Age spots should have been called sun spots, but I’m sure whom ever came up with the name is very proud of it.
These spots are a result of damage done to the color producing skin cells due to years of over exposure to the sun’s damaging ultra violet rays. Age spots usually become a problem for people in their forties to fifties. They usually set up shop on the backs of your hands. The cells that are damaged are called melanocytes, and when their damaged, they begin to overproduce color.
Many people try to lighten age spots, but to no avail, because once you lighten them they seem to come right back again. If you’re currently in the process of trying to get rid of age spots, make sure you wear a sunblock equipped with an SPF of 15 on any part of your body that’s spotted or is going to be exposed to the sun.
Try these alternative remedies for getting rid of age spots:
Help fade age spots with aromatherapy
Lemon and benzoin both have essential oils that have bleaching properties, which can aid in the treatment of age spots. You can mix 2 to 3 drops of the essential oils with almond oil, and then you can use the mixture on your age spots at least twice a day.
Use a solution of Licorice and Glycolic acid
A beauty product that makes use of both licorice and glycolic acid extract works wonders on age spots, they lighten and in some cases erase them.
Natural sugar acids that come from citrus, papaya and other foods make up glycolic acid, which helps to exfoliate the outer layers of the skin. On the other hand, licorice does its thing by bleaching the spot. If you find a beauty product with those two ingredients, just follow the instructions that are available on the label.
Use honey and yogurt to make natural bleach
Help lighten age spots by making natural bleach with honey and yogurt. Add one teaspoon of yogurt to one teaspoon of honey and mix them thoroughly. Apply the concoction to the affected areas and let dry for no less than thirty minutes. After thirty minutes, you can wash off; try to this at least once a day.
Promote healthy cell growth with gotu kola
Gotu kola is an herb that can help lighten age spots by promoting healthy cell growth and the production of collagen, which is a protein that clamps skin together. To get the best results of this herb, you can use the tincture or capsule form. You can take one capsule daily, or you can add 1 dropper of the tincture to ¼ of water, which you’ll take no more than 3 times daily.
For the most part, age spots are really a cosmetic problem and not so much a medical problem. It is not a threat to your health. However, if you so desire, they can be removed medically with the use of bleaches, laser surgery, or liquid nitrogen.
Unfortunately, in extremely rare cases, the area of an age spot can develop a deadly cancer by the name of melanoma. Make a visit to your doctor if you notice one of your age spots or the surrounding area turns black and is irregular in shape. This is a sign of melanoma.