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Liver spots

As inevitable as a skin blemish may be, Liver spots are something we usually see as an inevitable sign of aging - however, they are not strictly speaking a symptom of aging, but rather the result of sun exposure that produces skin blemishes in some.

Liver spots are a brown to yellowish skin blemish which is often first noticed on the arms and hands, then the face. Liver sports can also appear on the chest, back, and less frequently, the legs and torso.

These skin blemishes are a result of the skin trying to protect itself from sun exposure by producing an overabundance of melanin, the pigment in your skin. However, it's worth being aware that they can be brought on or increased by bad health, or problems with the liver functions.

Be aware also that although most liver spots are harmless, early stages of skin cancer can masquerade as innocent looking blemishes. Any places that enlarge, thicken, change colour, bleed or itch should be referred to your doctor.

For those that are harmless, there is an assortment of treatments available that can fade them or even remove them completely, typically some combination of Kojic acid and Aloe Vera. There are also several nutrients that can prevent the sun damage that leads to age blemishes.

Of course the number one skin care treatment for UV exposure is to wear protective clothing and sunglasses to protect your eyes. As sunlight is most intense at midday, try to avoid exposure at this time. Use high quality sunscreen, with an SPF rating of at least 15, apply sunscreen at least a half hour before exposure, and reapply frequently. And don't forget to use sunscreen in the winter, too.



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