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Age Spots generally appears at the age of thirty’s. They are also known as liver spots, brown spots, sunspots, lentigines, etc. They are left, brown, discolourations of the skin which commonly occur on the back of the hands, neck, face chest, arms etc. Age spots generally look similar to moles, but they are very different from moles.
Causes of Age Spots
Age spots results mainly due to aging, impaired liver function dietary or nutritional deficiency. It may also occur when the skin is exposed to the sun over many years and there is a sign. Of sun damage. Sunspots are normally harmless and they do not need to be treated unless they are changing or getting bigger than the surrounding sunspots.
If a person notices, an irregular, dark spots that increase in size or change in colour or texture, then immediate consultation should be made with doctor. Because it could be a serious form of skin cancer. Person having age spots are at higher risk of developing skin caner. Moreover, as the person’s age increases, his/her metabolism changes and the liver becomes so overwhelmed with toxins that the body cannot get rid from it.
There is also oxidation occurring within the body and the lack of antioxidants at that time plays an important role in development of age spots. Age spots normally take years to form and so their elimination also takes time.
The only way to prevent age spots is to use liberal amounts of sunscreen before the age of forty and people should avoid sun and wear protective clothing.
Treatment for Age Spots
Some lifestyle and dietary changes are necessary to eliminate the age spots. People should begin exercise program. They should take supplements that helps in slowing down the aging process and also provides aid in tissue repair. Person should improve their diet by eating fruits and vegetables particularly in raw form.
They should drink at least eight glasses of water daily. People should avoid sweets, caffeine, alcohol and junk foods. They should follow a detoxification program in order to clean their tissues and organs. Person should avoid rancid oils.
He/she should refrigerate all oils after opening. They should store nuts and seeds in the freezer, store grains in a cool place, should avoid all fried food because the hot cooking oil contains substances that damage the skin. Person should also take supplements like Beta-carotene which is a like antioxidant and it slows the aging process.
Bioflavonoids works with Vitamin C and assists in tissue repair. Deficiency of potassium also leads to age spots; hence person should eat potassium rich foods or take a supplement. Vitamin E and C are and antioxidant and thus helps in tissue repair. Mineral supplement such as Zinc should be given.
Home Remedies for Age Spots
Aloe vera: Rubbing fresh aloe vera juice or gel on the spots will help them to fade. This gel should be used twice a day for a moth or day.
Buttermilk : Buttermilk contains the lactic acid and various other ingredients, which are beneficial to the skin. Buttermilk has also been used from long back, as a skin cleanser and as a beauty aid.
Castor Oil : It should be applied on the spots in the morning and in the evening for at least a month.
Lemon Juice : Acidity in the lemon juice causes the spots to fade away.
Onion : One teaspoonful of juice of onion is mixed with two teaspoonful of vinegar and then rubbed onto the age spots at least twice a day, till the spots disappear.
Apple Cider Vinegar : Two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar are mixed with one teaspoon of orange juice and then applied to the spots and relief is seen within a few days.
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