Age Spot

Age spot, also referred to as liver spots, are dark blotches that appear on the skin as one ages. Although they can appear on any part of the body, they mostly appear on the prominent parts of the body like the face, arms and the neck. They are benign and completely harmless and therefore should not be mistaken for any kind of a serious skin ailment like cancer.

What causes age spot? The condition is due to the accumulation of waste within the body cells lipofuscin. This waste is harmful to body cells and destroys them, something that could easily lead to more serious conditions.

The lipofuscin accumulation is usually brought about by poor diet, smoking, lack of exercise, improper functioning of the body and a lot of exposure to the harmful ultra violet rays of the sun. The latter causative factor explains why the condition is common among old people, since they are the ones who have had the most exposure to the sun’s rays.

The skin has melanin that protects it from the ultra violet rays of the sun. Over-exposure to the rays causes irregular production of melanin in the skin and dark blotches appear. Therefore, it is important to avoid over-exposure to the sun’s rays so as to prevent the appearance of age spot on the skin.

In some isolated cases, age spot have developed into skin cancer. Apart from that, the blotches are usually very embarrassing especially when they appear on the prominent body parts like the face and arms. These two factors are the reason why one should get rid of age spot as soon as possible.

There are many treatment methods that can be used to completely remove the spot. These methods range from simple home remedies that can be carried out at no cost at all to complicated treatments that are only carried out by professional dermatologists.

One of these methods, for example, is the use of hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is a bleaching agent and when applied on light skin, it is very effective in completely removing age spot. This bleaching property, however, means that it cannot be used on dark skin and kojic acid can be used instead.

Laser therapy is one of the most effective treatment options for age spot. But this treatment option comes at a high price and that is probably why it is mostly used by celebrities.

 

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