As we age, we begin to notice changes in our skin that sometimes can become quite unsightly. Dark brown marks or spots start to appear out of nowhere on our bodies, causing us to feel self-conscious especially during the summer season when we shore more of ourselves at the beach or those backyard barbecues.
Spots can appear on the face, which is where our skin is most exposed to the elements than other areas of our bodies. The most prone areas on the face are the chin, nose, and mouth. They, also, can be found on the neck, chest, back and hands. Where a pimple has previously been, in time, can also turn into a dark spot or mark.
The stresses of daily life, fatty foods, cigarette smoke, pregnancy, hormonal changes, scarring, acne, cysts and the free radicals in the environment are some of the common reasons that the age spots, liver spots or sun spots, as they might be called, begin to appear.
Collagen and elastin in our skin tends to be broken down by the sun?s UV rays. As we get older, the more melanin appears in our bodies. This is evident as those pesky spots and marks start to appear. Getting rid of those spots can take time but they can be diminished by different means.
There are many different ways that you can diminish or rid your skin of those spots. On the market, there are serums and creams that can be used. Regular skin care, such as exfoliation, moisturization, and cleansing are a very important preventative measure that can be taken. Fruit and vegetable mixtures are also used in getting rid of the spots. You can also go to the more extreme expensive measures such as chemical peels, laser or microembrasion treatments.
The serums and creams that you can find on the market, can take normally 3-6 weeks for the pigmentation of your skin to normalize. Do you have freckles? These products help them to fade as well. Make sure that one of the ingredients in these lightening creams contain something called hydroquinone. This type of whitening mask should be applied once a week.
Your skin-care routine should be an important part of your daily life. Exfoliating, moisturizing, and cleansing should be done regularly. In doing so, you can be assured of clear, healthy skin. Cleansing is important to help keep acne at bay. Exfoliating is a process that removes dead skin cells. And moisturizing, as you probably know, keeps your skin supple.
Natural remedies are best and most gentle for your skin. You should look for products to use that contain hydroxyl acid, beta hydroxyl acid, salycilic acid, kojic acid, hydroquinone, Retin A, Vitamins C, E, and B-complex. These things are also natural antioxidants.
Hydroquinone and kojic acid are bleaching agents. They aid in getting rid of spots and can also prevent further from forming because they are antioxidants. Melanin production, in the skin, is slowed when these are used. Salycilic and gylcolic acid help eliminate pigmentation as well as exfoliating your skin in the process. New skin can regenerate much faster.
Natural remedy masks that are worn overnight are great for getting rid of spots. A good remedy to try is parsley and lemon juice. This combination can help with post-acne scars. Mixing brier infusion, camphor oil, chopped parsley, grated cucumber, onion and fuller?s earth can help when applied to the face 20 minutes a day for 15-20 days. And another mask you might want to give a try to is grated onion and acacia honey for 15 minutes; if skin is oily adding vinegar will help.
You can opt for more expensive remedies such as chemical peels, laser or microembrasion treatments. With laser treatments, this is a fast way to get rid of spots. It is done through a very intense light beam. In cases of 70% of patients see complete removal of spots. It is not painful and recovery time is quicker than other procedures.
A chemical peel is quite safe and effective if you can afford it. If you have pigmentation problems an acid is used to remove the surface layer of damaged skin with light peeling. Alpha hydroxyl and fruit acids are used. The spots lighten to a very light brown color.
Microembrasion is another technique that can be used to get rid of spots. It is done through a highly controlled vacuum and pressure. This treatment is the movement of microscopically abrasive aluminum oxide crystals over the surface of the skin. This is a painless procedure that will remove the unwanted pigment changes and reduces the color of the spot. It is expensive, however.
Our eating habits also have effect on our skin. If we are eating a lot of fatty, greasy foods, this will cause your skin to excrete more oil, causing more acne, which could lead to scars. Eating a lot of fruit and vegetables will help get rid of those unsightly dark spots, and could get rid of them. Lemons, oranges, tomatoes and cucumbers are good sources to help purify your blood. This will give your skin radiance.
Other than lemon juice, you might be surprised at the other benefits of healthy foods in order to getting rid of those spots. Buttermilk and sour milk, when applied with a cotton ball directly to the spots themselves works quite well. These products have a natural bleaching agent that is good not only for your skin, but your hair, too.
When warm weather approaches, you want your skin to look the best it can. You don?t want to be seen with dark, ugly spots all over your body. Many natural remedies help greatly. The time period might be slow, but they are also beneficial to your skin. If you are in a time-crunch, a little more expensive treatment might be right for you. Whatever way you choose to get rid of the spots, you can know that you will love your skin once again.