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ask: Can you stop the formation of liver spots?

By Celtic Thunder
 
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I read that liver spots begin around the age of 40. I have seen older women with them, some with many of them, especially on the hands and face/upper body.

I know they are pretty harmless but is there anything one can do to prevent them from even starting?

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Liver spots or age spots are pretty common. They are mainly related to the environment, genetics, nutrition as well as other factors such as sun exposure. For example, fair skinned people tend to show age spots or liver spots more than a darker skinner person.

Medline Plus.com indicates that preventing sunburn, using sunscreen and wearing protective clothing while exposed to the sun is the best way to prevent sun exposure. Good nutrition and fluid intake in another helpful prevention tip. One other thing that helps is keeping your skin moisturized with lotions that are not full of perfumes.

For the full article relating to Medline Plus click here http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/004014.htm.

The American Academy of Dermatology also provides information on how to treat liver spots once you have them. You can find that information here http://www.skincarephysicians.com/agingskinnet/basicfacts.html.

Hope this helps.

December 21, 2008 - 10:23am
Alison Beaver

Liver spots, also known as "age spots" or "solar lentigo" are best prevented by sunscreen and avoiding the exposure of sun to those areas.

For cosmetic purposes, these dark skin spots can be treated by a dermatologist (I believe some of the products used contain alpha hydroxy acids or retinoids). Laser treatment may also be considered.

The Mayo Clinic has a full page, describing age spot treatments: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/age-spots/DS00912/DSECTION=treatments-a..., including:
- Laser Treatment
- Dermabrasion
- Prescription medications for lightening spots
- Chemical Peel

December 21, 2008 - 9:42am
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