You noticed I didn't call them "age spots" but I guess that is what they are too.
I have an omeba shaped age spot on my cheek from spending too much time in the sun when I was younger. "Oh, the dumb things we did... Anyway, I am so tired of people telling me I have dirt on my face and I am too embarressed usually to tell them what it really is. Is there a product out there that will fad these darn things or is all hope lost? :(
june-nmexico - not sure if Mary Kay Timewise Even Complexion Essence works on hands, actually never thought of trying that. But now that you mention it I intend to. I do use it on my face and neck (yup, sun damage here too from being a silly kid) and it really does work. A little goes a long way.
Go to Wal Mart auto section. Get a jar of GOJO pumice hand cleanser. Since I started using it on my face and neck and hands 2 mos. ago, my adult acne has cleared up, my pores are smaller, my skin is brighter, dark spots on my cheeks are fading and fine lines have all but disappeared. I wash my face and neck with GOJO every 3 days. Wash the backs of my hands with it every night. My spots are lightening up. I can't believe that it works as well as it does. My legs chap in the winter, so used GOJO on them - no more chapped legs. Just smooth, soft skin. My husband uses it on his elbows. Several ladies at church asked me if I had a peel and I told them about GOJO. They are now using it. I am 64 and wish I had discovered this yrs. ago. If anyone tries it and it makes a difference I would be interested in know. Please send me a d-mail. Thanks. LIZ
What seems to make them "disappear" is the skin in that area being exfoliated. I've read that both aloe vera gel (which apparently heals) and lemon juice (AHA) work. I'm going to try both, maybe on different spots to see which works. And maybe GOJO on another. lol
I have tried a bleaching product in the past from Avon. It is a cream and in a jar. It works quite well. Use it faithfully and I think you will notice the age spot getting lighter and lighter. I do not notice mine anymore. Be sure to notice the expiration date because the product does turn dark around the expiration time and I just threw it out. LOL.
The age spot on my left cheek has just about disappeared altogether. The one on my right temple is fading fast. I just use the GOJO every 3 days. Also the spots on my hands are getting lighter. Wish I had taken pixs of them as proof. LIZ
Just came upon this thread and went to WalMart to buy GoJo. I found that it is being discontinued in our store and it was on the markdown rack in the Auto dept. I bought two 64oz pump containers for $2 a piece. It smells like oranges!
Only tried it on my hands so far--and they are very smooth. I'll be watching the spots fade, I hope.
I've had the "spot" problem off and on for years. The reason it was intermittent was that it was due to birth control pill usage. Even low-dose pills can cause melasma, and the spots (in my case, anyway) are on the face where there is sun exposure. Because of the other conveniences/benefits of the pill, I'll try it again every few years...but the discolorations always reoccur.
Even after I'm off the pill, the discolorations last 6 months- 1 year. I haven't found a decent skin treatment that helps.
This doesn't solve your problem, unfortunately - but it might help understand the cause of it if you are on the pill (or possibly other hormone treatments as well).
Even though this thread is super old...A visit to the dermatologist can determine the cause of the problem and suggest the best treatment. Some "age spots" are not just on the surface and exfoliating won't do a thing since the new cells are already pigmented.
Also a good time to get all those spots and moles documented for future changes and have precancerous spots frozen off.
i visit my dermatologist every year, faithfully. i get a full body inspection and there is always something that needs to be taken off or laser'ed or frozen. it's very important.
lol on the porcelana. i remember once years ago i came home from work with a present for my mom. i usually surprised her with something every friday after i cashed my paycheck. this particular day i bought her a jar of porcelana. she was not amused...lol
Hey Ladies! Maybe I can rejuvenate a very old thread with some really good stuff in it! Thanks for your info. I am headed to the automotive store!
On a more pricey front, get a prescription from your derm for Triluma Creme. A tiny bit goes a long way. But it removes the age spots. Course, if you don't use sunscreen, etc, they reappear. By the t ime we are at age spot age nothing is one shot deal...ongoing treatment.
I have found a product that has faded the amoeba shaped spot on my cheek over several months. Olay Total Effects, 7-in-1 Anti-Aging daily moisturizer. I am very pleased as you can hardly see it at all anymore.
I would use a chemical exfoliant. The ones that work physically, such as scrubs with abrasive ingredients, may work well but are also damaging to the skin. You may see benefits in the beginning as you strip away old skin cells and the top layer, but long term use is not good. Using abrasive scrubs, esp on the face, is not something I would do more than once a week at the most.
Creams or lotions containing hydroquinine 2% will do the trick, again, long term use is not recommended. I use the products for a month or so, fade the marks, then discontinue for a while, until the marks show up again. You can buy it at any drug store, Porcelana is the most common one.
I had good results with a product made by Palmer's called Skin Success. You have to apply it twice a day for several weeks but it does lighten the discolorations nicely. You can find it at Wal Mart, too. I'm going to check out the Gojo next time I'm in Wally World. My hands are starting to look like alligator paws. Maybe the Gojo will help.