Learn How to Remove Age Spots
Skin is the largest organ of the human body and skin conditions are among the most common issues that make us seek medical help. According to statistics, the most common skin conditions like acne, affect 80 percent of the world’s population people at some point in their lives. Dark patches on the skin make up for another common skin condition that can appear at any age. If you happen to find areas on your skin where the color is darker, don’t panic — there are simple remedies you can try right now.
It is a good idea to have new blemishes examined by your doctor or dermatologist; just to be sure the cells are not precancerous. But in most cases, the only concern is a cosmetic one. Here are some treatments that can remove the spot or lighten it.
Cryotherapy involves the use of very low temperatures to destroy the darker skin cells. This is the same process used to remove warts, moles and precancerous cells.
Liquid nitrogen is usually used to freeze the cells up to a certain depth. The side effects of Cryotherapy are usually few.
There is some pain and some scarring may occur. The site may become red or blister, scab over and peel after a few days. There is a slight risk that healthy cells or nearby nerves will be damaged.
Dark spots can appear on our skin suddenly, but their presence always has a reason. Scientists point out that there are several main factors that can trigger this skin condition. They include sun exposure, inflammation, hormonal changes, taking chemical medications, some health problems (for instance, liver disease), and aging. If you find dark spots on your skin, don’t panic. These dark patches may be caused by recent skin inflammations or by your own photosensitivity — in other words, they may turn out to be ordinary freckles.
The procedure is less expensive than other treatments, but is still relatively costly and is not covered by most health insurance plans, when the goal is to remove age spots.
If the procedure is being done to remove precancerous cells, Cryotherapy is usually covered. Laser Treatment Laser treatments or electro-surgery are other alternatives.
These are more costly and some people say they are more painful. The lasers used to remove unwanted tattoos may also work to remove age spots, depending on the depth of the pigmentation. Not all dermatologists use laser therapy.
Cryotherapy is most common. Other than the initial pain, laser therapy is typically unaccompanied by side effects.
Fade creams can be purchased with a prescription or over the counter. They usually contain an ingredient called hydroquinone, depending on where you live. The use of the ingredient has been banned in some countries of the European Union because of potential cancer risk.
Creams containing natural ingredients are also available. These require continued use to be effective. Typically a daily application of nut grass extract over the course of several weeks will even out the skin’s pigmentation.
Not all of the natural fade creams contain nut grass extract. Some contain an ingredient derived from bird droppings. The nut grass extract has more supportive research for its effectiveness. It works by inhibiting melanin production.
Anti-aging creams containing natural ingredients are another safe choice. They can help fade and remove age spots over time by improving the skin’s ability to rejuvenate.
The best ones contain a variety of antioxidants at a relatively high concentration. Antioxidants work to reverse the damage done by the sun.