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Is It Safe To Remove My Age Spots?

Sun worshippers, take note. The power of sunlight to “heal” the body is true to an extent, as there are biological elements in the light spectrum that can be seen as beneficial, specifically vitamin D. However, other elements in sunlight can be very harmful to the human body if the skin is over-exposed. The ultra-violet band is especially problematic. Over-exposure to this band of the light spectrum can eventually lead to chronic skin disorders, up to and including skin cancer.

This is not meant to disparage sunlight. Without it, the world would be a much gloomier place to live in. In fact, a lack of sunlight is responsible for the disorder known as seasonal affective disorder (also known by its acronym, SAD, which is rather appropriate). Nearly everyone can benefit from some sunshine now and then. Yet the potential for long-term health issues from over-exposure should raise a red flag for all of us, especially those with sensitive skin or who may be in their later years.

What Are Age Spots?

Age spots are a by-product of dysfunction associated with melanin, a compound of amino acids that are an important part of skin protection. Melanin acts as a photoprotectant, which in simple terms means that it protects the skin from light. Melanin reacts to the heat created in the body by the ultra-violet band, absorbing the heat and releasing it through the skin. This process can cause an increase in pigment within the skin, which is why we can become tanned, or burned, from exposure to the sun.

Excessive amounts of melanin will be dispersed across the skin when higher levels of ultra-violet light are present, or when changes in their physiological processes, such as aging, cause a change in which melanin is distributed, appearing as random spots or patches on the skin. This may be in the form of freckles or, in cases of cellular dysfunction or aging, it will be in the form of what are commonly referred to as “age spots”.

Age Spots Treatment

The condition know as age spots are not necessarily detrimental to a person’s health, although in some instances they may be an indication of underlying problems that could later result in serious health issues, such as melanoma (skin cancer). For most of us, however, age spots are more of an aesthetic concern. In other words, we think that age spots make us look “old”, regardless of our age or health status. Consequently, a person may be interested in removing their age spots in order to erase the stigma of “looking old”, or in an attempt to make themselves “feel younger”.

There are several mechanical approaches that are used to remove age spots, such as laser resurfacing, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and intense light pulse therapy. These methods are effective in removing age spots and a few will produce results that can last up to a year or more. However, the side effects of these types of mechanical treatment methods can be inflammation of the skin, an increased vulnerability to further damage while the skin heals and recovery time. Additionally, these treatment methods can be temporary in nature and also tend to be rather expensive.

There are also topical creams that have been developed to treat age spots using synthetic chemicals. Many of these products contain other ingredients that can provide moisture and elasticity to the skin, but some of the chemicals used are suspected of being carcinogenic, such as hydroquinone and oxybenzone.

Natural Treatment of Age Spots

There is a safer way to treat age spots that uses organic elements to regulate melanin production and distribution. This method of treatment also comes in the form of topical creams, yet the ingredients are wholly natural and are much safer to use on a regular basis than chemical-based creams. (It should be noted here that even organic elements can present the potential for negative health effects if used improperly. The advice of a nutritional specialist or other qualified medical professionals should always be sought before beginning any treatment that includes the intake of anti aging supplements, such as herbs or nutrients that were not previously part of a person’s regular health regimen).

The organic ingredients that are most often used to address age spots are Shea butter, keratin, extrapone nut grass and vitamin E. Shea butter is a natural derivative of the nut of the Shea tree, native to certain regions of Africa. Shea butter has been used traditionally in African cultures for centuries to protect the skin from sun and wind damage, but it has also been found to be effective in regulating melanin in the skin.

Keratin is found normally in the body and is functional for new cell generation, which is beneficial in replacing cells that have become coated with melanin.

Extrapone nut grass is a derivative of a sedge plant found in many parts of the world that was used in folk medicine as a skin lightener for the treatment of bruises and other skin disorders. Vitamin E is an all-around beneficial nutrient for skin health.

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