How to Remove Age Spots

Age spots are the flat brown, black or yellow spots that appear on the neck, hands and face. They are primarily caused by sun-exposure, and usually start to appear once people hit 40. Age spots are not dangerous in any way, so there is no medical reason to get rid of them. However, they can reveal a person’s age, so many men and women want to remove them for aesthetic reasons. You can get rid of age spots using a number of different methods: using OTC and prescription products, using home remedies, or using professional skin treatments.

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Using OTC and Prescription Products

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Use hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is a very effective bleaching cream which can significantly reduce the appearance of age spots.

  • It is available in concentrations up to 2% over-the-counter, but higher concentrations will require a prescription from your doctor.
  • Be aware that hydroquinone has been banned in many European and Asian countries, due to its potential carcinogenic properties. However, it is still widely available in the US.
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Use Retin-A. Retin-A is an excellent anti-aging skin care product which is used to combat fine lines and wrinkles, improve the skin’s texture and elasticity and fade discoloration and sun damage, including age spots.

  • Retin-A is a vitamin A derivative which is available in cream or gel form, in a variety of different strengths. It is only available by prescription, so you will need to see your doctor before you start using it.
  • It helps to eliminate age spots by exfoliating the skin, removing the outer hyperpigmented layer and revealing the fresh, new skin underneath.
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Use products containing glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is type of alpha hydroxy acid which is commonly used in chemical peels. It works by exfoliating the skin, diminishing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.

  • When sold OTC, glycolic acid is found in cream or lotion form, which is usually applied and left to sit on the skin for a few minutes, before being rinsed off.
  • Glycolic acid can be quite harsh on the skin, sometimes causing redness and discomfort. You should always moisturize your skin after using glycolic acid products.
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Use sunscreen. Sunscreen won’t actually help to reduce the appearance of your existing age spots, but it will prevent new ones from forming (as they are caused primarily by sun damage).

  • In addition, the sunscreen will prevent your existing sun spots from becoming any darker or more noticeable.
  • You should wear a sunscreen with a zinc oxide base and an SPF of at least 15 everyday, even if it’s not hot or sunny.

Using Home Remedies

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Use lemon juice. Lemon juice contains citric acid, which can help to bleach age spots. Simply dab a little fresh lemon juice directly onto the sun spot and leave to sit for 30 minutes before rinsing off. Do this twice a day and you should start to see results in a month or two.

  • Lemon juice makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight (and could make the age spot worse) so never leave lemon juice on your skin if you’re going outside.
  • If you have very sensitive skin, the lemon juice might be irritating on your skin, so try diluting it to half strength with water or rosewater before applying.
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    Use lemon juice. Lemon juice contains citric acid, which can help to bleach age spots. Simply dab a little fresh lemon juice directly onto the sun spot and leave to sit for 30 minutes before rinsing off. Do this twice a day and you should start to see results in a month or two.

    • Lemon juice makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight (and could make the age spot worse) so never leave lemon juice on your skin if you’re going outside.
    • If you have very sensitive skin, the lemon juice might be irritating on your skin, so try diluting it to half strength with water or rosewater before applying.
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Use buttermilk. Buttermilk contains lactic acid, which bleaches the skin in the same way as the citric acid in lemon juice. Apply a little buttermilk directly onto your age spots and leave for 15 minutes to half an hour before rinsing off. Do this twice a day.

  • If you tend to have very oily skin, it’s a good idea to mix the buttermilk with a little lemon juice before applying, as this will prevent your skin from becoming greasy.
  • For added benefit, mix a little tomato juice in with the buttermilk, as tomato also contains bleaching properties which can help to reduce age spots.
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Use honey and yogurt. A combination of honey and yogurt is believed to be beneficial when it comes to reducing age spots.

  • Simply mix equal parts of honey and plain yogurt together and apply directly onto the age spots.
  • Leave for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing off. Do this twice a day.
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Use apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is an important ingredient in many home remedies, including one for age spots! Apply a little apple cider vinegar directly onto the age spots and leave for 30 minutes before rinsing off.

  • Only use this treatment once a day, as apple cider vinegar can be drying on the skin. You should start to see an improvement in the appearance of the age spots after about six weeks.
  • For added benefit, mix one part apple cider vinegar with one part onion juice (which you can extract by pushing chopped onion through a strainer) and apply this to the age spots instead.
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Use aloe vera. Aloe vera is commonly used to treat a number of skin ailments, including age spots. Simply rub a little fresh aloe vera gel (taken directly from the plant) onto the affected area and leave to soak in.

  • As aloe vera is very gentle, there is no need to rinse it off. However, you may want to rinse it off if it starts to feel sticky.
  • If you don’t have access to the gel from an aloe vera plant, you can bu fresh aloe vera juice at the market or health food store. This works just as well.
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Use castor oil. Castor oil is known for its skin healing properties and has proven effective in the treatment of age spots. Apply a little castor oil directly onto the age spots and massage into the skin for a minute or two until absorbed.

  • Do this once in the morning and once in the evening, and you should start to see an improvement in about a month.
  • If you suffer from dry skin, you can mix a little coconut oil, olive oil or almond oil in with the castor oil for added moisturization.
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Use sandalwood. Sandalwood is believed to contain effective anti-aging properties, and is often used to reduce the appearance of age spots.

  • Mix a pinch of sandalwood powder with a couple of drops each of rose water , glycerin and lemon juice. Apply this paste onto the age spots and leave to dry for 20 minutes before rinsing off with cold water.
  • Alternatively, you could massage a drop of pure sandalwood essential oil directly onto the age spots.

Using Professional Skin Treatments

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Use laser technology to remove age spots. During the treatment, an intense laser light penetrates the epidermis and causes the skin to rejuvenate. The intensity of the light scatters the skin pigments and destroys the discoloration.

  • The laser treatment is not painful, but may cause minimal discomfort. An anesthetic cream is applied 30 to 45 minutes before the procedure to ease the discomfort.
  • The number of sessions required will depend on the size of the area and number of spots to be treated. Generally, 2 to 3 sessions will be required. Each session can last from 30 to 45 minutes.
  • The treatment requires no downtime, but redness, puffiness and sensitivity to sunlight may occur.
  • Although laser treatment is extremely effective, its major downside is the cost. Depending on the type of laser used (Q-switched ruby, alexandrite or Fraxel dual laser) and the number of age spots requiring treatment, prices can range from $400 to $1500 per session.
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Try microdermabrasion treatments to remove age spots. Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive skin treatment that uses a wand with air pressure. The wand blasts crystals, zinc or other abrasive materials directly against the skin, exfoliating the top layers to remove the dark, hyperpigmented skin.

  • Microdermabrasion requires no down time and there are no side effects.
  • A session can be from 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the area being treated. Treatment sessions are given in 2- to 3-week intervals.
  • Typically, 2 to 3 sessions will be required. Prices range can be $75 or more per session.
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Get a chemical peel. A chemical peel works by dissolving dead skin so new radiant skin will surface. During a chemical peel, the area to be treated is thoroughly cleansed and a gel-like acidic substance is applied. The area is then neutralized to stop the chemical process.

  • Side effects include redness, peeling and sensitivity, which may require down time.
  • Generally, two treatment sessions are required, which are given in 3- to 4-week intervals. The prices can be $250 or more per session.
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Tips On Beautiful Skin

TIPS for  BETTER, more BEAUTIFUL  SKIN

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1- WATER, WATER, WATER! – So simple and inexpensive yet SO EFFECTIVE.  Ladies, water is what the bulk of our bodies is comprised of.  It allows so many important cellular functions to take place AND by drinking enough of it, it can offer relief from things like constipation, food cravings, fatigue, dry skin, headaches, excess body fat even water-retention problems.  Without enough water, your body is not flushing out toxins properly.  If toxins are not being eliminated properly, it affects your physiology.  Everyone should be drinking EIGHT to TEN 8oz. glasses of water (preferrably purified) per day.  Try to do this for 3 months and let me know if you have noticed positive changes and more beautiful skin.

2- SUN EXPOSURE– Our sun is a magnificient wonder of nature and indispensable to life.  Being out in the sun is healthy and unfortunately there is too much negative press lately about completely avoiding the sun.  The skin cancer scares have caused the entire population to regress and retract from any sun exposure at all, which is not good.

The truth is, a regular dose of it is necessary for maintaining adequate Vit D levels, which in turn is necessary for a myriad of reasons (but that topic is for another website…).  Anyhow, limit an overdose of sun exposure and when you are outdoors, protect your skin with a good quality sunscreen to block out harmful rays which will decrease your chances of a nasty sunburn.

Years of neglect will, over time, render obvious signs of aging such as sun spots, hyperpigmentation, premature wrinkles, spider veins, etc….

3- EXFOLIATION: Our bodies shed many many many dead skin cells every day.  Many of which are still laying on your body’s skin surface.  If not cleaned regularly, your skin, particularly your face can be greatly affected by these dead skin cells.  They can end up clogging your pores and creating the perfect harvesting medium for bacteria, thus, clogging your pores.  This results in blackheads, pimples and acne.  It is of great importance to exfoliate to rid your skin surface of dead skin cells.  A good cleanser will also allow a little deeper cleansing to ensure some of the stubborn cells still trying to cling on for dear life can be sloughed away as well.  A good exfoliator will get the job done without being too harsh on your beautiful skin.

4- OMEGA 3’s: Now here is one of the absolute best anti-aging and skincare tip around.  Unfortunately, little of us know about the effectiveness of OMEGA 3 fatty acids.

Did you know that upping your intake of omega 3 will help your skin look younger, decrease pimples/blemishes/acne, boost your brain power as you get older, help with inflammation in your body and keeps your heart health is check?  That’s right. Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid and fatty acids are vital for the proper functioning of every cell in your body and that includes your skin.

Omega 3 fatty acids maintain the structure and fluidity of the cell membrane making sure nutrients enter the cell and waste products are removed. They also have the ability to decrease inflammation (which is what acne is…inflammation/infection).  As your body can’t make these fatty acids – it has to constantly replenish them from food intake.

I had once recommended Omega 3 fish oils to our nanny who had serious acne.  I wish to this day I had taken before and after pictures to have been able to prove it to the world.  In just 5 days, the inflammation and redness had decreased so dramatically that my husband asked if I knew how she cleared up her complexion.  He was astounded.  If you have acne, you should seriously consider using the Omega 3’s I recommend below.  Why would you want to medicate yourself and burn your skin with prescription potions?  These can often had serious, permanent side effects. Try the OMEGA 3’s.  There is nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Omega 3 fatty acids are magic for achieving beautiful skin. It helps in  keeping skin cells moist and strong  which is an essential element of younger looking skin. Recent studies have shown that a diet low in essential fatty acids – and that’s around 99% of US citizens – can lead to dry skin and premature wrinkles.

So if you want younger, blemish-free looking skin, boosting your intake of fatty acids will do wonders for its smoothness and radiance of and help you stay wrinkle free for longer as well as keep pimples and acne to a minimum.  Give yourself 3 months for proven results.

Also, to maximize its effectiveness, be sure to use a fish oil made from small fish (sardines, anchovies, krill).  AND – be sure to look at mg’s of each EFA & DHA ratios.  The higher the better!  The one brand I have found most effective in terms of quality and high fatty acid content is here. I have not yet found a more superior and effective product.  Personally, Omega 3 fish oils are part of my daily supplement intake. This product contains a very high content of DHA and EPA, contains VIT E to prevent oxidation of the oils once ingested.  This means you make use of WAY more fatty acids once you swallow it.  If you choose a less superior product, you will need to take 8+ capsules a day to get the daily requirements of your omega 3 fatty acids AND you will get through the bottle much quicker.  You get what you pay for indeed.

5-ANTI-AGING TREATMENT CREME,: This product is one I CANNOT live without.  I swear by it and so does everyone else who uses this.

Now, if you’re like me and get overwhelmed and skeptical of products people swear by and promote, you are thinking – “whatever, another gimmick and an empty promise in getting results from yet another skincare anti-aging product…”

I am not going to try and promote it first of all because it is what it is. It speaks for itself and all I can do is speak of my experience with it.  One of my very particular clients emailed me one day and I quote:

“My mom went into the Shoppers Drug Mart (Canada’s leading retailer of beauty, health and pharmacy products and services)close to their house the other weekend and the lady at the cosmetics counter measured the moisture in her skin on her face.  I guess highest is 40% and she measured 34% and the woman was shocked!!  Wanted to know what cream she was using (was selling neutrogena).  IT WAS THE PENTAXYL!!  Can we order 2 more tubes… 1 for her and 1 for me when you get a minute?”

As you can see, PENTAXYL, a powerful new cosmeceutical that helps reduce the signs of aging, features an advanced formula that penetrates into the fine layers of skin for maximum results. The ingredients have been shown in clinical studies to significantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, increase skin firmness and thickness, improve skin discoloration and hydration and even improve skin texture and color. Regular use of Pentaxyl will leave you with a clean, vibrant and more youthful look without injections or surgery. Visible results can be seen within a few weeks.

My skin texture and suppleness has changed so much. That’s how I would describe the change.  I feel as though I have had my skin buffed over and over again.  It’s like it’s been polished and plumped.  It is simply amazing.

Primary Benefits:

-Works on both the epidermis and the dermis

-Contains Three Peptide formulas

-Matrixyl® is based on wound healing and tricks the skin to produce its own collagen

-Reduces the severity of wrinkles and furrows (especially in the brow, forehead and eye areas)

-Increases skin firmness and thickness

-Reduces skin discolorations and increases hydration

-Improves skin texture and color

-Reduces the appearance of stretch marks

***For optimal results apply day and night.  Must warm up cream between your fingers and massage lightly to create a little friction and heat.  It works.***