Reviewing Popular Treatment Options for Age Spots

As I stand before the mirror, observing the dark spots on my face – light brown, tan, varying in size, mainly on my cheeks, nose, and a few on the back of my hands – I reflect on the persistent quest to eliminate these harmless yet bothersome marks. Age spots, often linked to sun exposure, have led me to explore numerous treatments and products. Here's an overview of some options and their outcomes:


Some individuals experiment with natural ingredients like lemon juice, oatmeal, or honey on their skin. While harmless, these are unlikely to yield significant results against age spots.

Chemical Peel

A safe approach involves professional application of an acid-based solution to remove layers of skin, stimulating the growth of new skin. This may require multiple sessions and carries potential side effects such as scarring, infection, or changes in skin color.

Laser Treatment

Precise beams of light target cells causing age spots without harming surrounding skin. Multiple sessions may be necessary, with temporary side effects like skin crusting or darkening. This procedure must be performed by a trained professional.

Freezing (Cryotherapy)

Liquid nitrogen is applied for a few seconds to freeze spots, promoting lighter skin upon healing. Common side effects include pain, irritation, swelling, blisters, redness, or scars. Requires a skilled professional.


A spinning brush sands down spotted skin for new skin growth. Possible side effects include redness, scabs, and swelling, with a prolonged healing period. Must be done by a trained professional.


Similar to cryotherapy, it involves freezing areas with liquid nitrogen. Side effects include pain, irritation, swelling, blisters, redness, or scars. Requires a trained professional.


Fine needles create small, spaced holes in the skin, triggering the growth of fresh collagen and elastin to improve age spots. This procedure must be performed by a trained professional.

Skin-Lightening Creams and Lotions

Many over-the-counter products claim skin-lightening properties, but they are often ineffective or contain harmful ingredients like mercury.

Prescription Creams

Collaboration between a compounding pharmacist and healthcare provider can result in a customized formula with stronger ingredients like hydroquinone and retinoids. Regular use over months is necessary for optimal results.

Prevention and Tips

- Avoid intense sun exposure.
- Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen regularly.
- Wear protective clothing.
- Seek professional advice for a prescription cream tailored to your needs.

In the words of Benjamin Franklin, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." While some may choose to forgo treatment for age spots, preventive measures and personalized solutions can make a significant difference. Feel free to contact us to explore prescription cream options suited to your needs.