Age spots are common in people over 50 years of age. These brown or tan spots appear mostly on the face and hands and other areas exposed to the sun. Age spots are also known as liver spots and sun spots. The best prevention for age spots is to use sunscreen starting as an infant. For many people age spots are unattractive. Fading age spots with bleaches and skin whiteners is a large part of the beauty industry. But there are other treatments that are also effective in getting rid of age spots.
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Things you need
- Hydrogen peroxide or lemon juice
- Fade cream
Apply lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide to the spots, using a cotton ball. Leave on. Apply a few times a day. Both have bleaching properties that are effective in fading age spots.
Buy a fade cream or skin bleach from the drugstore. Apply once or twice a day to the age spots, according to the directions on the label. Rub the cream into the age spots. Leave cream on. These creams contain substances like hydroquinone, glycolic acid and kojic acid.
If your home treatments do not have the results you desire, have a doctor perform a chemical peel. Locate a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who has experience with this procedure. Make an appointment and follow the doctor's instructions for taking care of the skin after the peel. According to the Mayo Clinic, doctors use acids for the chemical peels such as lactic acid or glycolic acid. Both acid gently exfoliate the skin and fade the age spots over several treatments.
Tips and warnings
- After the chemcial peel, follow any directions that come with your kit for best results. Usual aftercare involves always wearing sunscreen when outdoors to prevent future age spots.
- When beginning chemical peels to fade age spots, purchase a low concentration of the acid, such as 10 to 20 per cent.
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