Your doctor may call them “wisdom spots,” but they typically are caused by the cumulative effects of ultraviolet radiation from sunlight after years of exposure. Age spots start small and grow larger with time, but often they seem to appear overnight!
For prevention, it’s important to use a good broad spectrum sunblock with UVA/UVB protection and an SPF of 15 or better. Cleansing and moisturizing your skin is also recommended to delay the onset of age spots.
To help eliminate existing age spots, use a good glycolic cleanser (10% strength is best) at least 2-3 times per week for skin exfoliation. Usually, the 10% glycolic acid strength is gentle enough to use every day and you can adjust the frequency to suit your tolerance.
Remember, patience is required! The glycolic acid will reduce or even eliminate your age spots, but a dedicated skin care routine and sufficient time is needed.