Is There A Connection Between Age Spots And Self Esteem?

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Age spots are unattractive. Even though they are not considered dangerous they can have adverse effects. How your face looks are the first thing you see in the mirror.

It’s also the first thing other people see. The truth is new studies show your self-esteem can be affected by the appearance of your skin.

It’s not about impressing others, but about how your appearance makes you feel about yourself. When you think you look your best, you will project confidence and experience better overall emotional health.

Psychological Studies

It’s not just opinions: the connection between how you feel you look and your self-esteem is well studied. Psychodermatology, while relatively new in the U.S., is a well-established field in Europe. This article by the American Psychological Association (APA) explores the link between skin health and a sense of well being. Harvard has also published studies on this.

It doesn’t mean something is wrong with you or you need a mental health professional. It only illustrates the connection between good skin and self-esteem is real, and a real problem for many.

Does Clear Skin Make You Feel More Attractive

It isn’t easy to feel attractive without having healthy good looking skin. Even if you put on heavy makeup each day and look pretty on the outside, you’ll know that underneath your skin isn’t its best. Relying on cosmetics to cover up skin problems is not the solution.

Although you can’t stop the sands of time or avoid having an unsightly age spot appear, you can control skin damage and try to slow down the signs of aging. By making the right choices when it comes to skincare, you can look good and feel good about yourself.

What Are Age Spots?

Have you noticed a cluster of tan spots on your skin? Have they appeared over time as you have aged? If you answered yes to these questions, you’re most likely experiencing age spots. The spots, also called lentigines, lentigos, sun, or liver spots, are sharply defined, rounded, brown or black, flat patches of skin.

The flat, tan or brown spots that appear on the skin are the result of excess production of melanin, or skin pigment. The name “age spots” perfectly describes these small dots on the surface of the skin, as they’re most common in older adults. However, even someone at a relatively young age can develop them.

Where Do Age Spots Form?

You’re most likely to develop these spots on regions of your body exposed to the sun. The most common areas known for developing age spots are the:

  • Face
  • Hands
  • Shoulders
  • Arms

Who Is At Risk For Age Spots?

Over the years of examining patients of all ages, Dermatologists found common risk factors in the vast majority of age spot cases. Those who develop age spots fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Patients over the age of 40
  • Fair-skinned individuals
  • People with a history of frequent sun exposure
  • People with a history of regular tanning

Why Treat Age Spots

Physical, emotional, and social reasons for age spots treatments include:

  • Improved appearance.
  • Enhanced self-esteem.
  • Promotion of better skin health.

Studies have shown that improving your skin has benefits beyond an improved appearance. You can also experience a boost in self-esteem through dealing with and slowing down the aging process.

While it is true that what matters most is what is on the inside of a person, matters of vanity are hardly trivial. Problems with our outward appearance can lead to problems in just about every area of our lives. Skin problems can affect how we feel about ourselves and, in turn, how others react to us.

What You Can Do To Get Rid Of Age Spots

Most of us do not have the means to spend thousands of dollars on dermatologists, but topical creams are a great place to start. A good quality skin cream that can make spots disappear. However, you do need to be aware of the harsh chemicals and bleaching agents used in some creams.

Many countries ban Hydroquinone due to its toxic effects. Most doctors now recommend not using it. Alpha-Arbutin is a safer and better alternative that works as well as the more poisonous bleaching chemicals.