Getting Rid Of Age Spots
Age spots or liver spots as they are sometimes called are unattractive, and for the most part safe. The spots are referred to as age spots as they generally start to show up after the age of 50 on the face, hands, feet, shoulders, legs, arms and other sun exposed areas. However, with more and more people involved and active in outdoor activities age spots seem to be appearing at an earlier age. What you are looking at when you see spots is cellular damage from exposures to the sun.
The unattractive nature of age spots has many women, and men seeking to find out more about what they are and the way to get rid of them. Age spots can be various colors though routinely brownish or black, occasionally red.
Should You Remove Sun Spots?
You should not confuse age spots with cancer, or skin cancer, though they can look similar. Age spots are safe but cancer definitely isn't, and if you have dark colored spots on your face or any other part of your body you ought to have them looked at by a dermatologist or your family doctor.
There is a number of options, and one is to do nothing so long as a doctor has checked them out. From a health perspective it's not crucial to remove age spots. But from an aesthetic perspective you may want to remove them.
When age spots show up on the faces of men and women they look very unsightly, and this is when most people seek assistance in getting rid of them.
To prevent them in the first place, and prevent them from coming back limit sun exposure, wear hats, and apply sunscreen daily.
How To Remove & Fade Age Spots?
There is a number of options for removing age spots, but most will require daily application and patience.
- Vitamin E: Vitamin E is known to cut back the appearance of age spots due to its anti oxidant and other properties. Dab on higher concentration of vitamin E oil twice a day.
- Lemon juice: The juice of a fresh lemon can help fade spots over time. It can be used alone or in combination with other ingredients.
- Grate up one tsp fresh horseradish root, 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice, 1/2 tsp white vinegar, add to this 3 drops rosemary essential oil. Apply once or twice a day.
- Buy Oregano Oil: Oregano is an amazing spot remover, but it can make your skin red, itchy and peel.
- Use a 1 tsp baking soda out of the box as a scrub daily to exfoliate the skin.
Over The Counter Medications
- 10-15% glycolic acid products applied as directed on package. May cause some redness and peeling.
- Kojic Acid can be found in lower concentations over the counter.
- Retinol products help peel and fade age spots
- Over the counter Chemical peels containing either beta hydroxy acid, or both alpha hydroxy acid.
- Hydorquinone a higher percent bleaching solution that requires a prescription.
- Vitamin C Formulations of higher concentrations can be found at dematologists
- Prescription Strength Retinol Products
- Liquid nitrogen therapy
- Chemical Peels
- Laser removal is a very effective option will provide the best result, but is pricey. As advances in laser technology continue to grow the down time for recover from laser treatments is very short.
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