As our body ages, brown spots may start to appear on different body parts. These spots can emerge on the face, legs, arms, shoulders or hands. As the year’s pass, these brown spots tend to multiply, hence why they’re also referred to as age spots.
If you don’t like the look of age spots and you would rather get rid of them, the good news is there is a way to remove them from your skin. The process is very easy and all you need is two ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen already.
But where do these brown spots come from? Is there a way to prevent them from appearing in the first place? Absolutely. Read on to find out how they appear, are there any health implications and ways of removing and preventing them.
Why Do We Get Age Spots?
There are several reasons for the appearance of brown spots on the skin. The first and foremost reason is over-exposure to sunlight and UV rays. This can be either from spending a lot of time outside (especially without wearing sunscreen) or from spending time in tanning beds.
The more sunlight and UV rays one is exposed to, the more melanin is produced in the body. Melanin is our bodies’ natural response to sunlight and is responsible for the tanning and darkening of our skin.
Over the years, beach tans fade, but areas of the body that have been seriously exposed to UV rays will retain some brown splotches. This means the melanin was overactive in these areas, resulting in brown spots.
Are Age Spots Dangerous?
The scary truth is, they might be. This doesn’t mean that every single one is cancerous, but there are a few warning signs you should keep an eye out if:
* Some spots are much darker than others
* They have a funky border around them
* They’re constantly growing or changing
* They’re red or tender
If you notice any of these signs, see your doctor or dermatologist immediately. The best way to keep track of this is to do regular self-examinations.
Nervous or unsure about the status of your spots? Test yourselves with the “ABCDE’s of Melanoma” test. Ask yourself each of these questions when determining whether your spots may be potentially hazardous.
How Can You Get Rid of Brown Spots
Luckily, there is a simple way to reduce the appearance of age spots on the skin.
It is a simple juice solution that only requires two basic ingredients and a few minutes of your time. Watch the video below by FitLifeTV to learn a bit more about this solution and its effectiveness.
The solution is credited to Doug Willen, author of Quantum Paleo. The only two ingredients you’ll need? Onion juice and apple cider vinegar.
Onion juice has been proven to help remove skin scarring. Onions contain antioxidants that help fight free radicals, especially in the top layers of skin.
Apple cider vinegar contains alpha-hydroxy acids, an acid which helps remove dead layers of skin. Between these two healing ingredients, you’ll be seeing fresh, spotless skin in no time at all.
Anti-Age Spot Mixture
1. Chop up a fresh onion and put it in a Ziploc bag
2. Pulverize the onion using a blunt surface and pour it into a blender.
3. Blend the onion with a 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar until smooth.
4. Soak a cotton ball in the solution and apply on your spots daily. Do this for 2-4 weeks or until you see results.
Of course, this is not an overnight solution to age spots. However, it is an all-natural, inexpensive, and simple solution that is not only convenient but is also very effective. It may take a few weeks, but stick to it and your patience will be rewarded.
Can You Prevent Age Spots?
Yes and no. Unless we confine ourselves to our homes forever (which is by no means healthy), we are going to be exposed to the sun one way or another.
The best thing to avoid rampant, large, or dangerous age spots is to be careful of how much time we spend outside. Cover up with long-sleeved shirts and long pants whenever possible and always apply sunscreen.
Even if you are exposing your body to winter sunshine, even if it’s just a short while, WEAR SUNSCREEN.
It is also wise to stay away from strong UV lights, such as the one supplied by tanning beds. While giving you the tan you crave rapidly, they are nothing but severely harmful to your skin. Stick to natural and careful tanning.
This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances.