No matter how strongly we usually advocate that age is just a number, it usually applies to the strong, youthful mental and psychological state rather than the physical and the inevitable aging process that we women are eventually all bound to.. Suffering from some skin issues and battling with certain conditions actually only comes with age! No matter how many candles you are blowing this year, there comes a time when your skin loses track with how much you believe age is just a number!
There are 3 very common age spots that today we will give you the down low on how to spot them and remove them!
1 || Skin Tags
Also known as Acrochordons, skin tags are overgrowths of skin that are most frequently found in areas of friction, like the neck, underarms, waistline, and groin. Typically flesh-colored, soft, and painless, skin tags can grow between 1 to 2 millimeters in size. Unfortunately, there is no known cause for these small growths, but there is a hereditary pre-disposition to developing skin tags.
Skin tags are harmless, but there are 3 options when it comes to removing them. The first option involves liquid nitrogen, where the skin tags are frozen off.The second option includes electro-dessication, which uses electrical currents to target each skin tag causing them to burn off. Third option is to have a dermatologist physically cut off the skin tags with sterile scissors, ouch!
2 || Seborrheic Keratoses
Seborrheic keratoses or SKs, , are one of the most common noncancerous skin growths in older adults. Those look like waxy or wart-like growths and are tan, brown, or black in color. They can be flat or raised, and are usually found on the face, neck, chest and back. Just like skin tags, there is a hereditary pre-disposition to developing SKs, and most people will see these growths starting in their early 40s and potentially developing more as they age.
Similar to skin tags, SKs can be treated using liquid nitrogen, electrodessication, shave removal or lasers. An in-office treatment, called ESKATA® (hydrogen peroxide) topical solution, 40% (w/w), removes raised SKs. After a dermatologist makes the diagnosis of a raised SK on the face or neck, ESKATA can be applied to the raised growth, where a patient may feel a tingling sensation or itching during the application. The lesion resolves over time after one or two treatments. ESKATA is safe for all skin types and skin tones.
3 || Cherry Angiomas
Also known as senile angiomas or Campbell de Morgan spots, cherry angiomas are red “moles” that appear on the skin in many people starting in their 30s. Cherry angiomas can range from 1 to 8 millimeters in size and can develop on any part of the body. No one really knows the exact cause of angiomas, but it’s believed that there is a hereditary pre-disposition to developing these little red spots.
75% of people over the age of 75 have at least one cherry angioma, somewhere on their body. Similar to skin tags and seborrheic keratoses, cherry angiomas can also be removed using electrodessication, shaving, or pulse dye laser, where a concentrated beam of light targets blood vessels in the skin.
Although harmless, it is strongly advised getting any spots of concern checked out by a board-certified dermatologist.