Treating age spots as we get older can be very easy in some cases, and very difficult in other cases.
It will all depend on how much time we have spent in the sun over our lifetimes, as this is the primary cause of them.
There is a lot of misconception about them and one of the largest is that they only affect women and are very rare in men.
The truth is they can and do affect men just as commonly as women, as men spend more time outdoors than women do with jobs and activities.
The other misconception is that they are not dangerous.
Although this is true, we all need to be 100% certain as we begin this aging process, that they are indeed liver spots, and not something much more sinister.
When treating age spots, it is helpful to understand exactly what they are, and why tending to them is important to us cosmetically.
Here are some interesting facts.
However, what might not be as well known is that they can also form in clusters, and become much larger in appearance, if you do not treat them right away.
If, and this is a huge if, especially as we all get older, they begin to spread rapidly, have several different colors other than those mentioned, or begin to bleed, they are not liver spots.
Once any of these symptoms do begin to surface, you need to seek medical attention as quickly as possible.
There is, however, another misconception with them; they only affect fair skinned people.
If you are fair skinned, especially if you have or had blond or red hair at one point in your life, you are a lot more likely to develop them.
However, if you have a family history or you have spent a huge amount of time exposed to the sun, it does not make any difference what tone your skin is.
This is what makes a lot of men that work outdoors in construction for example, prime targets.
As we all begin to age, it is never too late to protect against them, and if you are 50 years old or older, the best method of treating them is to use a good sunscreen.
If you serious about treating age spots and they are just beginning to surface, we all need to go back to that “if”, and make absolutely certain they are liver spots and not something much worse.
The reason for this is simple; they can look a lot like skin cancer,
As we all begin to age, cancer is on our minds in some form. We all have family, friends, as well as spouses who have experienced it.
Melanoma, better known as skin cancer, is one thing we all must be concerned with, and there are warning signs the will show us the difference in treating age spots.
They include the following.
If you see any of these symptoms, it is most likely melanoma and not liver spots.
Melanoma can treated in most all cases if, and there is the word if again, if it is caught and corrected very early.
Symmetry is very important as liver spots will look the same on both sides; melanoma does not.
Liver spots also have a regular appearing border, and again, melanoma does not. They are also only one color; either brown, flat tan, or black,
If it is melanoma, it will be more than one color. However, do not panic if they are black, as this is very common.
The most chilling of all the warning signs is when there is any type of sudden changes such as it becoming painful, bleeding, or suddenly itching.
Itching skin is very common especially in our 70’s and 80’s, but any type of a sudden itching condition is never a good sign.
In treating age spots there are a couple more things that are helpful as there are two more conditions that we will need to rule out.
They include the following.
Moles are not always raised, as they can also be flat and they can also appear anywhere on our body.
Liver spots will only affect our face, arms, hands or shoulders, the areas most affected by the sun.
The treatments for age spots will include both conventional as well as some good old fashioned home remedies, which have been used for hundreds of years.
Here are the conventional forms
These treatments for age spots starts with prescription bleaching creams that are in most cases used in conjunction with mild steroids.
This form is very effective and generally takes about 8-10 months to work.
Laser and light therapy treatments will almost completely destroy the cells causing these liver spots, and is very safe and effective, but can be expensive.
Freezing is also very effective but will only affect one spot at a time. Chemical peels are also an option, but again can be expensive.
The natural forms of treatments for age spots include the following.
The first form, lemon juice, is a natural form of bleach for our skin as we get older, and has been passed down for generations.
The citric acid found in this natural form is jammed packed with antioxidants, and it helps to bring the affected areas back to life.
Simply apply lemon juice with a cotton pad twice and day on the affected areas for about 6 weeks, and then step back and watch the results.
Castor oil has been used for years by our parents and grandparents, and there is a reason why.
It naturally helps to take the “texture” out of these spots and make them smooth and not nearly as dark.
Aloe Vera juice is well known for soothing our skin as well as our stomach, but it can also help with this as well.
It is a powerful aid in reducing scars and abrasions as it rejuvenates our skin cells, and it does the same thing for this annoying condition.
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