Age spots, liver spots, sun spots and brown spots, or however you refer to them, can affect your complexion and reduce your confidence.
These unattractive spots can make you feel older and you will want to get rid of them as soon as possible.
What Causes Age Spots?
However, your lifestyle is the primary cause of these spots and this means that you need to make some changes while also using cosmetic methods to reduce these spots and regain your clear complexion.
Spending time in the sun without properly protecting your skin is one of the most common reasons that you are now dealing with browns spots on your skin.
When you have excessive exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, this causes the cells in your skin that contain pigment to essentially go into overdrive. This works to protect your skin from the sun by getting darker.
Now, you know how you got these spots, but you surely care more about how to remove them. They will not go away on their own so there are things that you need to do to start improving your complexion and getting rid of the age spots that are plaguing your skin.
There are some removal techniques that you can consider to enjoy better skin:
Get a Chemical Peel
A trained professional will administer your chemical peel to ensure that it is done right. This procedure can cause some discomfort, but it is not a complex procedure.
The person doing it will mix the proper chemicals, apply them to your problem areas and then the chemicals work to burn off the top layer of your skin. To stop the burning, the professional puts a neutralising agent on top and then you are able to leave. Healing time can take over a week, depending on the layers of skin treated.
During the healing process, it is not uncommon to have some swelling, pain and scabbing. Once you heal, the dark spots are gone, but some people do require several treatments to completely rid themselves of age spots.
If you have dark skin, a chemical peel may not be as effective as it is for those with lighter skin. There is also the risk for things like hypo-pigmentation, additional dark spots occurring and scarring of the skin.
Consider Laser Treatments
Laser treatments work like chemical peels in that they work to remove the layer of skin that is affected by age spots. In many cases, only one treatment is needed when you only have a few small spots. However, if your spots are deep, you may need another treatment to completely eliminate them.
The size of the treatment area will determine how long it takes you to heal.
If you have dark skin, lasers may not be helpful for dark spots. They can cause issues like light spots, small scars and pigmentation spots.
Look at Dermabrasion
A plastic surgeon or a dermatologist may perform dermabrasion. This involves essentially sandblasting off the top layer of your skin after giving you anaesthesia to help you relax. There is the potential for significant pain as you heal and new skin starts to grow.
This type of treatment can be performed on people of all skin tones, making it ideal for those who are not good candidates for chemical peels or lasers.
Think About Microdermabrasion
This is like dermabrasion, but the procedure is a bit more gentle and no anaesthesia is needed. You will recover in about 24 hours, but you may need to have multiple treatments done to completely get rid of the age spots that you have. This can also be used for those with all types of skin tones because it removes the top layer of the skin.
Explore Home Remedies
There are certain home remedies that people have used for several generations to help get rid of dark spots on your skin.
One of the most popular involves using toothpaste and lemon juice throughout the day to reduce the pigmentation of these spots. While some of these can be beneficial and they are generally safe, it can take several months before you notice any benefits.
Examine Skin Whitening Creams
There are creams available that you can consider to reduce the dark colour of the age spots on your skin. Some of these are available over-the-counter and some of these require a doctor’s prescription.
These creams have various chemicals that essentially work to bleach the colour of age spots so that they are not as dark. They may not completely get rid of the spots and you have to apply these religiously to get results.
Of course, since these contain chemicals, there is the risk for side effects and they may not be great for your skin.
There are natural options when it comes to skin whitening creams that can be effective. These tend to be safer than the chemical options that are available. These can take a lot of time to reduce your age spots because of the lack of chemicals, but on the other hand, they may be better for your skin. You will need to be patient and will need to apply these exactly as directed to ensure that you get the best results of the creams.
If age spots are not a problem for you right now, it is important that you do everything possible to prevent them from occurring.
Thankfully, wearing sunscreen on a daily basis and protecting your skin from the sun will go a long way in making sure that these spots do not occur.
If you are already developing age spots on your skin and you do not want to have to live with them, consider the options above to work to get rid of them.
Make sure that you fully evaluate the different options so that you can choose the one that is most likely to work with your skin type and colour. You also want to consider the overall cost, the necessary recovery time and the safety of each procedure before choosing.