As people age, they worry more about the look of their skin.
Such concern may stem from the sudden appearance of wrinkles or something known as age spots.
It can be frustrating, especially if you have been caring for your skin through the years, to suddenly see these unpleasant signs of aging appear.
Age spots are very common and are usually the result of sun damage to the skin that has occurred over the years.
Fortunately, age spot removal is possible!
What Are Age spots?
These are caused by an irregular increase in melanin and occur in the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin).
They are generally not painful, but they can lead to a discoloration of the skin and range in color from a light brown to black.
Many people find the occurrence of these rather unsightly on their skin.
They are sometimes referred to as liver spots, yet they are completely unrelated to this organ, or any of its functions.
Main Causes Of Age Spots
When the skin becomes discolored it is due to an increase in pigmentation.
Some of the following are the main causes:
- Sun damage (including sun beds and tanning lights)
- Certain Antibiotics
- Foods that contain the chemical psoralens (these include parsnips, lime and parsley)
The foods listed above, along with some medications are responsible for increasing the sensitivity of the skin to sunlight.
This is another cause for skin discoloration.
The spots usually occur after the age of 40 and can be found on the hands, arms, face, and shoulders; skin areas that are most exposed to the sun.
Skin care products for age spots is becoming more common to help take care of this problem.
How To Get Rid Of Age Spots
There is usually no treatment required for age spots as they are harmless and do not cause any pain; however, they are unsightly for many women who care about the look and tone of their skin.
There are various skin care products for age spots.
They are available in the form of creams and lotions and will help minimize the appearance of the spots.
The ingredients you need to look out for in the products for the best results, include the following:
Micro-collagen – This can help minimize the spots.
Vitamin C – Helps the body produce more collagen and elastin.
Glycolic acid – Increase the rate at which your skin is shed, allowing for fresh new skin to regrow.
Rumux – This decreases the amount of melanin in the skin.
Vitamin E – This is an antioxidant that is found in many age spots products. It helps treat damaged skin cells by removing toxins.
Optional Treatment For Age Spots
There are other treatment options such as cryotherapy (freezing) and laser surgery, but they should only be an option to resort to if the age spots are causing you much distress.
Scarring is common with these type of treatments and may leave the skin looking worse than before.