Everyone hates age spots, especially age spots on the face! Well, the cosmetic industry loves them; just look at all the expensive creams and lotions on the shelves. Rich women used to bathe in milk to get rid of the spots. Age spots (“Solar lentigo”) are also known as liver spots. They often appear on fair-skinned people who spent too much time in the sun, suffering skin damage. However, the spots can appear on people of all skin types.
After 40, the skin is unable to regenerate as rapidly. Spots can be light brown, reddish brown or black and are normally flat, although some people report raised spots. Dermatologists treat spots with retinol, HQ creams, chemical peels and spot treatments, microdermabrasion, laser treatments and light therapy. The biggest danger the spots present is that they could hide skin cancer. Any spots which change color, size, texture or bleed should be looked at by a dermatologist.
Treating Age Spots on the Face
Apple cider vinegar is the most widely used natural treatment and is safe to use on age spots on the face. It is normally applied to the spot and rinsed off after a few minutes. This seems to be a natural ‘peel’. Some mix it with onion juice. Castor oil is also used and may be left on overnight. Lemon juice is another common treatment, usually dabbing a little on several times a day. Some use a mixture of the above. The skin is the largest organ we have, and it only makes sense not to abuse it. Too much sunshine, especially for those over 40, will almost certainly make age spots worse. Improved nutrition is always reflected in the skin, so a multi-prong approach may work best.
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