How to Remove Age Spots Permanently
Age spots or liver spots are a type of skin discoloration affecting millions. There are many causes of age spots; the most common is natural aging and overexposure to sun. These spots can appear anywhere on the body but are more common in sun exposed areas such as the face, backs of the hands, forehead, shoulders and forearms. Age spots are relatively harmless and do not require medical treatment. However, since they are permanent skin marks that affect the appearance of your skin, you may want to take measures to remove them.
Apply an over the counter bleaching cream containing hydroquinone to your age spots. These creams, if used as directed, can help gradually fade age spots over several months. Make sure to read the directions on the package.
Consider getting a chemical peel. A chemical peel is effective in fading age spots. This technique is usually performed by a dermatologist. After assessing your skin, she will apply an acid such as betahydroxy or trichloroacetic acid to the affected area. The acids work by burning the outer layer of your skin, to the age spots. New skin is regenerated after skin peeling begins.
Consider dermabrasion. This procedure is done by a dermatologist. Dermabrasion involves, using a sterile rotating brush to remove the surface of your skin. A new layer of skin will grow in its place after the procedure. During the healing process, scabs will form temporarily. They will dissolve in about a week or two.
Consider laser therapy. Laser therapy can dimish your age spots by destroying their dark pigments (melanocytes) which give them color. It usually takes about 7 to 10 sessions before you can see any effect. After treatment, the age spots will fade over time. Laser thrapy is usually performed by a dermatologist.
Consider cryotherapy (freezing). This method involves applying a freezing chemical, such as liquid nitrogen, to disintegrate the melanocytes (dark pigments) in age spots. Your age spots will lighten during the healing process. Cryotherapy is usually performed by a dermatologist.