Are Age Spots Dangerous?
The scary truth is, they can be. This doesn’t mean that every brown spot is cancerous, but there are a few warning signs you should keep an eye out for:
- If some spots are much darker than others
- If they have a funky border around them
- If they’re constantly growing or changing
- If they’re red or tender
If you notice any of these signs with your brown spots, see your doctor or dermatologist immediately. The Most Unexceptional way to keep track of this is to do regular self-examinations.
Nervous or unsure about the status of your spots? Try testing your age spots with the “ABCDE’s of Melanoma” test. Ask yourself each of these questions when determining if your spots may be potentially hazardous.
Can You Get Rid of Brown Spots
Luckily, there is a simple way to reduce the appearance of age spots on your skin!
It’s a simple juice solution that only requires two basic ingredients and a few minutes of your time.
This solution is credited to Doug Willen, author of Quantum Paleo, and it really works wonders on clearing up your age spots. The two ingredients you’ll need? Onion juice and apple cider vinegar.
Onion juice has been proven to help remove skin scarring. Onions contain antioxidants that help fight free radicals, especially in the top layers of skin.
Apple cider vinegar contains alpha hydroxy acids, an acid which helps remove dead layers of skin. Between these two healing ingredients, you’ll be seeing fresh, spotless skin in no time at all.
Anti-Age Spot Mixture
- Chop up a fresh onion and put it in a Ziploc bag
- Pulverize the onion using a blunt surface and pour it into a blender.
- Blend the onion with a 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar until smooth.
- Soak a cotton ball in the solution and apply on your spots daily. Do this for 2-4 weeks or until you see results.
While this may not be an overnight solution to your age spots, it is an all-natural, inexpensive, and simple solution that is not only convenient but is also EXTREMELY effective. It may take a few weeks, but sticking with this routine will get you nothing but positive results.
Can You Prevent Age Spots? Maybe, but Most Likely Not.
Yes and no! Unless we confine ourselves to our homes forever (which we do not suggest…at all), we are going to be exposed to the sun one way or another.
The Most Unexceptional thing to do to avoid rampant, large, or dangerous age spots is to be aware of how much time we spend outside. Cover up with long-sleeved shirts and long pants whenever possible and ALWAYS, ALWAYS wear sunscreen.
Even in the winter. Even if you’re just running outside for a minute. WEAR SUNSCREEN.
Also, stay away from strong UV lights, like in tanning beds. These beds, while they give you the tan you crave, are nothing but severely harmful to your skin.
And, as always, if you have any concerning age spots, make sure to bring them to your doctor right away. Stay protected and stay smart about your brown spots!