Natural Skin Lightening Treatments For Diminishing Age Spots

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Age spots, which are sometimes also called liver spots, are predominantly caused by sun exposure. They are extremely common in people over the age of fifty, but young adults can get them too if they live in a sunnier climate and spend a lot of time outdoors without using UVA protection.

Age Spot in face Because age spots develop as a result of sun exposure, they tend to develop on the areas of the body which are most likely to be left uncovered. This means that they frequently develop on the face, arms, shoulders and hands.

Although the spots can be a little unsightly, they are completely benign and are not a sign of a deeper medical issue. However, many people choose to use treatments which have cosmetic benefits such as lightening the appearance of the spots to make them less noticeable. These are usually effective, but the ingredients used in the topical creams can be very harsh.

If you are wary of using skin lightening treatments that are based on substances such as hydroquinone, it can be worth trying natural remedies. These can sometimes be almost as effective as over the counter treatments, especially if used when the age spot is newly formed.

Skin Lightening Treatments You Can Try At Home

The following methods should be used on a regular basis in order to yield good results. As with over the counter treatments, there is no such thing as an overnight fix. You need to be consistent about applying the treatment and be prepared to wait several weeks before you start to notice the results.

Here are some of the best natural skin lightening treatments.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile TeaChamomile is very gentle on the skin yet has natural lightening benefits. To use it as a treatment for age spots, brew a very strong chamomile tea and allow it to cool to a comfortable temperature.

Apply it to your age spots with a cotton swab and allow it to sit for as long as possible before you wash it off. This treatment can be used every day, until you are happy that the appearance of your age spots has diminished sufficiently.

Lemon Juice

Many girls try the trick of bleaching their hair with lemon juice in the summer, and it can be just as effective for bleaching the skin. Lemon juice often yields better results than chamomile tea when it comes to age spots, so it may be the first thing that you want to try if your liver spots are particularly prominent.

However, it is slightly more abrasive than chamomile and some people find that their skin is sensitive to it. Wash it off and discontinue use if you notice any side effects or discomfort.

Assuming your skin shows no signs of sensitivity, apply the lemon juice every day (ideally before bed as lemon juice can increase susceptibility to damage from UVA rays). Simply use a cotton swab to rub it into the age spots and leave it for up to 15 minutes before rinsing off the juice with warm water. You should start to notice results within a month.

Natural Yogurt

Natural YogurtNatural yogurt is believed to have many benefits to the body, such as combating yeast infections and improving acne. Some people also credit it with having skin lightening properties. There is some scientific merit behind this idea.

Yogurt contains lactic acid, which is a natural form of alpha-hydroxy acid. Alpha hydroxy-acid is an active ingredient in many over the counter skin lightening treatments because it inhibits melanin formation. Since melanin is responsible for giving the skin its dark pigment, applying alpha-hydroxy acid to the skin will, over time, reduce any uneven areas of skin tone.

In addition to this, lactic acid has been shown to facilitate healthy skin cell renewal. This can help to produce quicker results from the treatment.

Many people are bothered by their age spots and would love to know how to improve their appearance. These three natural treatments can be tried at home and will often produce good results if they are used consistently. If you find that these remedies are not effective enough for you needs, speak to a doctor or dermatologist. They will be able to recommend alternative solutions.

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