- Alternative & Natural Medicine
How to Get Rid of Liver Spots
Almost everyone gets age spots as they get older. My Grandmother called these darkened areas liver spots, but they don't have anything to do with your liver at all. The spots can be found in different areas of the body. There are several home remedies as you'll see below.
Age spots are just brown spots on the skin. They'll usually show up on your hands and face.
The spots are caused by sun damage. To prevent them in the first place, use sunblock.
How to Get Rid of Age Spots
You'll find concoctions elsewhere, but you'll need to mix different ingredients together, but the following are simple and you won't need to mix anything.
Warning: Although these remedies are natural, try them on a small spot of skin first to make sure that you aren't allergic or that they don't cause skin irritation.
Grandma always used lemon juice to get rid of the spots. This may take awhile. The reason it works, is that the spots are only on the surface of the skin. The lemon juice has a lot of acid in it and will eventually remove the top layer of skin without scarring. Lemon juice has been used for centuries to lighten blonde hair and to bleach stains.
An extra benefit is that you'll have a pleasant citrus scent to your skin. The lemons can be purchased cheaply at the grocery store and used for other purposes. I bought an entire bagful for just $2. They keep well in the fridge too.
The only disadvantage of using lemon juice is that it will need to be applied every few hours to really work.
Buttermilk is something else to try, but it is pricier than lemons. If you use it in baking, you might want to give it a try. It works on the same concept as the lemon juice, because it contains lactose acid.
Buttermilk will need to be reapplied frequently throughout the day, just like the lemon juice.
Laying slices of potatoes on the skin is supposed to work. The reasoning behind this isn't clear to me. I've never tried this one, but since almost everyone has potatoes on hand, it's worth a try.
Stay Out of the Sun
I had several age spots on my face that disappeared just by using a hat the entire next summer. You could give it a try. Use sunblock whenever you plan on being in the sun. Sun exposure is what causes age spots to begin with. Not getting overexposure to the sun will help prevent them.
by malindafelts, at Youtube
Over the Counter Products
New products are coming out everyday for age spots. There only drawback is the price.They contain chemicals if you prefer to stay with natural products.
Clinique has a new product that works well. Cost is around $35 to $50.They claim to be the best on the market. Whether this is true or not, I don't know. I have heard a few complaints that it leaves a lighter color where the spot was removed. Because any product removes the top layer of skin, I think this would be a problem for anyone with a tan.
Olay has a night treatment that is around $30 that claims to work well. With all of these treatments they lighten the skin.
Many products are available that may get results quicker than the home remedies. If you want a quick fix, give them a try.
Other Articles of Interest
- Do Wrinkle Creams Really Work - The Truth About Wrinkle Creams
Find out which products really work and which ones might not.
As a last resort, you can visit your dematologist and get a chemical peel or have skin dermabrasion done. This is the most expensive route to go and can cause redness and irritation. The added benefit might be that it will also remove small lines if you have your entire face done.
A dematologist can also do a laser treatment to remove the age spots. This is the most expensive route to go.
I am opting for the home remedies and trying lemon juice. It seems the least messy with no odor and the cheapest to try.