How to Get Rid of Age Spots

How to Get Rid of Age Spots

They say that a living life to the fullest is a life well-lived. Throwing all caution to the air and living without regrets is the only way really experience life. But as we age, our minds may still think we are young but our bodies tell us that we have to face the truth. And these signs of aging can show as early as we hit 40. Some of us may feel great but may notice minor changes on our skin like uneven tones of color , it may be a shade darker or lighter, or some almost a red cherry or red wine color. We call them age spots as they often times show up in older persons. These age spots are commonly found on areas of the skin which are often exposed to the heat of direct sunlight. Sun radiation may cause pigment or melanin deposits on our skin and over exposure t the sun further makes the red color more pronounced.

Getting sunburned often while you were younger makes your risk of showing age spots greater. Though they are mostly benign or do not cause harm to your body, they may seem unsightly even more so if they start to show on your face. Some shades may seem lighter and can be easily ignored but the darker colored ones may need to be covered by make-up. However, since both men and women are pre-disposed to showing age spots, most men will not wear makeup. There are a lot of ways to get rid of age spots and the most permanent ways are to either do micro-surgery or remove the thin layer of discolored skin or to have laser therapy on areas of the face to make the shade a little lighter to completely remove traces of it.

Laser treatment seems to be the most preferred choice for both men and women who want to get rid of age spots. Laser therapies are non-invasive, well-tolerated, more precise and less damaging to the surrounding skin. They can be done right in the dermatologist’s clinic and patients can directly go home and take a shower a few hours after treatment. Bleaching treatment may be cheaper and creams and ointments can be easily bought over the counter at most pharmacies but the reaction to different types of skin may vary from mild to adverse. Patients are advised to try a little on an inconspicuous area of the skin like the forearm or shin and wait awhile in case a reaction occurs. Skin rashes may develop further adding color and is a cause for concern. At this point, wash it off right away and do not continue using the product.

Age spots are also called liver spots. They are called such because the color of the skin is almost similar to the color of the liver, but in reality, age spots or liver spots do not have anything to do with the liver at all and is not a sign of any liver disease. A person with liver diseases like hepatitis or cirrhosis turns yellow both on the skin (jaundice) and on the sclera (the white part) of the eye.