Age spots are horrible. They are not dangerous and they’re nothing to be ashamed of, they are just an indicator of the ageing process. They are usually brown, common as you get older and found on your hands, shoulders, face, arms and legs.
If your spots are painful or you think they may not be age spots, it is important to consult a dermatologist. If they are just regular age spots, then you may want to get rid of them in a natural non-toxic way.
Where do age spots come from?
Age spots, those brown spots that suddenly just appear, usually come from exposure to sunlight. When you spend time in the sun, sun tanning or playing sport, your body produces melanin. Melanin is what gives you a suntan, it affects the pigmentation in your body and in your skin. When you have had too much melanin then the age spots will be left behind when your tan disappears.
Excessive sunshine is not good for you and we all know to use a strong sun protection factor. You may not have known when you were younger though, and the damage has already been done.
Are your age spots unhealthy?
If they are just age spots then they are not unhealthy. But you need to keep a special eye on your moles that you have, or any beauty spots, and make sure that they do not change.
Spots can turn into melanomas. You should look out for spots that change colour or shape, have unusual edges, or grow in any way. If they become red or tender, consult your doctor straight away.
You should constantly monitor your spots. It is quite easy to tell the difference between an ordinary age spot and a dangerous mole. But if you are unsure, have regular appointments with your doctor.
How to get rid of your age spots
There are a couple of really natural remedies to get rid of these spots. Try them at home, but again remember, if your spot is unusual do not mess around. Try a mixture of onion and apple cider vinegar for the best results. It is a natural remedy against scarring and the antioxidants in the onion reduce free radical damage and can heal and protect the outer layer of skin.
- One onion
- Apple cider vinegar
- Peel and chop up your onion
- Put the onion in a ziploc bag, or similar, and pulverise
- Add half a cup of organic apple cider vinegar and blend
- Remove when smooth and bottle
Soak a cotton wool ball in the mixture, apply it to the age spots and tape it down. Keep it on for as long as possible or until the dressing falls off. Apply daily for two to four weeks.
This is a natural method and inexpensive. Repeat as often as is necessary.
Is there a way to prevent age spots?
You can stay out of the sun as often as possible and always use sun tan lotion and heavy protection. Check any suspicious spots with a doctor or dermatologist and have your spots examined regularly.