What To Know About Age Spots

September 16, 2010

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Too much exposure to the sun can lead to having age spots, sun spots, liver spots or solar lentigines. Although exposure to the sun itself is not bad, when the skin absorbs too much ultraviolet radiation that damages skin cells, it can cause harm. These damaged cells build up, which causes brown spots to appear on skin. Everybody can have age spots, even though the name suggests that it is associated with old age.

Removing age spots could be a task and an expensive regimen, but there are also age spots treatments that are affordable.   Age spots on face and hands are common, but worry no more since there are many age spot remedies available.

The first thing you have to do is consult a doctor or dermatologist to see if it the spots are cancerous or not. Then, avoid too much sun exposure. That also includes tanning. Once you are sure that what you have are age spots, you can proceed to age spot removal. Laser treatments, for example Nd:YAG laser, are effective methods to cure age spots. Laser treatments decrease, and pain and scars are no more. They can cost too much however.

Skin whitening creams could help in age spot removal, so does some bleaching creams. Skin whitening or bleaching treatments could have some chemicals like hydroquinone or kojic acid. They may effectively fade age spots away if used correctly. You can also check the cream if it contains some vitamins for a healthy skin. There are also products with lycopene, for a pinkish glow.

You can also ask for a professional chemical peel. Chemical peels work by peeling off old skin to grow new skin cells. Alpha hydroxy acid peel is a good example of a chemical peel for age spots.

Another choice for age spot removal is microdermabrasion. The skin is scraped off by employing pressure to micro abrasive crystals. Another benefit of microdermabrasion is that uneven skin tone is also repaired.

Cryotherapy can also be used for age spot removal. Its side effect is a blemish.

Once you have your age spots removed, make sure they won’t return. Do this by using exfoliating creams or soaps on a frequent basis. Use a sunscreen whenever you have to do something outside.

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