Not so long ago, my friend Gerri asked me about the mark on my arm. “I must have hit something,” i said. “I don’t remember hitting anything, but it must be a bruise.” Several weeks went by. The bruise did not go away. In fact, it became a dark brown and while flat, seemed to grow in size. Maybe a trip to the skin doctor would…
Another week went by and I was using my fade cream as I usually do. I have English and German pale skin, skin that can develop lots of brown spots on my hands. My brother’s hands were filled with brown spots, but my hands were relatively pristine because I’ve been using fade cream forever.
Well it seems I let some fade cream get close to that brown spot on my arm one day recently, and voila, the spot got paler. I tried it again and several days later the spot was gone. I’m a genius.
Then I asked Google to tell me about age spots.
Seems as if I must be over 50 to get them (though I like to think I’m 35) and they do seem to be most prevalent on sensitive skin (that’s me, sensitive).
Google tells me that age spots are also called liver spots and they occur most frequently on the hands and feet, but can really pop up anywhere: arms, shoulders even on the lips! Can I wear fade cream on my lips? Age spots are not inherited, though the sensitive side of me came from my mother.
Dermatologists treat more than 3 million cases of age spots a year, using techniques such as cryotherapy, chemical peels, laser resurfacing and microdermabrasion. Age spots are benign (harmless) and can range in color from tan and brown to black, though one site also said “red” spots are seen, too.
What causes age spots? Overexposure to the UV rays of sunlight mostly. The use of commercial tanning lamps and tanning beds can also cause them. I haven’t seen George Hamilton lately. The ever-tan George may be hiding behind a very large age spot.
My fade cream is one kind of treatment. Other home remedies require time and patience. Here are just a few of the products suggested online that one can rub on an age spot…and wait:
1. Tomato juice
2. Lemon or orange juice
3. Vitamin E capsules
4. Aloe Vera
8. Apple cider vinegar
9. Olive oil
And yes, once age spots disappear…they, like MacArthur, most likely will return.
Complications from age spots include a difficulty in diagnosing dangerous skin cancers and the emotional distress if age spots cause folks to be embarrassed about their appearance causing them to stay at home. Wait a minute, we’re staying home already!
Let’s just hope that age spots also bring with them wisdom..the wisdom of being over age 50 and finally making sense of the world’s hot spots, trouble spots and blind spots. Our wise solutions will, of course, be …..spot on.