Age Spots

Age spots is a skin condition that is mostly common in old people. It is characterized by dark blotches on the skin, especially on body parts that are exposed to the sun’s rays. This is due to the fact that over-exposure to the sun’s rays is one of the causes of the condition. Although the blotches are benign and harmless, they can also develop into skin cancer. This however, is not common. But that does not mean that the condition should be ignored.

At cellular level, agespots are 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. This 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.

Melanin that is found in the skin is responsible for the protection of the body 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 spots on the skin.

Apart from the fact that age spots could develop into cancer, 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 spots as soon as possible.

In regards to this, there are many treatments options that an individual can choose from. These options 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 spots. This bleaching property, however, means that it cannot be used on dark skin and kojic acid can be used instead.

Other common treatment options for agespots include the use of aloe Vera, laser treatment, Vitamin C treatment, Vegetable juice treatment etc.

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