Skin Care for Age Spots & Barnacles

How to get rid of brown age spots on the body.

Dermatologists creams, cleansers and treatment tips to lighten age spots on the arms, hands and body.

Find skin care products that actually lighten and get rid of age spots at any age. 

What are brown age spots?

There are 2 different types of brown 'age spots',

  1. Liver spots (solar lentigines, or solar lentigo when there is just one). These are freckles caused by years of sun exposure. The skin has produced excess pigment in the living layer of the skin called the epidermis. That pigment is held in the layers of cells, including the dead cell layer called the stratum corneum.
  2. Seborrheic keratosis, which some people call barnacles. In these age spots, the living and dead cells of the epidermis and stratum corneum are excessively thick and they hold a lot of pigment. These lesions are often crusty, hence the name barnacle!  

What is the best way to get rid of brown age spots on the body at home?

These two common lesions are a result of the brown melanin pigment being over-produced and then held on the skin. With seborrheic keratosis, there is also a tenacious, thick layer of dead cells forming a crusty surface of brown scale.

I recommend using exfoliation with shower cloths, sponges, or exfoliating body scrubs to remove the dead cells when you bathe.

Then apply a moisturizer with glycolic acid. This is a keratolytic ingredient that helps dissolve the 'glue' holding the dead cells together. It will help you to better remove the pigment and scale of these age spots when you exfoliate in the shower or bath. Glycolic acid also helps to lighten skin pigment to fade the age spots. 

The best products for getting rid of brown age spots on the body, arms, hands and legs are professional-strength glycolic acid creams and lotions.

When you use glycolic acid creams and lotions after your shower you will also be hydrating your skin. This is important for keeping the skin supple so that scale does not build-up and darken the age spots. My two Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing Kits work well to help get rid of age spots. My Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing Triple Action Kit has a beautiful foaming glycolic and salicylic acid cleanser, the Salux exfoliating shower cloth, and my professional strength Glycolic Body Lotion.  This is what I use to fight age spots on my own 60+ year old skin!  If you are allergic to salicylic acid, use my Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing AHA Kit which contains only glycolic acid products with the Salux cloth.  This skin care routine is strong and most people use it twice a week. Alternate the products with gentle, hypoallergenic skin cleansers and moisturizers. I give you options on the page below. 

Sun protection is important for lightening age spots on the body.

The sun's UV rays will darken brown age spots. Protect your skin using UPF 50 fabric and broad spectrum zinc oxide sunscreens with an SPF 30 or higher every day. 

Get the best results to lighten body age spot by using a Complete Skin Care Routine. Dr. Bailey's Complete Skin Care involves the 4 essential steps of,

  1. Cleanse,
  2. Correct,
  3. Hydrate,
  4. Protect.

CLEANSE AND CORRECT in the shower when you exfoliate with the Salux cloth and the Triple Action Exfoliating Cleanser twice a week. Use a gentle, hypoallergenic body cleansing product the other days of the week.

CORRECT AND HYDRATE after toweling your skin dry by applying the Glycolic Acid Body Lotion twice a week. Use a gentle and hydrating, hypoallergenic moisturizer the other days of the week. 

PROTECT with a zinc oxide SPF 30+ sunscreen and/or UPF 50 clothing. I give you a number of options on the page below. 

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  1. Dr. Bailey's Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing AHA Skin Care Kit

    Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing AHA Skin Care Kit

    Complete professional-strength treatment for fast results! This combination skin treatment is proven to improve body skin problems including keratosis pilaris (chicken skin), seborrheic keratosis (age barnacles), and solar lentigines (liver spots).

    Regular Price: $79.00

    Special Price $71.00

  2. Dr. Bailey's Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing Triple Action Skin Care Kit

    Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing Triple Action Skin Care Kit

    Complete professional-strength treatment for fast results! This combination skin treatment is proven to improve body skin problems including keratosis pilaris (chicken skin), seborrheic keratosis (age barnacles), and solar lentigines (liver spots).

    Regular Price: $91.00

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  3. Dr. Bailey's Triple-Action Exfoliating Cleanser

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    Eco-friendly beads combine with AHA and BHA to instantly brighten your complexion. Loosen dull dead cells and uneven pigmentation. Renew skin luster to a more youthful glow and instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

    $46.00
  4. Dr. Bailey's Glycolic Acid Face and Body Wash

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    $34.00
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    Have smooth skin instantly! This long exfoliating wash cloth is now my favorite way to physically exfoliate skin on the body.

    $6.00
  6. Dr. Bailey's Glycolic Acid 15% Body Lotion

    Glycolic Acid 15% Body Lotion

    No active ingredient beats glycolic acid for fast results when it comes to smoothing skin texture, creating a youthful and dewy skin luster, and lightening age spots.

    $39.00
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    Dermatologist-recommended hypoallergenic cleansing bar for extremely sensitive skin.
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    Elegant and light-textured, natural moisturizer for dry to normal sensitive skin.
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    At last, an ultra-light sunscreen spray that’s pure mineral protection with micro (not nano) zinc oxide for the best anti-aging broad spectrum protection. 

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  16. Dr. Bailey's Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40

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    Regular Price: $35.00

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    Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen

    My favorite sunscreen for sports, swimming and sweaty activities. Solbar Zinc provides protection for up to 80 minutes in the water with its hefty 7.5% mineral zinc oxide combined with other chemical sunscreen agents. Oil free and shouldn't aggravate acne.

    Regular Price: $13.00

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    SunSavvy Kit, Daily Wear Protection

    The best dermatologist recommended mineral sunscreen products for everyday protection. This kit includes Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40 for the face, ears, and neck, along with Solbar Zinc Sunscreen SPF 38 for the chest, hands, and other areas that need sun protection.

    Regular Price: $48.00

    Special Price $43.00

  19. SunSavvy Kit, Ultimate Protection

    SunSavvy Kit, Ultimate Protection

    The Ultimate Sun Protection Kit provides everything you'll need to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays.This kit includes Sun Guard Laundry Treatment, UV Ray Detecto Ring, Vanicream Lip Protectant, Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen and Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40 and a mesh travel bag for your products.

    Regular Price: $62.50

    Special Price $56.00

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    Turn everyday clothing into sun protection garments. Wearing sun protective clothing is essential for comprehensive, complete sun protection of your skin!

    $4.00
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    Regular Price: $40.00

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    Regular Price: $119.00

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    Soaking up all the sunny-fun summer has to offer means extreme, sun-protection tools need to be close at hand. Yep. You're you’re going to be outside at BBQs, concerts, lounging by the pool, having fun in the river or on the lake, and more. You’ve been waiting all year for this! And, I’ve got your skin covered so that you get all the bliss without the sun damage.

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  24. Travel Sun and Rain Protection Umbrella

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    $48.00
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    Raw Elements Tinted SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

    Raw Elements is the highest performance sunscreen I’ve ever found. A product that’s perfect for your most rigorous athletic activities in intense sun exposure circumstances. Reef safe too.

    $19.00
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    The highest performance sunscreen I’ve ever found. A product that’s perfect for the most active kids, high powered athletes and sensitive skin all in one! Reef safe too.

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    At last, the best mineral zinc oxide sunscreen product proven not to run into and sting your eyes - even when you're wet! Reef safe too.

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    $24.00
  29. Glytone Exfoliating Body Lotion

    Glytone Exfoliating Body Lotion

    With a free glycolic acid value 17.5% you will exfoliate away rough skin and age spots! My absolute favorite body care product. This is the most effective glycolic acid body moisturizer that I have found.

    $43.00
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    Replace your normal body wash or body cleanser with the Glytone Body Wash for velvet soft, smooth skin on your entire body.

    $33.00
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    $68.00
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    Fade an uneven complexion almost instantly with the best pigment lightening products. Reverse fine lines and wrinkles and return your appearance to younger days. This kit has everything proven to do the job!

    Regular Price: $406.00

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