How To Get Rid Of Age Spots
We all dream of youthful, flawless skin. It’s evident in how both men and women spend their money. The skin care industry is expected to exceed revenues of $11 billion in 2018. But no matter how much attention you spend on your mug, age spots are almost inevitable.
Those flat brown, gray or black spots on the skin are also called liver spots, senile lentigo, solar lentigines or sun spots. But no matter what you call them, it doesn’t sound any prettier. These discolorations are caused by an excess production of melanin (skin pigment). Aging and sun exposure – natural and ultraviolet (UV) light from tanning beds – are the two main causes.
Luckily, with patience, there are effective ways to prevent and get rid of age spots. We’ll break down some natural solutions and some more intensive treatments you can find at your local pharmacy or dermatologist’s office.
Stay out of the sun
This is a no-brainer, since one of the main causes of age spots is sun exposure. When outside, always where sunscreen, even on the days that aren’t as bright, and wear hats or scarves for extra protection when in direct light.
Apple cider vinegar
A natural alternative is applying apple cider vinegar (ACV) directly to the spot. It contains alpha hydroxyl acids and makes an excellent skin exfoliator.
If vinegar is too drying or you can’t deal with the scent, try castor oil. It’s known for its beneficial properties and has been proven effective in the treatment of age spots.
The citric acid in lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent and exfoliates the skin, reducing the appearance of sun spots.
Buttermilk is a soothing remedy that contains lactic acid, which not only helps to restore the skin, but diminishes age spots and make the skin healthier.
Look for creams that include bleaching agents such as hydroquinone, kojic acid, niacinamide, and arbutin. These ingredients are not effective for everyone and can sometimes irritate sensitive skin. Make sure to do a patch test on your arm before applying or check with your dermatologist first.
Better yet, visit your dermatologist’s office for laser treatments targeted to destroy the pigment of specific age spots. Laser treatments are your best bet if you’ve already tried lotions and potions that don’t work.
Chemical peels use mild acids that damage the outer skin layer. The healing process banishes some of the skin’s darker pigmentation. This isn’t always the best long-term option but can be beneficial with light or small spots.
Dermatologists can freeze age spots with a liquid nitrogen solution that causes the darkened skin to peel away from the body. The process is noninvasive with dramatic effects.
The natural treatments listed here take longer to work and do a better job of diminishing spots versus getting rid of them entirely. But each person will react differently to the same option, so take your time and do your own experimenting to find out what works best for you. It’s best and more affordable to try the natural cures first and work your way up to the more abrasive options. In the end, you’ll be glad when you’ve found the most successful way to erase those unwanted age spots!