Do you want to look younger and feel fabulous?
Okay … that’s a silly question. Of course you do! Well, I have a secret for you. The best way to shed years off your appearance is to show your skin some loving. New studies show that dark spots on your face, neck, and hands can make you look up to 20 years older than you actually are. That’s because, not only do dark spots reveal years of sun damage, they can also trick the eye into thinking your skin is bumpy, uneven, or wrinkly – even if it’s not. No one wants that!
The good news is, you can get rid of age spots, sun spots, acne spots, or liver spots. But before you start evening your skin tone, you should really know what’s causing those nasty spots in the first place.
About 90 percent of dark spots are caused by routine sun exposure. In an effort to protect itself, your skin produces melanin. Along with blocking the sun from penetrating the skin too deeply, melanin makes skin look darker. While you may love the way your tan looks, over time melanin may start accumulating in little pockets all over your skin. This is how many blotches and dark spots (AKA hyperpigmentations) are formed.
Sometimes spots form without the sun as a result of genetics, acne scars, or taking certain medications.
So how can you get rid of these unwanted spots?
First things first, you should get dark spots checked by a professional to make sure they aren’t cancerous. While dark spots can turn into melanoma, often times, they are just a visual frustration that add years to your appearance.
For many years, people have turned to skin bleaching, chemical peels, and/or laser treatments as a way to reduce the appearance of dark spots. Let me first address skin bleaching. The problem is many bleaching creams are loaded with toxic chemicals that aren’t healthy for your skin or body. Remember – what you put on your skin seeps into your bloodstream and impacts your health. Dermatologists even warn patients that such bleaching products can cause cancer. Fewer dark spots on your skin certainly isn’t worth that risk. Plus, your spots may not even fade completely!
Does it even work?
Top dermatologists say bleaching creams can sometimes leave a light ring around dark spots, making them look even worse!
So what’s left?
While chemical peels and laser treatments are popular, they can be quite painful, require a recovery period, and are expensive. Then there are the cheaper home remedies. Sure you can try rubbing lemon juice or onion juice on your skin. Some people swear by those stinky solutions. But chances are you’ll get frustrated in a week or two when you don’t see results and then stop.
It may seem like there isn’t anything else you can do to get rid of dark spots. But, if you remember back to the beginning of this article, I told you that evening your skin tone is possible!