I'm only 33 and these age spots are trying to take over my face. Any advice, especially on sunblock brand?

I ran outside in my 20s w/0 sunglasses/hat and used a tanning bed for 3 winters, BUT I've always been decent about SPF! Josie Maran SPF47 (I prefer "natural" products w/o animal testing), Kiss my face SPF50, reviva 10% glycolic acid cream, DDF Glycolic toning complex, reviva brown spot cream, Murad rapid age spot lightener, red light therapy at a tanning salon 12 minutes daily (this is first month, I'll drop to 2x/wk next month). I also have baby quasar. Military salary kills my budget. advice?

Doctor Answers 2

Age spots

The best way to avoid age spots is to wear sunblock with SPF 30 or higher and reapply frequently throughout the day. I prefer sunblocks with physical blockers such as titanium or zinc oxide which directly block the UV rays from touching your skin. Once you have an age spot, it can be treated with skin bleaching creams, chemical peels, or lasers/intense pulsed light therapy. It is important to have an in-office examination to determine your exact skin type. Certain skin types do better with certain types of treatment. Choosing the wrong treatment can damage your skin or make your skin spots appear darker than before. Hope this helps!


Johnson C. Lee, MD Plastic Surgery


Beverly Hills Physician
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Age spot solutions with lasers, microneedling/prp, sun protection

Lasers, microneedling/PRP and skin care can be used to lighten age spots, in addition to sun protection. I recommend getting a formal consultation with a cosmetic dermatologist. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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