Your face isn’t the only area that needs protection. The skin on the neck and chest get almost as much sun and weather as the face. We often find that the chest and neck are left out of the daily skin care regimen, which means they are aging at a much faster rate than the face. We have compiled some of the most common signs of aging for the neck and chest and how to treat them.
Skin on the Face, Neck, and Chest Don’t Match
Wearing sunscreen on the face, neck, and chest is the best preventative method to even out skin tone. Depending on the severity of the mismatch, you may need skin lightening creams or laser treatments (Fraxel Thulium, IPL) to fade sun damage and pigmentation.
Brown Spots and Pigmentation on My Chest
Brown spots are essentially sun damage. You may have had them as freckles when you were younger, but they get larger and often darker as you get older. The first thing to do concerning brown spots and sun spots is to prevent more of them by using sunscreen every day! Make sure you use a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects you from UVA and UVB rays.
Skin lightening creams containing 4%-8% hydroquinone, Chemical Peels, or laser treatments (IPL, Fraxel Thulium) are all recommended for fading brown spots on the chest.
Neck and Chest are Red and Blotchy
Redness and dilated blood vessels on the chest are most often caused from sun damage. Poikiloderma of the neck is caused by years of sun damage and shows up as red and brown pigment. Laser treatments(IPL, Pulsed Dye Laser) are recommended to diminish Poikiloderma.
Some people get little lines or bands running horizontally across their necks, they can look like necklaces. You can get them relatively young, even in their 20s or 30s. Your best treatment options are Botox or Fraxel Re:Store laser treatments.
The Cords on The Neck Stand Out
Prominent vertical bands that stick out near the upper part of our necks (the platysmal bands) can be more noticeable as we age. The best option to treat these is Botox.
Wrinkles and Lines on the Chest
Some of us get wrinkles on our chest from our sleeping positions, but ultimately wrinkles develop on the chest from sun damage. The best way to reduce chest wrinkles is by stimulating new collagen with Fraxel Re:Store. You may also be a candidate for Sculptra Aesthetic, which is an injectable filler.
Loose Skin on the Neck
Loss of collagen and elastin from years spent in the sun and the natural aging process can lead to saggy skin. Radio Frequency (Exilis) is a fantastic way to stimulate new collagen and tighten the skin.