Liver spots which are also called aged spots, are spots that appear on the skin and are tan, flat, brown or black. Their size varies and they can appear at different parts of the body, like face, arms, hands and shoulders. Usually, they appear on parts of the body which are exposed to sunlight.
Age spots are characteristic for adult people, over 50 years, but they can appear also on young people if they had been exposed to sun to long.
What causes them?
One of the reasons for the occurrence of age spots is years of exposure on ultraviolet light from the sun.
Another contributor of their development is the more frequent use of tanning bed. The pigment that is responsible for our skin colour is melanin. When the ultraviolet light comes in contact with our skin, the pigment’s production gets accelerated by the rays. In that way a tan which will protect the deeper skin layers from UV damage is created.
Since the melanin is produced at large amounts, age spots appear on those places of the skin which have prolonged and frequent sun exposure. Proper protection from the sun is always the best solution.
Liver or age spots can appear on everyone’s skin, but especially on those that have fair or light colored skin.
Liver spots are harmless, but if they start to change their shape and appearance, you better consult your doctor. It might be an illness called melanoma. Go to the doctor as soon as possible if you notice the following:
– Dark pigment;
– Rapidly increases in size;
– Irregular border;
– Unusual color combination;
– Accompanied by tenderness, redness, itching, or bleeding.
Home treatment of age spots
Laser therapy, bleaching creams, chemical peels, and dermabrasion are some of the treatments for age spots, but there is always easier, cheaper and before all a natural solution to lighten your spots. Dr. Doug Willen, the author of Quantum Paleo, offers fast and natural combination of apple cider vinegar and onion juice. Onions consist of few antioxidant compounds which aid in the neutralization of some free radicals in our body. The alpha hydroxy acids which are contained in the apple cider vinegar are useful for elimination of the dead skin, revealing the healthy skin underneath. A lot of people that have used this method, claim that it maintains the natural skin glow.
How to prepare it and use it?
Dice one fresh onion, and pulverize it with a pestle and a mortar. Put the liquefied onion in blender together with the apple cider vinegar. Use a cotton ball and apply the mixture on liver spots.
Use raw, organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, and don’t stop using sunscreen.