For many years we’ve associated liver spots with old age and with the liver, but that’s actually wrong. Many people can get liver spots or age spots on their skin, especially on their hands, but it has nothing to do with liver problems. At one point they were incorrectly diagnosed and many thought they were caused by liver problems, which is how they got their name, but in fact they’re caused by sun damage.
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Nobody really likes aging, but if you have to, you shouldn’t let an age spot reveal you’re over the age of 40. These ugly spots can appear in your hands, face, shoulders, arms, forehead and even on your scalp if you don’t have any hair there. Don’t worry, just because you have age spots, doesn’t mean that you have health problems or that you’re old!
Just like when you stand out in the sun too long and you begin to freckle—it’s essentially the same thing. Skin contains melanocytes, which are cells that produce melanin, which helps protect our skin from the sun. Over the years, and after many years of exposing your skin to the sun, you can begin developing age spots. Most age spots are benign, but if you’re worried it might be melanoma, consult with your doctor and get them checked out. If you don’t like the sight of them, you can have them removed with electro-surgery, laser treatment or cryotherapy, but if you’re not interested in spending too much money, you might consider these easy tips to get rid of them:
- Lemon juice: This citrus can act as bleach when you apply it on your age spots. Applying lemon juice twice a day for 6-8 weeks can make age spots gradually disappear.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: You can drink apple cider vinegar with a glass of water, just a couple of drops would suffice. Or you can put apple cider vinegar and lemon directly on the spots to reduce their appearance and eventually make them disappear.
- Raw Papaya: Simply peel some papaya or grate it to create a paste and apply it on your age spots.
- Aloe Vera: Cut small pieces of an Aloe Vera leaf and squeeze out the juice and apply it on your spots. Aloe Vera is known to help moisturize skin, as well as stimulate the growth of new skin and replace old and dead cells.