Age spots” or “liver spots” are tan, flat, black or brown spots on the skin, which may differ 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 primarily appear on the skin of people who are older than 50, they can also be found on the skin of young people, especially if they stay in the sun for long.
These age spots are often a result of years of exposure to the sun and its ultraviolet rays, but tanning beds may also cause their appearance. Age areas are a collection of Melanin, the pigment situated in the upper skin layer which provides the skin color.
When the skin is exposed to UV light, these rays accelerate the production of this pigment, which results in a tan. The darkening of the skin serves to prevent UV rays from doing damage to the deeper skin layers.
Therefore, these spots often appear on those areas which have been exposed to the sun longer, where melanin is produced in higher amounts.
Logically, proper sun protection would prevent the appearance of age areas. Light-colored or fair skin types are more susceptible to age areas, and if you have a history of intense or frequent sun exposures or sunburn– you will be more vulnerable to them.
Generally, these spots are not dangerous. However, if you see that a few of them have changed in appearance, you should visit your doctor and examine the reason.
It is necessary to consult your doctor if your age spots:
- Have quickly grown in size
- Are darkly pigmented
- Are accompanied by redness, bleeding, itching, tenderness
- Are unusually colored
- Have an irregular border.
Generally, these age spots are treated with freezing, laser treatment, bleaching creams, chemical peels, or a dermabrasion. Yet, before you decide to try surgical alternatives, you should try a few of the effective natural methods for removing age spots.
The author of Quantum Paleo, Dr. Doug Willen, has discovered a quick natural solution to the appearance of these spots on the skin, and it consists of onion juice and apple cider vinegar.
Onions are abundant in anti-oxidants which neutralize the step of free radicals. Apple cider vinegar has alpha hydroxy acids, which efficiently remove dead skin cells and reveal the healthy skin layer beneath. The use of this mix has been reported to provide a healthy glow to the skin as well.
This is how to prepare it:
- Dice one fresh onion, and after that use a mortar and pestle to pulverize it.
- Place the pieces in a mixer, add the apple cider vinegar. Make sure you use organic, raw, unfiltered vinegar for this solution.
- Mix until you get a homogeneous mixture.
- Then, apply this mix on the age spots using a cotton ball.