Years ago, a doctor shared some wise advice: start getting body scans from a medical professional when you enter your late 20's and early 30's. Brown spots and sun spots tend to crop up on the skin as we age.
But in this age of online health care, zoom appointments, and some difficulty getting in person medical treatment, it’s helpful to learn as much as you can so that you can help self-identify the spots you might find and how to treat them. (If you have any concerns about your sunspots and brown spots, seek medical attention in person as soon as possible.)
Sun spots on legs can feel and look unappealing, and give us the feeling our age is showing, but there are ways to combat this issue with skin care techniques, certain ingredients, and sometimes consulting our doctors for help.
“Filters are great, but great skin care is better.”
Various Kinds of Sun Spots on Legs & Their Causes
Aging: Consistent sun exposure over time will cause an over production of melanin in various parts of the skin and can make normal freckles look more pronounced.
Diabetes: When you have diabetes, you can develop spots on your skin that look like basic sun spots. But they're not that simple. High blood sugar from diabetes damages small blood vessels and causes these brownish spots on our skin. This is different than the average sun spot and reviewing them with your doctor from time to time will help him/her update your diagnosis and medication that you might need for blood pressure, etc.
Freckles: Freckles can fade as we age, but as we become adults, we might acquire other forms of pigmentation like solar lentigines and moles from excessive sun exposure, basically replacing freckles with sun damage. Keep an eye on these changes, as they change over time.
Hyperpigmentation: This is generally speaking, the same as acquiring sun spots. Hyperpigmentation is the increase of melanin in our skin as it’s exposed to the sun.
Melanoma: Melanoma is a form of skin cancer that begins in the cells (melanocytes) that control the pigment in your skin. This illustration shows melanoma cells extending from the surface of the skin into the deeper skin layers.
Sun Exposure: Anyone can get sunspots, but they are more common in people with fair skin and those older than 40. They are flat brown spots that develop on the skin after sun exposure.
Ingredients & Techniques to Reduce Sun Spots on Legs
It’s possible to fade and reduce sun spots on legs and various parts of the body with the right ingredients. Exfoliation can help the process along, hence the suggestion of glycolic acid and / or vitamin a (retinol).
Arbutin: Arbutin is a natural form of hydroquinone derived from the bearberry plant. It is a safer and effective alternative to hydroquinone and is less cytotoxic to the melanocytes. Look for arbutin in brightening face lotions and dark-spot correctors. Use it gradually in the first few weeks to make sure your skin doesn’t react negatively. You can then increase the frequency of use. Also, as always, make sure you are wearing sunscreen. Arbutin is typically derived from bearberry leaves, which is normally grown in Canada, USA, Europe and Asia.
Glycolic Acid and TCA: Glycolic acid and TCA can help with a myriad of issues – ranging from acne, acne scarring, dull skin, wrinkled skin, sagging skin, sun spots, discoloration, patched of dark skin, and large pores. Importantly, it has also been used to treat and remove precancerous growth, which is a great option for you and your medical provider to discuss.
Kojic Acid: Kojic acid is derived from mushroom-like fungi during fermentation, and is the second most common natural lightening agent. It prohibits the production of melanin and penetrates the upper layers of the skin causing a lightening effect. Kojic is an excellent natural option that is safe for everyone. Kojic is derived from Aspergillus Oryzae typically grown in East Asia.
Licorice Root: Licorice root contains two ingredients that help with pigmentation: glabridin and liquiritin. Glabridin helps to retrain tyrosinase, an enzyme that produces melanin which leads to pigmentation. Liquiritin helps to break up and remove melanin and pigmentation in the skin. In addition to helping with dark spots, licorice can be soothing and help even out your skin tone. Licorice is Native to Eurasia, it has a long history of use from China to Ancient Egypt to Central Europe.
Niacinamide: Niacinamide, or vitamin B3, can be used to fade age spots and lighten discoloration of the skin. It’s effective with hyperpigmentation because it decreases the number of melanin transferred to pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) to skin cells by more than half. It doesn’t stop the production of melanin, but it reduces the amount that is transferred to the skin. It is extremely stable and not affected by heat or light like other chemical ingredients. Niacinamide is derived from nuts, seeds, and green vegetables worldwide.
Vitamin A (Retinol): Vitamin A can help gradually exfoliate away and lift those damaged layers of skin, specially sun spots, to a faded level or elimination altogether, with time.
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Acer Saccharinum (Organic Sugar Maple) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Alpha Arbutin, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Althea officinalis (Organic Marshmallow Root) Extract, Anthemis nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Distillate, Aphanizomenon flos-aqua (Blue Green Algae) Tincture, Avena sativa (Oat) Extract, Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Oil, Camellia Sinensis (Organic Green Tea) Extract, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Oil, Carnosine, Centella Asiatica, Citric Acid, Citrus Auranium Dulcis (Organic Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Organic Lemon) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil, Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), Elderberry Extract, Gigawhite (Malva Sylvestris / Mallow Extract, Mentha Piperita / Peppermint Leaf Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Veronica Officinalis Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract Ecocert / Naturally Derived), Hyaluronic Acid, Kojic Acid, Lavendula Angustifolia (Organic Lavender) Distillate, Organic Lemon Essential Oil, Lemon Peel Bioferment, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Licorice Root Extract, Persea Americana (Avocado) Oil, Prunus dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Essential Oil, Rose Damascena (Rose) Distillate, Niacinamide, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oleoresin, Saccharum Officinarum (Organic Sugar Cane) Extract, Salix Nigra (Black Willow Bark) Extract, Sea Kelp Bioferment, Silybum Marianum (Organic Milk Thistle) Extract, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Stellaria media (Organic Chickweed) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Tomato Seed Oil, Urtica dioica (Organic Nettle Leaf) Extract, Ulmus fulva (Organic Slippery Elm) Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Organic Bilberry) Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Organic Cranberry) Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, Veronica Officinalis Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel)
Our naturally formulated skin lightening body cream is a sure and safe bet for anyone who wants to fade discoloration and sun spots.
Here are a few ingredients we'd like to highlight for you:
Achillea Millefolium Extract: Part of our clinically proven skin lightening and tone evening complex, derived from Alpine plants.
Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract: Part of our clinically proven skin lightening and tone evening complex, derived from Alpine plants.
Alpha Arbutin: Alpha Arbutin is derived from the Bearberry plant, and is the natural alternative to skin lightening. While it is natural, it can be faster and safer than chemical alternatives. Arbutin will correct sun spots and discoloration.
Bilberry: Derived from betula alba bark, this has been proven to increase elasticity, restore skin's supplement and prevent further loss. It will stimulate collagen and improve skin clarity.
Kojic Acid: Kojic acid is the by product of the fermentation of malting rice. It is known to prevent and correct pigmentation issues.
Licorice Root: Has been used as an Aryuvedic remedy, is a strong antioxidant, and aids in lightening, toning, firming, and cellulite reduction.
Niacinamide: Improves skin color, decreases inflammation, improves blotchiness, and can lighten skin per the National Library of Medicine.
With a little time and patience, your goal to reduce and eliminate sun spots is a realistic one. Stay away from harsh and damaging chemicals, and stick to the pure plant based ingredients that have shown to fare well in studies.
Resources / Reference
https://www.physiciansveinclinics.com/blog/why-do-i-have-brown-spots-on-my-legs, https://www.healthline.com/health/home-remedies-for-pigmentation#causes, https://trivalleylivewell.com/causes-and-treatments-for-brown-spots-on-legs/, https://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/skincare-advice/dark-spots/how-deal-sun-spots-body.html, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/melanoma/symptoms-causes/syc-20374884#:~:text=Melanoma%20is%20a%20form%20of,into%20the%20deeper%20skin%20layers., https://claribelskincare.com/products/skin-lightening-body-cream-with-arbutin-kojic-acid-and-niacinamide