Liver Spots Causes
Liver spots are effectively patches of skin that have been damaged by exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun and usually appear on the face, hands, arms, shoulders and the scalp if you are bald.
The sun causes the body’s natural pigment-making cells to over produce melanin in one spot creating a darkened patch of skin over a number of years. Liver spots tend to increase with age as the skin struggles to repair the damage of ultraviolet light.
Freckles are smaller than sunspots and can be inherited while sunspots appear on anyone. They were called Liver Spots because of a believed connection to the health of the liver but that theory has been disproved.
The best way to avoid sunspots is to cover up and stay out of the sun, particularly between 10 am and 1pm when its rays are at their strongest.
Liver Spots Treatment
Liver spots can be treated with a range of techniques including laser pigmentation removal is a non-invasive and effective treatment. The laser’s beam is trained on the sunspots and its wavelengths are absorbed by the skin cells containing excessive pigmentation which is effectively destroyed while health cells are stimulated.
The procedure takes around 30 minutes, depending on the density of the sunspot’s colour, and reduces the skin tone and bumpiness. Three procedures are normally advised.
Carefully applied chemical peels can also be safe and effective as it uses a solution that causes the top layer of skin to separate and peel off, leaving newer skin with a better tone and colour.