November 19, 2014
by Denise L
Age spots are small brown, black or yellowish marks that appear mainly on the face, neck and hands of people as they grow older. They are caused mainly by years of sun exposure and usually start appearing after the age of forty. These spots usually don’t pose any kind of medical threat, however many people feel uncomfortable with their appearance.
If you have age spots and would like to get rid of them, there are three ways in which you can do this :
1. Over The Counter or Prescription Products
These products are applied directly to the affected parts of the skin. Some available options include:
Hydroquinone : This is a strong and effective bleaching cream which can greatly reduce the appearance of age spots on the face. However there are safety concerns surrounding this product, so definitely seek medical advice before you consider using this rather harsh treatment.
Retin-A : This is an generally an anti aging skin product. It is used for various problems associated with aging, such as wrinkles and age spots.
Products containing glycolic acid : This is a type of alpha hydroxyl acid which works by exfoliating the skin. It helps to get rid of age spots by revealing new skin.
Sunscreens : While sunscreen doesn’t get rid of existing age spots, using it will help you from getting more. Its use will also help give the other products you are using a better chance of success.
2. Home Remedies
These are natural remedies that you can do yourself at home using readily available ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen or which can be easily and inexpensively purchased.
Lemon juice : Contains citric acid, which can be used to bleach your age spots.
Buttermilk : Also contains citric acid and works in a similar fashion to lemon juice.
Honey and yogurt : Honey and yogurt are good for removing age spots on face and body.
Apple cider vinegar : It another important ingredient for use in age spot home remedies.
Aloe Vera : Is an effective treatment for many skin problems including getting rid of age spots.
3. Professional Skin Treatments
These are treatments carried out by medical professionals such as dermatologists or beauty salon therapists. Some of these procedures include :
Laser technology : Laser beams are used to penetrate the skin, which causes it to rejuvenate and this eliminates the spots of skin discoloration.
Microdermabrasion : This is a non-invasive method of treating the skin. It uses a special wand with pressure, which blasts crystals into the skin, exfoliating the top layer of the skin removing any marks and spots.
Chemical peel : A chemical peel dissolves the dead surface skin to allowing new skin to appear. After treatment the rejuvenated area is then neutralized to stop a further reaction on the new skin.