Age spots are an inevitable part of the aging process, and lucky are those who do not have any in their golden ages. These are sort of small, light brown or skin tone spots. They are common on the hands, shoulders, arms and face, which means pretty much every part of the body that is constantly exposed to sun. Their size varies, and they do keep growing.
Why do age spots appear?
We all spend some time in the sun, regardless of whether it is tanning or not. Even if you use the greatest sunscreen you can get, your skin is not always protected. Age spots develop over time, sometimes within a decade. Melanin gives skin its natural color. Sun stimulates the production of melanin, so every time you go out in the sun, your skin gets a darker tone. Excessive exposure to sun damages skin and spots appear in the very same spots where melanin has been overly produced.
Can you prevent the occurrence of age spots?
Protect your skin from the sun whenever possible. Always apply a high SPF sunscreen and do not forget to put a hat on. Wear loose clothes. If you have a pale skin tone or have been dealing with sunburns for a while, you are at a higher risk of getting the brown spots.
Are these spots life-threatening?
Absolutely not, but you may want to consult your doctor if you notice any changes in their color or size. Dermatologists can help you as well. Ask for a professional advice and help if the aging spots:
- Change color
- Change shape
- Develop irregular and odd border
- Grow fast
- Cause itchiness, redness, soreness, tenderness and bleeding
How can you get rid of your aging spots?
You can try several professional treatments such as chemical peeling, laser therapy, freezing or bleaching, but sometimes these cost a fortune, and usually involve toxic material.
The best home treatments for aging spots
Dr. Doug Willen, the author of Quantum Paleo, recommends the greatest home remedy for age spots. It is quick and easy to do, it uses natural ingredients and the most important, it does miracles! All you need is an onion and some apple cider vinegar.
Why are onions good for your aging spots?
Antioxidants in onions neutralize the damaging effect of free radicals in the body.
Why is apple cider vinegar effective in the treatment of brown spots?
Apple cider vinegar is a miraculous ingredient. Its alpha hydroxyl acids have the capacity to remove dead skin.
Peel and dice the onion, then work it using your pestle. Pour in the vinegar. You can also use your high speed blender for this purpose.
Transfer the mixture in a glass container.
Use a cotton ball to apply it on your aging spots.
Treat your spots every day for about 10 days.
Your spots will get smaller and eventually disappear.
Source: Time For Natural Health Care