When people get older, age spots start to appear on the skin. They are black or brown, tan and flat spots which vary in size and are usually seen on hands, arms, shoulders and the face. The reason why they appear exactly on these areas is because they are the ones which are mostly exposed to sun exposure. Age spots usually appear in adults who are over the age of 50, but they can also appear in the young adults as well, especially if they are exposed to sun for longer period.
The main factor for their appearance is a long period of sun exposure. Moreover, age spots can appear due to the use of tanning beds. Melanin is actually the pigment in the skin’s upper layer that gives the skin its normal color. However, when the skin comes in contact with the UV light, the rays accelerate the melanin production thus creating a tan on the skin in order to help to protect the skin’s deeper layers from damage that is cause by the UV rays.
Proper protection from the sun is probably the best defense against the appearance of age spots. People who have light-colored skin or fair skin are more prone to age spots, or those who have intense or frequent history of sunburns or sun exposure.
Even though age spots are harmless, sometimes they start changing which means you should consult your doctor immediately because they may indicate melanoma. For instance, if your age spots is darkly pigmented or is increasing in size rapidly (accompanied by bleeding, tenderness, redness or itching, has an unusual color combination or irregular border), make sure to visit your doctor immediately.
Age spots- home remedy
Many people tend to get rid of age spots so they use medications like chemical peels, dermabrasion, bleaching creams, laser therapy and freezing. However, there are more natural ways which will help you lighten them and they are safer as well.
Dr. D. Willen, the author of “Quantum Paleo”, provided a natural solution to age spots. All he suggests is to mix onion juice and apple cider vinegar. The ACV has the ability to remove the dead skin and reveal the underneath healthy skin due to is alpha hydroxyl acids.
This is what you have to do:
In order to prepare this natural solution, you need to dice one onion and use a pestle or mortar to pulverize it. After that, put the onion into a blender, add the ACV and blend them well. Once prepared, soak a cotton ball in it and apply it to the age spots.
In order to get the best benefits, make sure to use raw, organic ACV and don’t forget to use natural sunscreen.