Removing age spots is a beauty treatment you can do for yourself.
This is one part of aging I don’t like, apart from wrinkles.
These spots that appear on the backs of hands, arms, shoulders, upper back, chest, and top of the feet.
Age spots are very common over the age of 40, I noticed these spots around this age. I first observed them on the back of my hands, which is a very common place for these spots to show up.
Many will look for home remedies for age spots, which is cheaper, easy to do and a very effective way of getting rid of them. Removing age spots is a personal choice, they are not life-threatening and don’t need any treatment.
Fair-skinned people who spend a lot of time in the sun are quite susceptible to these spots. Although they can appear no matter what your skin type.
These spots on your body are also called sun spots or liver spots. However, they have nothing to do with the health of the liver. The color of the spots can range anywhere between light brown, dark brown to red and are usually flat in appearance.
Men who are balding may discover age spots on their head.
Young people are at risk to age spots if they spend too much time in the sun. Smoking, poor diet, lack of exercise or ultraviolet light from tanning salons will give to sun spots.
If any of the spots change shape and color it is best to have them checked by your doctor. He may suggest removing age spots.
You may notice these spots on your face, which is a real nuisance, they can certainly make you feel like you’re looking older.
I have a small red one on the top of my forehead, it has been there for years. It’s not really noticeable so I have just left it alone.
Sometimes depending on how I have styled my hair if the red spot is noticeable I will color it brown with an eyeliner or eyebrow pencil to make it look like a beauty spot!
To help prevent these spots it is a good idea to put on a mineral sunscreen, anywhere you expose yourself to UV rays. Age spots generally appear on parts of the body most exposed to the sun.
Types Of Procedures For Removing Age Spots
Laser therapy is often recommended, I have not tried this, a friend of mine had the laser on a particularly large age spot on her face.
The laser treatment did help lighten the spot, although, after some time, it came back again.
Chemical peels are another option, there are many different types of peels on offer.
Some Beauty Salons may offer natural peels with fruit enzymes from pineapple or papaya.
Scarring may occur if not done by someone experienced. A TCA peel is usually the best remedy for removing age spots.
Microdermabrasion is a popular treatment for liver spots, it does have its pros and cons. It requires repeated treatments by an experienced professional.
The process involves blasting the skin to exfoliate the top layer.
If you are looking for a medical option, laser, bleaching or using a cream is on offer.
Over The Counter And Prescription Creams For Removing Age Spots
Hydroquinone is often recommended for getting rid of these spots. It is a bleaching agent (skin lightener) and bought over the counter.
Although, the amount of hydroquinone cream in an over the counter brand may not contain enough ingredient for it to work.
A prescription strength of 4% will be more successful.
I would be careful using hydroquinone over a long period. There have been some studies to suggest it acts as a cancer-causing chemical.
Retin A Cream often used for getting rid of wrinkles works the same way as hydroquinone.
Again it depends on the strength of Retin A you are using. There have been some instances where the cream has either exaggerated the look of the sunspots or not helped at all.
When using creams for removing age spots such as Retin A and Hydroquinone, there is a 50% chance the spots will return.
A common ingredient found in many skin lightening creams is ‘extrapone nutgrass‘. This is extremely effective in helping to fade age spots.
When buying a product with this particular ingredient, be mindful of the amount of extrapone nutgrass.
Many companies will put in the minimal amount, and you will not achieve the results you are after.
It pays to do some research and find yourself a good brand. Do a search online, you are sure to find what you need.
As mentioned earlier, don’t buy products laden with chemicals, this will only counteract the effects of the extrapone nutgrass.
This is a plant-based ingredient and is very safe and effective when used for removing age spots.
Home Remedies For Age Spots
- This is an oldie but a goodie; apply lemon juice twice a day, leave on for 30 min.
- Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply to spots for around 20 min every day, or you can dab it on spots and leave overnight.
- Oregano oil or castor oil dabbed on spots morning and night.
- Apply Manuka honey twice a day for 20 min and then wash off. Buy 16+ manuka honey.
- Emu oil applied twice a day, morning and night, is very effective.
- Vitamin E oil twice a day, if you have any vitamin E capsules, just use these. This vitamin is a common remedy for removing age spots.
- Combine equal measures of honey and plain yoghurt.
- If you have an aloe vera plant growing, you can rub a little on your skin directly from the plant.
- Take a Selenium supplement, studies have shown it may help decrease the damage of skin cells, and protect your skin from UV radiation.
- Soak a cotton ball in Colloidal Silver and apply to age spots, for greater effect, put a bandage on the soaked cotton ball.
Of all the above home remedies for age spots, I think colloidal silver is best one. I managed to get rid of the age spots on the backs of my hands using it.
I am now vigilant when it comes to rubbing sunscreen on my hands before I go out.
A home remedy for removing age spots is cheaper, just as effective and healthier.