Age Spots on Neck
Age spots on neck are caused by overexposure of the neck to the sun as this is typically an area of skin we forget to apply sunscreen to. Ultraviolet rays from the sun are the cause of age spots. However, they are more common with elderly people hence the name age spots, although they can also be called liver spots, sun spots or solar lentigo.
The skin has a layer of melanin. This is the dark pigment that gives colour to the skin. It is also a protective pigment of the skin. When the skin is overexposed to the sun, more melanin is produced by the body to protect it from the ultraviolet rays of the sun.
As one grows old, these small bits of melanin naturally jpin together and form dark pigmentation spots that are known as age spots. The neck is very much affected because usually it is left uncovered hence exposed to the sun.
There are many remedies when one wants to cure age spots on neck. They range from natural methods to laser treatment. Most of the treatment methods can be done at home but if all fail, there are other methods of removal that have higher chances of success than the home methods.
One very common method of removing age spots on neck is lemon juice. Lemon juice is good as it acts as a sterilizer and also as a skin toner. It is preferred because it has no side effects to the skin. However, for those with sensitive skin, it is advisable to use mild lemon juice. This does not cause irritation.
Another good method to get rid of age spots on neck is aloe vera gel. This gel is known for its many therapeutic properties. When removing age spots from the neck, this gel is applied directly onto the skin and left there for about 20 to 30 minutes. It is then washed off using cold water.
Another method of removing age spots on neck is liquid nitrogen. It freezes the age spots and makes them peel off like a chemical peel. This method can sting, or leave white marks where the spots were so it is advisable to talk to a doctor before attempting to apply liquid nitrogen, and if you do try it – test it in a cosmetically unimportant area first.
If home methods prove ineffective in removing the age spots, then laser therapy can be used. In this therapy, the affected skin is subjected to a beam of light, which enters the skin and destroys the cells that cause such spotting. Although laser therapy can be expensive, it is very effective since it can completely remove age spots.