Thursday, October 9, 2008

Concerned About Age Spots?

Nearly half the marriageable population is divorced these days, with many middle-aged men and women moving into the populace in search of a mate again. Whether married or single, there's also increasing pressure to look youthful and attractive in order to get ahead in the workplace. Facelifts, collagen injections, and anti wrinkle creams may address certain aging symptoms, they do not deal with those brown "liver" or age spots on your arms or legs. Happily, there are some options for alleviating that as well.

UV rays, tanning beds and excess sunlight are generally the culprits behind the darker pigmentation, but as we age, the body produces extra melanin, which also contributes to the appearance of "liver" spots. There are other speculations. Shifting hormone levels from pregnancy or birth control pills have also been blamed for these spots. Some researchers even believe that handling psoralens, such as parsnips, limes and parsley before going out in the sun increases your likelihood of getting age spots. Medicine culprits may include antibiotics like Tetracycline, diuretics (water pills) and antipsychotics, like Thorazine. But then again, in some cases it's mostly hereditary.

Most dark spots are benign, but it is a good idea to ensure your spots are not some cancerous form before using any skin treatments. Consult a competent medical advisor. There is a certain risk they may be cancerous melanoma.This type of skin cancer, Lentigo Maligna Melanoma, generally develops as a result of long-term exposure to the sun. This cancer begins with tan or brown lesions that slowly darken and enlarge. In addition, these cancer generally have irregular borders, are slightly raised, and show uneven coloring.

Assuming you are not dealing with cancerous melanoma, there are many options for lightening and eliminating these spots. Reversa HQ and Neo Strata HQ are prescription bleaching creams containing Hydroquinone--a substance that can be quite harsh. Some patients try applying the creams every other day to strengthen their tolerance, while others opt to use mild steroids to ease the side effects over the next few months, while the age spots are fading.

We prefer Revitol Skin Brightener Cream which uses plant-based ingredients to reduce the appearance of dark spots including freckles and uneven pigmentation. Revitol keeps skin soft and moisturized; brightens the appearance of trouble spots safely. I always favor treatments that do not contain mercury or other harmful ingredients, particularly when I'm applying it to my skin. I don't know how long this deal will last, but as of this writing, they are offering Two Free bottles with your purchase.

Our favorite treatment for age spots, however, is Meladerm Pigment Reducing Complex. It gets rid of dark spot and reduces the appearance of skin discolorations and hyperpigmentation in just 2 weeks and is particularly effective for age spots, sun damage, melasma, acne scars, birthmarks and freckles. There is no risk in trying this product since it comes with a 100% money-back guarantee.

Another popular option is laser therapy to combat spots and repair damaged skin by destroying excess melanocytes. Laser treatment can be quite effective with age spots disappearing in a matter of weeks--results though require several office visits and can be quite expensive. This is a rewarding option because the probability of scarring is very low. As far as skin solutions go, this may be expensive, although for more serious cases, it's ideal.

While expensive and sometimes painful, a chemical peel can be used as well for persistence age spots. Impatient people won't appreciate this option, but it works very well over several treatments. The chemicals will cause your skin to peel like a sun burn, which sounds disgusting but will also rework your skin into a baby-bottom smooth finish. Chemical peels have also been used as a successful skin treatment for acne and eye wrinkles. But whenever you go out into the sun, be sure to apply sunscreen generously!

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