Other than acne, another most common skin problem that can make people want spend a lot of time and money for the treatment is age spot. Age spot which is also known as lover spot is a flat, brown, tan or black spot which appear on the skin. Age spot can be varied in size and usually appear on the face, hands, shoulders and arms.
Age spot commonly affected areas which got exposed to the sun the most. Though this problem commonly occur in people over the age of 50, you adult can get affected too, particularly if they spend a lot of time in the sun.
What is the Cause of Age Spot?
The main cause of age spot appearance is exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun for years. Another thing that can also contribute to the development of age spot is the use of tanning bed. Our body produce a pigment called melanin which is the one that give the skin its normal color. The production of melanin will be boosted when the skin comes in contact with the UV light. The tan on the skin will be formed and protect deeper layer of the sin from damage cause by UV rays. When the skin exposed to the sunlight frequently, melanin will be produced in high concentration.
So how can you protect your skin from age spots? Obviously, you need to get proper protection from the sun. Though anyone can develop this skin condition, certain factors like light-colored or fair skin and history of frequent or intense sun exposure or sunburn make someone has higher chance of developing age spot.
Basically, age spot is harmless. However, if you experience a change in the age spot appearance, then you need to consult with your doctor since it could be the sign of melanoma. Here are several things that you need to be cautious about:
- If your age spot darkly pigmented
- If the size of your age spot increase rapidly
- When your age spot has an irregular border
- If it has unusual combination of colors
- If you experience itching, redness, tenderness or bleeding
Natural Remedy for Age Spot
Some people go for laser therapy, freezing, dermabrasion, bleaching creams or chemical peels to handle their age spot problem. However, if you want to do it in a safer way, then you can go for natural remedy to lighten your age spot.
Dr. Doug Willen, an authot of Quantum has shared a quick and natural solution for age spot. He advise to use the mixture made from apple cider vinegar and union juice. Yup, onion juice. This vegetable provide the benefit of antioxidant properties which can neutralize free radicals in your body. While for the apple cider vinegar, it contains alpha hydroxyl acids which will get rid of dead skin and unveil the youthful skin underneath
The use of this mixture can maintain natural glow of the skin as reported by many people who have used it. Preparing this mixture is quite easy. You just have to follow the steps below.
- Mince one fresh onion.
- Grind it using a mortar and pestle.
- Put the grinded onion in the blender.
- Add the apple cider vinegar into the blender then start crushing
- Once the mixture ready, use cotton ball to apply the mixture on the affected areas.
Remember that you need to use organic, raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar for this remedy. Also, use the sunscreen to prevent the age spot from aggravated.