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Liverspots, otherwise known as solar lentigo, are nothing more than harmless and painless blemishes that occur because of over exposure to the UV rays of the sun. They are light brown, red or black pigmentation. Could this have been avoided you asked? The obvious is clear; you have to stay out of the sun or use precautionary measures.

Having liverspots is not the end of your beautiful skin. There are treatments to treat this type of skin condition. Oral and topical solutions offer a long term solution. Sometimes the condition is more severe and would therefore require prescription medicine. Liverspots can also be removed through laser treatment, electro surgery or cryotherapy. For the average income earning persons, these options may be expensive.

All of us spend some amount of time in the sun on a daily basis. So, it may not be entirely possible to stay out of the sun. Sunscreen or sunblock is a lotion, gel or spray that is applied to the skin to prevent the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. Sunscreens are classified in two, whereby, one absorbs the UV rays and the other reflects the sunlight.

Sunscreen when applied, can be very effective in absorbing or reflecting the ultraviolet radiation on the skin that is exposed to sunlight; thereby preventing sun burn. Since the main cause of liverspots is over exposure to the sun, it is important to wear sunscreen. Cancer organizations generally recommend that sunscreen be worn, as it may prevent also skin cancer. The lighter the skin, the more susceptible it is to the damaging effects of the sun.

Choosing the right sunscreen product will be easier with some basic knowledge. The market is saturated with various brands of sunscreen. So, one should pay attention to the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) number. The higher the SPF factor or number, the better or longer the protection will be. Someone wearing sunscreen lotion with SPF 30 will not turn red or feel the effects of the sun until after 30 minutes. Therefore, if the time in the sun will exceed the 30 minutes then one must keep reapplying. Applying liberally to all exposed areas is also a must for its effectiveness.  And, it should be applied several minutes before going into the sun.

According to science, the ozone layer is what protects us from the ultraviolet rays from the sun. If in fact this is depleting, then, we are at a greater risk of developing some type of skin cancer or liverspots. As a result, it is of paramount importance that we take the necessary precautions in protecting our beautiful skin.

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