How To Choose A Sunscreen For People With Age Spots And Dark Skin

September 13, 2010

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Sunlight can cause age spots and hyperpigmentation. Too much exposure to the sun can worsen age spots and pigmentation.   When the skin has been exposed to too much ultraviolet rays, the results can be destructive. Vitamin D production is induced by ultraviolet rays. Some side effects of ultraviolet rays on skin include skin damage and wrinkling of skin.

An effective solution against the sun’s harmful rays is using sunscreen. Sunscreens either reflect or absorb excessive ultraviolet rays. The UVA and UVB are the two main kinds of ultraviolet rays that sunscreens prevent. UVA causes melanoma while UVB is responsible for sunburn. The implication against sunscreens is its unbalanced protection, when UVA is disregarded and UVB is blocked, which can cause more skin damage. So, when it comes to applying sunscreens to avoid or lessen age spots and pigmentation, how are you going to choose the best type of sunscreen for you?

You have to discern what type of skin you have first. There are 6 skin types according to Fitzpatrick (1975).

Type I         (1-5 von Luschan scale) very light (celtic/Nordic)

Type II    (6-10 von Luschan scale) light

Type III    (11-15 von Luschan scale) light intermediate, dark skinned European

Type IV    (16-21 von Luschan scale) dark intermediate, Mediterranean

Type V        (22-28 von Luschan scale) dark/ brown type

Type IV    (29-36 von Luschan scale) very dark/black

Also remember the activities you engage in while wearing sunscreen. After that, you can decide on what brand or type of sunscreen you will buy or use.   But you also have to check at its Sun Protection Factor. The level of SPF a sunscreen tells the protection it offers, meaning that the amount of SPF is directly proportional to the protection it gives.  SPF levels can go up to SPF 50. The effectiveness of sunscreens also depend on its elements so look for avobenzone, ecamsule and zinc oxide on the ingredients list of your sunscreen.

Sunscreens come in a variety of lotions or creams. Most whitening lotions have SPF, so they qualify in the sunscreen category. If you just want to protect your age spots or pigmented skin from further damage, it would be better to use just plain sunscreen. total these things up and you’re sure to get the best sunscreen for you.

Age spots and dark skin cannot be cured with sunscreens. If someone with age spots and pigmentation engage in an active outdoor lifestyle, he must use sunscreens although it doesn’t assure complete protection. Only a dermatologist can help you with eradicate all age spots or lightening pigmented skin.

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