Spot-Treating Age Spots
If you've started spotting age spots, you've probably started wondering how to get rid of them.

There are five types of treatments to consider. But before you use any treatment on any spots on your skin, visit your physician or dermatologist to make sure they are not cancerous.

1. Laser treatment. The most expensive of the five types of treatments, laser treatment is the most effective at permanently removing the spots. It usually involves two or more visits to a dermatologist.

2. Chemical peel. This treatment is typically performed in a doctor's office or surgery center. Phenol is the strongest chemical solution available for a chemical peel and the most effective for removing age spots.

3. Microdermabrasion. This is an exfoliation treatment that removes dead cells, thereby diminishing age spots.

4. Cryosurgery. Also known as cryotherapy, cryosurgery freezes off abnormal skin cells. It is used more often to remove cancerous skin cells than to get rid of age spots.

5. Bleaching cream. The least expensive treatment, it is also the least effective. It may have spotty results, too. When applying the cream it is nearly impossible to confine it to only the age spot, and a lighter ring forms where the cream bleaches the skin surrounding the spot.

The best solution of all is to prevent age spots in the first place--by using UV ray-blocking skin and face creams and avoiding overexposure to the sun. As we age our skin loses the pigmentation that protects our skin from the sun's rays, and the spots we already have become more visible. New spots will continue to develop unless you minimize sun exposure.