Age spots, also known as dark spots, are flat, tan, brown or black spots that appear on the skin. They vary in size and are most commonly seen on the face, hands, shoulders and arms — areas that get the most sun exposure.
You may associate age spots with adults over the age of 50, but young adults can get them as well, especially if they spend a lot of time in the sun.
CAUSES OF AGE SPOTS
Longer period of exposure to UV rays from the sun is the main reason for the occurrence of age spots. Still, frequent use of tanning bed is a great contributor for their appearance as well. The pigment which is responsible for the color of our skin is called melanin and it is located in the upper skin layer.
When skin is exposed to UV light, these rays speed up the production of this pigment, which leads to a tan. The darkening of the skin serves to prevent UV rays from doing damage to the deeper skin layers.
Therefore, these spots commonly appear on those areas which have been exposed to the sun longer, where melanin is produced in greater amounts.
Logically, proper sun protection would prevent the appearance of age spots. Light-colored or fair skin types are more susceptible to age spots, and if you have a history of intense or frequent sun exposures or sunburn — you will be more prone to them.
Even though they are harmless, the age spots may change appearance, thus you need to consult our doctor. That may be a sign of melanoma. You have to visit a doctor in case your spots are:
– Rapidly increases in size – Irregular border – Unusual color combination – Dark pigment – Accompanied by tenderness, redness, itching, or bleeding
AGE SPOTS HOME REMEDY
Treatment for age spots can include medications such as bleaching creams, laser therapy, freezing, dermabrasion or chemical peels. If you’re unhappy with your age spots, there is a much more natural option to help lighten them.
This method is presented by Dr. Doug Willen, the author of Quantum Paleo. It uses apple cider vinegar and onion juice. The first one contains alpha hydroxy acids which eliminate dead skin while the latter is very effective at neutralizing free radicals in the body.
PREPARATION AND USE:
– Dice one fresh onion, and then use a mortar and pestle to pulverize it.
– Place the pieces in a blender, add the apple cider vinegar. Make sure you use organic, raw, unfiltered vinegar for this remedy.
– Blend until you get a homogeneous mixture.
– Then, apply this combination on the age spots using a cotton ball.
Furthermore, remember to use sunscreen to protect your skin. The following video will provide more information on this procedure for removing age spots, so watch it out!