Men and women over the age of 40 are prone to age spots on their hands. Age spots are also called liver spots. They are brown colored marks resulting from too much exposure to the sun. These discolored marks are collections of melanin found in the upper layer of the skin. The good news is that age spots are superficial. And as such, these can be removed through different treatment methods.
Going to the dermatologist is very expensive. Bleaching creams, although more affordable can still put a dent in your wallet. There are home remedies you can make that can be effective in removing age spots.
Make Your Own Home Remedies
There are a few home remedies you can make to treat age spots. These are:
- Lemon juice. Squeeze one lemon into a container. Soak a cotton pad into the acid. Apply the soaked cotton pad on the age spots. If done twice a day for eight weeks, you will notice that the spots will eventually fade.
- Castor oil. Dip a cotton pad in castor oil. Apply the cotton pad on the age spots two times a day for a month. The age spots should lighten after treatment.
- Apple cider vinegar and onion. Squeeze the juice from one finely chopped onion by passing it through a strainer. Mix equal parts of onion juice and apple cider vinegar. Apply the mixture directly on the brown spots using a cotton pad. Do this once daily until the spots have completely disappeared. Within 6 weeks, you should notice some improvement. You can speed up the process by mixing 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into a mug of water. Drink this two times a day for one month. Add honey to sweeten the mixture if necessary.
- Aloe vera. Rub aloe vera juice or gel on the age spots two times a day for a month. If necessary, extend the treatment until the spots have considerably lightened or disappeared.
Other Treatment Methods
If all the home remedies fail, then you can consider the following treatments:
- Freezing. A dermatologist applies a process called cryotherapy in removing age spots. The age spots on the hand are sprayed gently with liquid nitrogen. This is allowed to sit for a few weeks. This new layer eventually peels off resulting in lighter skin.
- Laser treatment. To lighten the age spots, a dermatologist uses a pigment removal laser. The age spots turn a shade of gray then forms a brown crust. The crust sloughs off showing pinkish skin underneath. This skin blushing eventually fades matching the shade of the surrounding skin.
- Chemical peels. Acidic solutions help lighten age spots. These solutions peel away the brown spots resulting in lighter skin.
- Bleaching creams. There are over the counter as well as prescription creams that claim to remove or lighten age spots. These usually contain potent bleaching lotion that helps bring back the original shade of the skin.
Age spots are harmless but can cause a level of annoyance especially for the more skin conscious individual. The best treatment for age spots is prevention. Apply sunscreen lotion on your face, neck, arms and hands 15 minutes before going out into the sun. Even if it is not sunny, wear sunscreen as the sun’s rays penetrate clouds. Make sure that you use a lotion or spray that has an SPF level of 15 or more. Take care of your skin and it will take care of you.