Age spots are also referred to as brown spots, liver spots & sun spots and generally form as we get older due to increased production of melanin, which is what causes skin pigmentation. However, they can develop at any age to any sex or race.
Age spots are round or oval, range in color from light brown to black, and have the same texture as the rest of your skin.
The good news is they are not dangerous or harmful, cause no pain or health problems, and can be greatly diminished, in many cases faded totally depending on your skin type. Lighter skin is tougher to treat but not impossible.
Age spots are most likely to appear on the face, hands, shoulders, and forearms, areas most exposed to UV radiation, but can appear on other areas of the skin as well. They can be prevented by minimizing exposure to sun & tanning beds.
Certain factors can determine who is more at risk.
Most likely to develop age spots:
2 types of age spot treatments - Creams & Serums or Professional Treatments
If you don't have age spots, you may have:
Signs of seborrheic keratoses?
Signs of actinic keratosis?
What is skin cancer?
Professional treatments tend to work faster but are more costly and may have a higher risk of causing side effects. OTC (over-the-counter) creams & serums take longer to fade age spots, weeks or possibly months and require daily discipline.
As mentioned above, age spots are round or oval, range from brown to black, and have the same texture as your skin.
Before you decide how you want to fade your age spots, it is highly recommended that you see a dermatologist first to ensure what you are seeing is in fact age spots. Paying attention to your skin can help you find a precancerous growth.
So to recap, age spots are not harmful and cause no pain or health problems. They can be treated with expensive, sometimes painful professional treatments, which may have side effects....or you can gradually fade age spots with no discomfort using natural skin lighteners, such as kojic acid, alpha-arbutin, and uva-ursi (bearberry extract) which also brighten the skin.
With natural lightening creams, not only will you see a brighter complexion & more even tone, your skin will receive nourishment & moisture from antioxidants that protect against UV rays & free radicals for a more youthful appearance.
Always remember to protect your skin with sunscreen, even under clothing.