a pinkish tone until your skin settles back to its normal colouring over the next few weeks.

Reducing the sun exposure and protecting your skin with a sunscreen will help to prevent or minimise the appearance of brown spots.

Mineral sunscreens prove to be more effective than suncreans with chemical filters.  Unlike chemical filters, which are absorbed into the body and metabolised by the liver, physical blocks, like non-nano zinc or titanium, stay on the surface of the skin and reflect and scatter the harmful sun rays.

Sun products containing such chemical filters as avobenone, octocrylene, homosalate and octyl methoxycinnamate have been found to be endocrine disruptors and showed photosensitivity which causes oxidative stress (  More so, they have a limited or no protection against UVA, which causes the age spots on the skin.

L-Formula has developed a sunscreen with SPF30 which uses only non-nano zinc oxide. This product is DV8 Sunscreen - as the name suggests it works by deviating the rays of the sun.

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