Age Spots On The Hands Of The Elderly: Where They Come From And How To Get Rid Of Them
January 9, 2019 15:40 By Fabiosa
Age changes the appearance of each person in a unique way. Some choose to actively fight gray hair and wrinkles, while others accept aging with a smile. One of the signs of aging is age spots on the hands. Below you will learn whether they pose a threat to health and whether they can be removed.
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Why age spots appear
Age spots or lentigo are small benign formations of a convex or flat shape. Most often they are dark brown, brown or gray. These pigmented spots usually appear on the areas of the skin exposed to the sun: the face, neck, the outer side of the arms, and the shoulders. Aging and exposure to ultraviolet rays lead to excessive production of melanin - the skin pigment responsible for its color. It can also be a result of hormonal imbalances, lack of vitamins or diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. But still, doctors are not always able to determine the exact cause of the appearance of these dark spots. They usually start showing after the age of 50, in rare cases – already at the age of 40.
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Harm to health
Since the spots are benign, they usually do not pose a health risk and rarely cause any problems, besides aesthetic ones. But if the spots begin to darken, bleed or grow in size, it is better to consult with your GP or dermatologist.
How to get rid of them
Since age spots are not dangerous, normally, they don’t require treatment. Moreover, they will appear over again. Still, there are several ways to remove the formations to improve the look of the skin.
1. Laser treatment
The procedure allows removing age spots and provides a lasting result in only several sessions. However, the spots may darken or crust for a while, but it is a temporary stage.
2. Surgical treatment
The doctor removes the spots with a scalpel under a local anesthetic. However, the surgery may leave scars and damage adjacent tissue.
3. Chemical peeling
A specialist uses tools to remove the outer layer of the skin so that it can grow anew. However, people with sensitive skin should avoid this procedure.
Age spots are removed by exposure to liquid nitrogen. However, you need to contact a professional cosmetologist, as a poorly performed procedure can harm healthy tissues.
You can also use bleach or concealer, but they are not as effective and only hide the problem.
Don’t forget about the basics: protect your skin from ultraviolet rays, use sunscreen, and always wear capes and hats. Take care of your health and appearance.
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Remember: don’t be afraid to grow old, because life is interesting at any age, and health is always worth taking care of.
This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.