11 November 2013The distinctive characteristics of three types of age spots have been outlined in a new book. The publication, entitled 'Beautiful Inside Out', and said to be Singapore's first ever complete guide to women's health, highlights the three types of age spots, and the best methods of treating them, as follows: - Seborroeic Kerastoses – most commonly known as age spots, due to their predominance in people aged 40 and over, these pigmented growths are most common on the face and arms, but can appear anywhere on the body. These are best dealt with by Cryosurgery, which involves freezing the skin, or a procedure known as curettage, by which they are scraped off under a local anaesthetic.- Solar Lentigenes – the true 'sun spots', these appear as flat areas of brown colouring on the face, arms and other areas which have been exposed to the sun. These can be reduced using intense pulsed light (IPL) or pigment lasers. - Melasma – a common condition among darker-skinned people, this condition is often caused by hormonal changes due to pregnancy, and is exacerbated by sun exposure. Among the stand-out tips given by 'Beautiful Inside Out' to prevent age spots are: - Eating more fruit, vegetables and fish to defend skin against dryness - Avoiding over-exposure to the sun - Using mild soaps or cleansers, and rinsing skin with warm, but not hot, water - Keeping to a regular sleep pattern - Controlling stress levels, and - Not smoking.