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Natural Treatments for Age- and Liver-Spots

This article was written as a response to the question: How to remove white spots, age spots and liver spots on your arms or face?
There are several affordable, natural, plant- and animal-based treatments for age and liver spots. The best treatments are simply to apply food to the affected areas, being that food has been proven to make humans well since time out of mind. These treatments can be undertaken at home and spare the costs of invasive cosmetic surgery such as skin bleach and laser treatment.

Spots on the skin that develop with age usually fall into two types: "age" or "liver" spots, caused within by physiological aging, and spots caused without by sun exposure. White spots are a different story, but one can get informed by reading this article. The most common places that spots show up are on the backs of the hands, the arms and the face. This is a good thing, because it points to sun exposure and not internal problems. These spots are harmless, but can be removed with natural and painless methods for cosmetic purposes.

One can resort to bleaches, lasers and so forth depending on how much money one wants to burn, but bleach and lasers traumatize skin. Our intention is, however, to heal the skin. Healing comes primarily from bringing the body back into its natural balance, not additional trauma.

Basically the same techniques and ingredients used to prevent skin damage also can be used to treat skin damage, including age and liver spots.

-Aloe vera, a plant used to treat burns, castor oil, apple cider vinegar, dandelion milk, buttermilk, yogurt, honey, mint, olive oil and lemon juice (though not necessarily all at once), all will gradually fade spots as they rejuvenate the skin. One should rub one of the ingredients at a time onto the affected area and leave it on for an hour or so at a time. This isn't an exact science, but some of the harsher treatments, like vinegar or lemon juice, can irritate the skin if left on all day.

-One should not expect the spots to go away as if rubbed with an eraser, and must remember to put on moisturizing skin cream or a gentle natural oil after the treatment. Apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and castor oil will dry skin up real quick if not followed with moisturizer. It's also not a bad idea to consult a dermatologist during self-treatment and use books and the internet to look for people who can comment on the effectiveness of the chosen ingredients.

-That may seem like a lot of foods, but think about it. Are these good for you on the inside? What are they made of? Oil, fat, acids and vitamins, all things that an animal needs. Of course they're good for your skin! Expensive sunblocks are made of the same stuff, only in artificially cooked forms invented for convenience to the consumer.

-One should remember that there is no difference between food and medicine other than that grocery stores put them in different aisles. These same ingredients should be going into the body to prevent damage within. In a few words, eat healthy and hydrate! To prevent the most severe skin damage there's not much one can do besides take regular breaks from sun exposure and stay in the shade during high noon hours. 

There are many sites that give the same advice, however the site with the best sources appears to be at Livestrong:

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