“Age spots” or “liver spots” are tan, flat, black or brown spots on the skin, which may vary in size.
They can appear on the hands, arms, face, and shoulders. Mainly on the areas which are mostly exposed to the sun.
Even though they mostly appear on the skin of people who are older than 50, they can also be found on the skin of young adults, especially if they stay in the sun for long.
These age spots are mostly a result of years of exposure to the sun and its ultraviolet rays, but tanning beds may also cause their appearance. Age spots are a collection of Melanin, the pigment situated in the upper skin layer which gives the skin color.
When skin is exposed to UV light, these rays speed up the production of this pigment, which leads to a tan. The darkening of the skin serves to prevent UV rays from doing damage to the deeper skin layers.
Therefore, these spots commonly appear on those areas which have been exposed to the sun longer, where melanin is produced in greater amounts.
Logically, proper sun protection would prevent the appearance of age spots. Light-colored or fair skin types are more susceptible to age spots, and if you have a history of intense or frequent sun exposures or sunburn -- you will be more prone to them.
Typically, these spots are not dangerous. However, if you notice that some of them have changed in appearance, you should visit your doctor and examine the reason.
It is necessary to consult your doctor in the case your age spot:
- has quickly grown in size
- is darkly pigmented
- is accompanied by redness, bleeding, itching, tenderness
- is unusually colored
- has an irregular border.
Usually, these age spots are treated with freezing, laser therapy, bleaching creams, chemical peels, or a dermabrasion. Yet, before you decide to try surgical options, you should definitely try some of the effective natural ways for removing age spots.
The author of Quantum Paleo, Dr. Doug Willen, has discovered a fast natural solution to the appearance of these spots on the skin, and it consists of onion juice and apple cider vinegar.
A woman from Dallas has tried a remedy for age spots that she found on Youtube (you can find the video bellow), and believe or not she got amazing results. Her age spots and sun damage had disappeared!
Onions are rich in antioxidants which neutralize the action of free radicals. Apple cider vinegar has alpha hydroxy acids, which efficiently eliminate dead skin cells and reveal the healthy skin layer underneath. The use of this mixture has been reported to provide a healthy glow to the skin as well.
This is how to prepare it:
- Dice one fresh onion, and then use a mortar and pestle to pulverize it.
- Place the pieces in a blender, add the apple cider vinegar. Make sure you use organic, raw, unfiltered vinegar for this remedy.
- Blend until you get a homogeneous mixture.
- Then, apply this combination on the age spots using a cotton ball.
Furthermore, remember to use sunscreen to protect your skin. The following video will provide more information on this procedure for removing age spots, so watch it out!