Age spots, also known as liver spots, sun spots and lentigines, appear on parts of the skin that are exposed to the sun. They are black, brown or gray in color. They appear on the face, hands and shoulders. Usually age spots develop after 40, although it can appear even at an earlier age.
Age spot causes
Exposure to sunlight causes development of age spots. The ultraviolet rays of the sun trigger melanin production in the skin. Although, melanin gives the normal color to our skins, but excess amount of this pigment makes the skin darker, producing dark colored spots. Aging might also trigger production of excess melanin in the skin, producing age spots. Age spots are often a hereditary condition, running among close relatives in a family. People with light skin color are susceptible to age spots.
Age spot symptoms
Age spots are black, brown or gray colored flat spots. They might vary in size. Age spots might be over 1cm in diameter. Several age spots clustering together make the pigmentation appear large.
Age spots home remedies
Age spots make your skin look ugly. However, these spots are not harmful for your health. Age spots could be prevented by protecting your skin from the sunlight.
Regular application of sun protection lotions or crèmes of SPF greater than 15 can protect your skin from the harmful ultraviolet rays. Antioxidant rich diet can also prevent appearance of age spots.
Regular application of aloe vera gel on the age spots, at least twice daily, can gradually fade them. Aloe vera gel can also prevent development of age spot. Citrus fruit juices are also effective in healing age spots.
Fresh lemon juice is particularly useful for fading the spots. Age spots could also be healed by applying apple cider vinegar. To remove the age spots, mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink it daily. You can also reduce your age spots by applying onion juice on the spots.
Pigmentation can be reduced by applying crushed garlic on the age spots. Applying buttermilk or yogurt can improve the condition of your skin.