Thursday, December 25, 2008

Eliminate Age Spots Quickly. Here’s How…

With such a high divorce rate in our country, there are a staggering number of middle-aged men and women searching in the populace for 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. While facelifts, hair dying, collagen injections and anti wrinkle cream are popular anti-skin aging treatments, there’s still that problem of the brown “liver” or age spots covering your arms. Happily, there are some options for alleviating that as well.

Certainly UV rays from excess sunlight and tanning beds cause darker pigmentation, but a certain amount of the problem is simply age related as the body produces extra melanin. There are other speculations. For example, pregnancy or certain kinds of birth control pills that create shifting hormone levels have been rumored to cause them too. 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. Certain medicines are also implicated–like Tetracycline, certain diuretics, and antipsychotics like Thorazine. Often, however, the tendency to have age spots is simply hereditary.

Before using any skin treatments, it is a good idea to get professional medical advice regarding your “liver spots”. 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.

Once you are confident your spots are not cancerous, there are several great treatments available 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 lightens dark age spots safely while keeping the skin moisturized and soft. I don’t know about you, but when I put something directly on my skin I like to know it contains no mercury or other harmful ingredients. This is a limited offer, but right now they are offering two free bottles with certain purchases.

Our favorite treatment for age spots, however, is Meladerm Pigment Reducing Complex. Using Meladerm you can lighten dark spots and reduce discolorations and hyperpigmentation in 14 days or less. This is particularly effective with age spots, birthmarks, freckles and sun damage. 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 requires several visits and may be expensive, but the results are effective, with “liver” spots usually disappearing within weeks. This is a rewarding option because the probability of scarring is very low. This skin solution can be ideal for more serious cases, but it is quite expensive.

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. It is imperative that you apply sunscreen liberally when you are exposed to the sun!

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