How To Prevent Age Spots From Getting Worse

Age spots develops from exposure to the sun. Melanin tends to get accrued up on skin due to too much sun exposure. The outcome is dark spots, popularly known as liver spots or age spots. Older people tend to have age spots. These spots can also appear on almost everywhere, especially the hands, face, arms and areas of the skin that gets more exposure to the sun.

Now, if you are one of those people who already have developed these age spots and you are at the age of 40 and above, following the tips mentioned below can help lessen the color and affected areas of your dark spots.

•    Get medical advice from a dermatologist.  You have to be sure that these are really age spots, and not something as worse as melanoma or skin cancer.
•    Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.   Ultraviolet rays from the sun are at its highest levels during 10 in the morning up to 4 in the afternoon. Use an umbrella, sunscreen or sunblock if possible.
•    Drink more water. Put more fruits and vegetables in your diet, specially the juicy and succulent ones.
•    Laser treatment may also prevent age spots from getting worse. However, this kind of treatment calls for high maintenance.

Age spot elimination comes in many forms. These can alleviate age spots. Some of these procedures are:

•    Laser therapy. The surface of the skin is not exfoliated with laser treatment. Only the cells affected by age spot are wiped out. There is also less pain involved. But this treatment costs a lot of money.
•    Cryotherapy. Cryotherapy employs extreme cold in removing age spots. The downside of this therapy is that it can also destroy nearby skin cells not affected by age spots.
•    Dermabrasion. There are two choices of dermabrasion, microdermabrasion or the classic dermabrasion. This involves the removal of the outer layer or skin surface. classic dermabrasion is more painful than microdermabrasion.
•    Chemical Peels. This involves the use of acids to peel off skin. Skin is renewed when it is peeled off. Glycolic acid is commonly used for this kind of treatment.

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