Black spots on aka age spots or liver spots are flat brown or black spots that appear on the face, hands, and arms. This black spots appear due to aging or excessive sun exposure from routine outdoor activities.
Spots on the skin are generally harmless. But for some people, the appearance of these black spots may feel disturbing appearance. Here are various natural ways that can help eliminate them.
How do you get rid of black spots on the skin?
1. Whitening cream
Whitening cream is an easy way to get rid of black spots on the skin. Fade creams and lotions are easy to use but you must remember to use them regularly as directed. You must choose products that contain hydroquinone, glycolic acid or kojic acid. These chemicals can brighten the skin and are safe to use. However, using fading creams can take a long time. You may have to wait for several months to see progress.
Sometimes, doctors can prescribe several types of whitening creams that contain hydroquinone to be used independently or in combination with retinoids (tretinoin). Black spots on your skin can fade gradually over time. If you use drugs, you should also use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or more to protect the skin from the appearance of other spots due to sunlight. This treatment can cause redness and dryness of the skin.
3. Laser or light therapy
Laser therapy or light works to destroy cells that produce excess melanin. This therapy does not damage the skin. This treatment program can consist of several sessions. You may have to go through several therapy sessions before the effects appear real. After that, you must protect the skin with sunscreen and closed clothing.
Dermabrasion uses a wire brush or diamond wheel to lift the top layer of skin. This method is classified as damaging the skin and causing bleeding. After the skin has healed, new skin will grow so that the black spots will not be obvious. New skin will grow once 5 to 8 days. After 6 to 12 weeks, the spots will fade. If you treat your entire face, you need more time to recover after the action.
Most people don’t experience pain and can return to work right after treatment. Sometimes, swelling and pain can occur. Remember to keep the skin clean and protect it from sunburn.
5. Chemical peeling
In chemical peels, doctors use equipment to lift the top layer of skin. When new skin grows, age spots can fade. You may need to stop using several drugs before you start this procedure. Chemicals used include salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and lactic acid. You must protect the skin with sunscreen when traveling out, because after the procedure, your skin can become more susceptible to sunlight. New skin can grow after a few days and most black spots can disappear after a few months.
It’s good to first consult your dermatologist to discuss which method is best for your case.