What can I do about sun spots on my hands?

I look very good for my age but my only grudge would be the sun spots on my hands. They actually do show my age, so I was curious if there was any hand rejuvenation techniques or sun spot removal options that could make my hands look a little "younger?"


F, 60, Florida

Tags:woman age 55-64 hands sun spots

Looking down at my hands used to bring me to tears. They were covered in liver spots due to so many years of being in the sun and failing to wear sunscreen. No matter what I did, I couldn't get the focus off of these dark spots. My doctor told me that there are several options available. There are lightning creams to try, or treatments such as dermabrasion, freezing, and intense pulsated light therapy. The pulsated light therapy did the trick! My hands look years younger, and the skin discoloration is way less noticeable. I am only sorry that I didn't find this treatment sooner, as I have been embarrassed by my hands for years.

I didn't know if I could treat sunspots myself, if they would fade over time, or if I needed to see a skin care specialist. I used an over the counter cream that faded skin spots. While this did work, it did not fade them as much as I would have liked. After a visit to my dermatologist, I was left with a few options. He told me that he could prescribe a cream, or I could undergo chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser treatments, or intense pulsated light treatments. Since the sunspots were on my hands, I decided to use the intense pulsated light option. This way, I wouldn't have to worry about constantly re-applying the cream every time I needed to wash my hands throughout the day. What a difference it made! After four treatments, the sunspots are practically gone. I will continue with a few more treatments to fade the spots completely. If I do choose to use the option of a cream, I'll buy one over the counter and apply it at night before bed.

I suffer from pretty bad hyperpigmentation on my arms and hands. I do have a few skin problems with my face as well but I think since I have paid attention to my face a lot more than other areas that were exposed to the sun, its not as bad. I went to see a dermatologist for some medical advice on how to treat the liver spots. She mentioned there were procedures we could do but would be more expensive than trying some creams first. I opted to try an over the counter spot corrector cream that contained kojic acid. It was supposed to help even skin tone. If this doesn't work I may try a more drastic measure.

I had always taken good care of my skin, but about 5 years ago I started noticing similar dark spots on the tops of my hands. I have been pretty diligent over the past 10 years are so with applying sun screen, however I would rarely put it on the top of my hands. You kind of don't think about the sun exposure your hands get and never think they would get sunburn. However, sun damage can happen on your hands!

When I was 52 I got divorced, and was just feeling downright terrible about the spots on my hands when my sister surprised me for my birthday with a package deal of 5 IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments through her plastic surgeon. I was hesitant because I didn't know anything about this procedure, but she had had great results removing visible brown spots, so I took the plunge and tried it. After just 3 painless treatments, the spots on my hands were gone! I honestly couldn't believe it, and I still have 2 left from the package if I ever need to go back.