Dark spots, also referred to as aged spots, are flat and brown-colored spots which appear on the skin. Each body part can be affected, but areas which are most exposed to the sun are the most susceptible, such as the face, arms, hands, and shoulders.
Even though age spots are most common in people over the age of 50, they can affect younger individuals as well, especially those who are exposed to the sun for an extended period of time.
Causes of Age Spots
Longer period of exposure to UV rays from the sun is the main reason for the occurrence of age spots. Still, frequent use of tanning bed is a great contributor for their appearance as well. The pigment which is responsible for the color of our skin is called melanin and it is located in the upper skin layer.
When the UV rays come into contact with the skin, they speed up the melanin production, which in turn creates a tan whose purpose is to protect the deeper skin layers from UV damage.
As mentioned above, dark spots typically appear on areas which have been exposed to sun for a more frequent and longer period of time, as melanin is produced in large quantities.
Obviously, the best preventive measure you can take in order to prevent the appearance of brown spots is to protect yourself from the sun.
It is also important to mention that individuals with fair or light-colored skin and those prone to sunburns are more susceptible to dark spots.
Ultimately, note that these spots are harmless. But, in case their size, color, or shape starts to change, it may indicate melanoma, a condition which seeks medical attention. If you notice any of the age spots changes below, consult your doctor right away:
- Rapidly increases in size
- Irregular border
- Unusual color combination
- Dark pigment
- Accompanied by tenderness, redness, itching, or bleeding
Age Spots Home Remedy
The typical treatment for age spots involves use of bleaching creams and chemical peels as well as therapies like dermabrasion, and laser therapy.However, if you would like to stay on the safe side and avoid the potential side-effects of these methods, try the natural solution for lightening age spots below:
This method is presented by Dr. Doug Willen, the author of Quantum Paleo. It uses apple cider vinegar and onion juice. The first one contains alpha hydroxy acids which eliminate dead skin while the latter is very effective at neutralizing free radicals in the body.
Preparation and Use:
First, dice a fresh onion and crush it with the help of a pestle and a mortar. Then, put it into a blender along with the ACV. Blend well and apply onto the dark spots with a cotton ball. Besides the use of this mixture, don’t forget to apply sunscreen. Check out the video below for more information!