Vitamins For Liver Spots
Liver spots, also known as solar lentigo, are a result of long-term exposure to the sun and not as is sometimes thought, because of problems with the liver. Liver spots most often appear on areas of the skin consistently exposed to the sun for prolonged periods of time. The spots are usually flat, tan or light brown in color, oval or irregularly shaped with well-defined borders. They are not cancerous. Note however, if blemishes change in any significant way, you see a doctor.
There are ways to prevent the occurrence of liver spots:
- Become dependent on sunscreen with an SPF of thirty or more. Apply at least a half-hour before going outside and reapply frequently.
- Be careful during the summer months. Stay indoors as much as possible, especially from midmorning to mid-afternoon when the sun is at it hottest and brightest.
- If you must go out, wear as much protective clothing as possible, e.g. long-sleeved shirts, long pants and hats.
Treatment for liver spots consists primarily of use of skin bleaching lotions, skin creams and shampoos where the scalp has been affected. They can also be removed by the use of cryotherapy, i.e. removal of the spots by the use liquid nitrogen.
One way of preventing the occurrence of liver spots is through a course of vitamins. Taking the right combination of vitamins is essential in strengthening the body’s resistance to those forces which encourage the growth of liver spots. Vitamins A, C, D and E are beneficial to the having healthy skin. Vitamin A helps to form, as well as maintain healthy skin, teeth and bones. It can be found in such foods as eggs, meat, fortified milk, cheese, cream, liver, kidney, cod and fish oil. Vitamin C is essential to growth and the repair of tissues in all parts of the body. It forms an important protein in the makeup of skin, tendons, and ligaments.
Vitamin C also an antioxidant which fights what are known as ‘free radicals’ which occur as a result of exposure to tobacco smoke and other pollutants which ultimately affect the health of the skin. Vitamin D assists the body with absorbing calcium and is activated in the body by direct exposure to the sun. Some amount of sun exposure is still good. The following foods contain Vitamin D – cheese, butter, cream and fortified milk.
For many, finding the right foods can be tricky at best and it is recommended that a course of supplements be undertaken to make up for whatever vitamin deficiencies may occur. Taking care of the body should always be a priority in preventing any kind of disease or condition and vitamins are essential in that process.