Aging Dark Spots: How To Treat Them?

Date posted:2023. 08.01

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As we age gracefully, our skin may encounter the emergence of age spots, a common occurrence over time. While it is a natural part of the journey, many individuals seek to proactively address and treat these dark spots, preserving a radiant and vibrant complexion throughout the years.

What Are Age Dark Spots?

As we grow older, our skin records various events like a unique personal diary. Old scars show when we fell and got up again, sunspots tell us about certain beach holidays, while liver spots, like the annual rings of trees, immortalize our age.

Liver spots, also known as age spots, are yellowish-brownish, larger, and oval-shaped spots, depending on the skin color. They occur most often in the areas of the skin that are most exposed to sunlight. These include:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Hands
  • Feet

How Does Aging Cause Dark Spots

Aging leads to the development of dark spots on the skin through a complex interaction of factors. With age, the production of essential components such as collagen and melanin in the skin gradually decreases. This process, combined with life-long exposure to ultraviolet (UVA and UVB) radiation, leads to irregular pigmentation and the formation of yellowish or dark spots.

In addition, age-related changes in cell turnover and repair processes in the skin contribute to the accumulation of melanin, leading to the appearance of these spots. While it is a natural process, understanding the underlying mechanisms gives us the ability to approach skin care with wisdom, kindness, and targeted treatments.

Are age spots dangerous?

Even though age spots usually do not pose a risk, it is worth going for regular dermatological examinations, especially after the age of 40. During these check-ups, your doctor will assess manually or with a device to make sure that you do not have bulging, irregularly shaped dark spots that could lead to melanoma.

Age spots mainly appear on the face and hands

Although age spots can form anywhere on the skin that has been exposed to sunlight for an extended period, they appear on the face and hands of most people over 40.

Fun fact: Drivers have been observed to burn more easily on one arm and this is also where their liver spots first appear in older age. This is because the arm closer to the side of the car is almost always in the sun, while the other arm is almost always in the shade.

How To Treat Dark Spots & Have an Even Skin Tone?

  • Protect your skin from UV light. Apply NIVEA LUMINOUS630® Even Glow Day Fluid SPF50 daily, even on cool or overcast days, to minimize your skin's exposure to harmful UV rays.
  • Seek specialist advice. Do not just go to the dermatologist when you have a problem! From the age of 40, you should have an age spot check-up once a year for prevention and discuss with your skin care professional which cosmetic solutions are best for your skin type.
  • Consider non-invasive treatments. Before opting for invasive and expensive procedures, try establishing a regular skincare routine.
  • Morning routine. Start your day by applying NIVEA LUMINOUS630® Even Glow Concentrated Serum. Follow it up with the NIVEA LUMINOUS630® Even Glow Day Fluid SPF50, which protects existing spots from darkening and helps prevent their reappearance.
  • Evening routine.In the evening, after cleansing your skin, apply the NIVEA LUMINOUS630® Even Glow Concentrated Serum followed by the regenerating and revitalizing NIVEA LUMINOUS630® Even Glow Night Complexion Care.
  • Targeted eye treatment. For intensive treatment around the eye area, where age spots may be more prominent, gently dab on the NIVEA LUMINOUS630® Even Glow Eye Serum. This specialized solution helps brighten and soothe the skin tone around your eyes.


What causes dark spots as you age?

After the age of 40, skin cells start to produce more lipofuscin and melanin for various reasons, but mostly due to excessive sun exposure. This increased production results in the formation of yellowish-brown age spots.

What do age spots look like?

Age spots come in a wide range of colors and sizes. They might be little spots or more than several centimeters, ranging in color from yellowish to dark brown. On healthy skin, they have a smooth, even surface.

Are dark spots harmful?

Most dark spots are completely harmless, but to the naked eye, they are almost impossible to distinguish from skin cancer (melanoma).

Why is my face full of dark spots?

Several factors can contribute to the development of dark spots. These include genetic predisposition, exposure to chemicals and drugs, and unprotected exposure to the sun.