Age Spots: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment
One of the drawbacks of the aging process on your skin can be the appearance of age spots. While the pigment in your skin is produced by melanin, any exposure to ultraviolet or UV light accelerates melanin production. At the same time, the aging process itself can also increase the production of melanin. Age spots are also known as liver spots or sun spots.
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Causes and Symptoms
Too much exposure to the sun. Sunlight is very beneficial but over exposure can lead to sunburn. Protect those vulnerable areas (the face and the hands) by keeping them shaded from the sun. A selenium deficiency can be another cause. Selenium is an essential trace mineral that plays an important role in protecting cells from free radicals. Raw Brazil nuts are a good source of selenium.
Another reason can be a deficiency in potassium. This can be avoided by including potassium-rich foods in your diet - apricots, avocados, bananas, cantaloupe, dates, figs, kiwi fruit and melons. A healthier lifestyle will always help with improving any type of unwanted condition so, along with those fresh fruits, include as many raw fruits and vegetables as possible while making sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water to keep the system cleansed. Always make a conscious effort to avoid or eliminate processed foods, junk and fast foods, sodas, sweets, sugar, caffeine, alcohol and tobacco.
Age spots are usually harmless but, with any skin condition that changes in appearance, it is advisable to have these changes checked by a dermatologist or doctor. For example, age spots becoming irregularly shaped, itchy, tender or even growing larger should be checked. An unusual combination of colors is something else to look out for. Common in age spots is dryness, roughness and even thinning of the skin where they occur. If your medical practitioner is worried that a dark area is not an age spot, he/she may perform a biopsy. A small piece of skin will be removed and checked for any abnormalities.
Treatment of Age Spots
Many people find age spots unsightly and would like to have them removed, particularly when there is dryness, roughness and even thinning of the skin at the site of the age spot. You don't have to live with age spots if you would rather not. There are several methods for such removal including chemical peel, dermabrasion, electrosurgery, laser treatment, cryotherapy - or you can go for a more natural, gentler route which can be less expensive and risky but still come with successful results. Over the counter or prescription bleaching creams are not recommended because of their harshness to skin and even dangerous toxins. There is no need to accept age spots as inevitable.
There are several medical procedures that can treat age spots. As any medical procedure can carry a risk of side effects, you need to ask your medical practitioner what these are. Medical procedures for age spots include:
Laser treatment to destroy the cells that produce melanin. Chemical peels burn the outer layer of your skin, allowing new skin to grow in its place. Dermabrasion which sands off the outer layers of the skin so new skin can grow. Cryosurgery which freezes age spots with liquid nitrogen.
Some women will use cosmetics to successfully conceal age spots but it is not recommended to use over-the-counter or prescription bleaching creams because they can be harsh and even toxic to the skin. Bleaching creams usually take several months to fade age spots. During this time of use, your skin will be even more sensitive to UV damage.
A Safer and More Gentle Alternative Age Spot Remover
Healing Natural Oils has produced the H-Age Spots Formula to diminish the appearance of age spots quickly by evening out skin tone and working to fade those dark spots. The formula has the highest quality homeopathic ingredients and natural essential oils (extracted from plants), allowing for deep penetration and to assist in balancing skin tone to get a more even tone without the use of harmful additives or chemicals.
Finally, any unwanted skin condition will improve and benefit with a healthier lifestyle. Include plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and other whole foods in your diet while making sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water to keep the system cleansed. Avoid, eliminate or at least limit processed foods, junk and fast foods, sodas, sweets, sugar, caffeine, alcohol and tobacco.
Other guides on skin conditions:
Lee NC. (2015). 6 tips for healthy aging.
womenshealth.gov/blog/healthy-aging-tips. (Accessed February, 5 2021)
American Academy of Dermatology. How do dermatologists treat warts?. https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/contagious-skin-diseases/. (Accessed February 8, 2021)
Microdermabrasion. American Academy of Dermatology. https://www.aad.org/cosmetic/age-spots-marks/microdermabrasion-overview. (Accessed February 8, 2021)