by Charlotte Wood
(last updated October 19, 2015)
As you get older, then the development of age spots is often inevitable. Age spots are called a variety of names, including liver spots, solar lentigines, or senile lentigines, and they aren't usually welcomed on one's skin. If you have developed age spots on your skin, you may be wanting to get rid of them, and here are a few tips for you to try so you can rid yourself of unsightly liver spots. Age spots can appear just about anywhere on your skin: hands, face, back, feet. Knowing that they can appear in most visible places, you should also know that getting rid of those age spots isn't easy and will take time, so you need to have patience. If can you commit to being patient, then you are ready to rid yourself of those not so attractive liver spots!
There are a few different methods out there you can use to remove already-existing age spots. These methods include using Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), retinoids, and even chemical peels. AHAs comes from certain fruits and dairy products, comprising what most dermatologists consider the "ago spot creams." Working on not only age spots, but on scars and wrinkles as well, AHAs work to disintegrate the skin cells in the topmost layer of the skin, allowing newer cells to take the place of older, "spotted" cells.
Retinoids derive from vitamin A, and are often used to treat age spots. Naturally vitamin A works to regulate skin cell production, and when applied in concentrated amounts—like in retinoid creams—actually works to speed up the exfoliation of your skin, so your dead skin cells come off sooner than they normally would. By accelerating this process, retiniods often succeed in removing the age-spot-affected skin cells, allowing new and unaffected skin cells to come to the top layer.
Chemical peels are administered by a doctor, and should really only be administered in more extreme cases. If you want to go the chemical peel route, you should consult a dermatologist, and see if there are any other prescriptions or treatments that can be used; chemical peels can be damaging and if you can avoid them, you should avoid them. There are certain creams and treatments out there that work in a similar way to a chemical peel, and are usually less intense. Again, consult your dermatologist.
Once you've tackled your already-present age spots, you need to work on preventing future age spots. The best way to do this is to simply stay out of the sun as much as possible. Age spots are more often than not brought on by too much sun exposure; sun exposure not only gives you liver spots, but it also can give you cancer. Point being, don't worship the sun, and be careful in your sun exposure.
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