Age spots are a problem for a good majority of the world. The sun has that effect on the skin after so many years. The most unnerving kind is facial age spots. It is not bad enough that these spots are not flattering to the skin, but to be planted directly on the face is just the icing on top of the cake. Fortunately there are many ways to help lighten these spots or to completely make them vanish.
A great way to help facial age spots is to use whitening or lightening creams. Many of these creams have been very helpful in lightening dark spots on the skin. There are many different types of creams.
Hydroquinone creams are probably the most common ones to find, especially in the United States. This chemical has been proven to whiten skin. However, it has recently been discovered to be a carcinogen, and possible also causes ochronosis, which creates a bluish-black spot on the face. This ingredient has been banned in many countries, but can still be purchased over the counter in the US in 2% form. Any more than that requires a prescription.
Now, manufactures are starting to use alpha-arbutin in place hydroquinone. This has been found to work the same way as hydroquinone as just as efficiently, but it is much safer. So far, no life threatening side effects have been detected in anyone. This is a water soluble biosynthetic ingredient. It works by inhibiting tyrosinase production, which is what makes melanin producing possible. The effects are that it lightens and evens out the skin tone.
Many of these products are mixed with other lightening products. Some of these are Vitamin C or Vitamin Be. Licorice extract is added to many whitening creams because it has amazing lightening properties. It can also be applied on its own or mixed with home remedy recipes.
Kojic acid is another main ingredient in the skin lightening cream. It brightens and whitens the skin, and can lighten dark spots related to age spot from hyperpigmentation or sun damage. It works to inhibit the melanin production and disperses melanin that already exists.
Having facial age spots can be an inconvenience. Fortunately, there are ways to help correct this skin that has been damaged. Age spots do not have to be something people spend time worrying about. By spending a little money these spots can be lightened or cured all together. Whitening cream is a great way to find promising results.