“Age spots” or “liver spots” are tan, flat, black or brown spots on the skin, which may vary in size. They can appear on the hands, arms, face, and shoulders. Mainly on the areas which are mostly exposed to the sun.
Even though they mostly appear on the skin of people who are older than 50, they can also be found on the skin of young adults, especially if they stay in the sun for long.
What Causes Age Spots?
Years of exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun could be the reason for age spots. Also if you use a tanning bed you can contribute to the age spot’s development. The pigment in the upper layer of the skin that gives your skin its normal color is called melanin. When UV light comes in contact with the skin, the rays accelerate the production of melanin, creating a tan on the skin to help protect deeper layers of skin from damage caused by UV rays. Age spots appear on areas of the skin that have had frequent and prolonged sun exposure because the melanin is produced in particularly high concentrations.
The question is, what is your best defense against age spots? You have to protect yourself properly from the sun. Anyone can develop age spots, but there are more chances to get them if you have light-colored or fair skin, or if you have a history of frequent or intense sun exposure or sunburns.
If you notice spots that have changed in appearance, you have to check in with a doctor. It may be a sign of melanoma.
It is necessary to consult your doctor in the case your age spot:
has quickly grown in size
is darkly pigmented
is accompanied by redness, bleeding, itching, tenderness
is unusually colored
has an irregular border.
Home Remedy for Age Spots
You can take medications such as bleaching creams, laser therapy, freezing, dermabrasion or chemical peels.
According to Dr. Doug Willen, apple cider vinegar mixed with onion juice is the best solution for this. Onion contains several antioxidant compounds that help to neutralize free radicals in the body.
The other ingredient in this concoction, apple cider vinegar, contains alphahydroxyacids that will remove dead skin and reveal the healthy skin underneath. Many swear by using it on their skin to maintain a natural glow.So here’s how it works:
Take one fresh onion and dice it.
Pulverize it using a mortar and pestle.
Put the liquefied onion into a blender.
Add in the apple cider vinegar and blend.
Use a cotton ball to apply the remedy to your age spots.