Liver Spots are harmless

Also known as age spots, liver spots are flat spots that form on your skin later in life.  They are usually gray, brown or black and can vary in size.  Over time, UV exposure damages the pigment-producing cells in the skin and some of them tend to produce more pigment as a result.  Liver spots typically appear on the face, hands, and arms, as these are the areas exposed to the sun the most.  The liver spots are harmless.  The only harm liver spots do is psychologically because of the cosmetic issues.  The sight of liver spots upsets many people because it is a sign of aging and they are usually quite unsightly.

Preventing liver spots is ideal, but if you already have them, they can be removed or lightened.  Using plenty of sunscreen is the best prevention for liver spots.  If you can avoid sun exposure, this is also a good option.   We are all exposed to the sun while we drive in our cars, so slab on that sunscreen each day before you leave the house.  If it is too late to prevent the liver spots, there is no need to fret.  You can have them removed or lightened with a bleaching cream.  You also may be able to lighten liver spots by increasing your intake of intoxicants and avoiding the sun.

As always, knowing before it happens gives you the power to prevent.  Keep practicing those healthy lifestyle habits and slab on that SPF 15 or higher sunscreen.

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