Successful age spot removers include cosmetic creams with retinol and prescription bleaching creams with hydroquinone. The hydroquinone can be used alone or with retinoids and steroids to clear age spots. Laser treatment and intense pulsed light are types of therapies that destroy melanin-producing cells and help fade age spots.
Since hydroquinone causes skin irritation in many people, it is often substituted by less potent options, such as licorice extract, kojic acid and vitamin C. Cryotherapy, a procedure that involves the application of a freezing agent to the age spots, is less popular because it can cause scarring or discoloration.
Dermabrasion and chemical peel are also cosmetic procedures that are used to treat age spots.