Lentigo looks like isolated dark spots, mostly round in shape, located in areas most exposed to the sun, especially on the hands, face, and décolleté. However, lentigo does not manifest itself immediately after prolonged exposure to insolation, it is associated precisely with the aging process.
Lentigo-affected areas generally exhibit an increased density of cells involved in the production of melanocytes, with abnormal local accumulation of pigment.
The appearance of spots almost always coincides with с menopause, a moment that is already problematic for women. Actinic keratosis is also characteristic of older men, but it is psychologically easier to perceive and tolerate.
Most patients with Lentigo claim to be sensitive to light radiation and have had skin diseases associated with sunburn in the past. Lentigo mainly affects patients with phototype I and II, however, age spots may also appear in individuals with dark skin color, which are potentially better resistant to ultraviolet rays.
Although Lentigo does not cause any serious consequences, the diagnosis of these spots is very important to exclude other diseases, such as skin tumors or other pigmentation pathologies.
Lentigo is a physiologically irreversible phenomenon. However, some treatments can produce a noticeable cosmetic effect.
Before undergoing any therapy aimed at combating senile spots, it is necessary to undergo specialized laboratory tests. If, as a result of research, it turns out that Lentigo is a – «spy» of malignant forms of tumors, then in this case surgical or chemotherapeutic treatment is indicated.
A temporary way to mask age spots is to use cosmetics - dense concealers. The market for anti-aging cosmetics offers a wide arsenal of products enriched with functional ingredients with brightening properties. These ingredients either directly affect the synthesis of melanin, or interfere with its transfer from melanocytes to surface skin cells.
Among the main bleaching agents used in anti-aging products, attention should be paid to azelaic acid, glycyrrhizin and arbutin.
It is important to remember that the cosmetic effect is not decisive, since it does not eliminate Lentigo, but only if it is used regularly and consistently, it softens pigmentation.
If you have questions, doubts or problems with the skin, it makes sense to seek professional advice from a dermatologist at the Bogoliuby «MC on time».