What way for liver spot removal? What is the best remover for dark liver blotches? Here’s a list of top rated removers plus the ingredients you should always look for. Also, we have included the best home remedies that give the best results.
Liver Spot Removal – Common Treatment Options
If you are uncomfortable about how liver spots make your skin look, treatments are available to reduce their appearance or get rid of them. As you will soon find out, most liver spot removal options revolve around lightening the spots to make them more harmonious with the rest of the skin. They include:
Medications: Topical prescription bleaching creams (containing hydroquinone) are often used to treat liver spots. These may be used alongside retinoid (tretinoin) and steroid creams over a period of several months.
In some cases, these creams cause temporary redness, itching, dryness and burning but that will goes way in just a short while. The Mayo Clinic recommends using a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF rating of 30 or more alongside the medications.
Laser Treatment of Dark Spots
These days there are non-invasive Laser therapies can be used to target and destroy the melanocytes, the cells responsible for production of melanin, without damaging the surface of the skin as was the case with traditional ablative laser techniques.
Several sessions of laser therapy are however typically required to effectively remove the liver spots.
One possible side-effect of laser therapy is discoloration of the skin. The Mayo clinic recommends staying away from the sun after undergoing laser treatment.
Cryotherapy or Cryosurgery
Cryotherapy involves a freezing agent, usually liquid nitrogen, on the liver spots to destroy the extra melanin. This treatment is most suitable for a single dark spot or a cluster grouping of spots.
It is common to have an irritation of the skin immediately after undergoing cryotherapy but his will clear away as the area heals. Another downside of cryotherapy is that there is always the risk of permanent scaring and/or discoloration of the skin.
Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion
During the dermabrasion procedure, the surface layer of the skin is literally sanded off with a special ablative wire brush to allow room for growth of a new healthy skin. Dermabrasion often causes temporary redness and scabbing.
A dermatologist may as well decide to use a chemical peel, usually an acid, to burn the outermost layer of skin that has been affected by liver spots, to allow growth of new healthy skin. A number of treatment sessions may be needed to attain optimum results.
With chemical peels, there is always a risk of temporary irritation and skin discoloration. Keeping out f the sun is also recommended after chemical peels treatment.
Your doctor or dermatologist will decide what the best treatment for your specific case is. Keep in mind however that your insurance company may not settle the bill for your liver spot removal option since most of these treatments are considered cosmetic.
Liver Spot Removal Cream – Ingredients to Look for
“What should i look for in a liver spot removal cream?” This is a question asked by Amery who is one of our readers. She is just 19 years old and she has already developed liver spots on her shoulders. This is likely to have a genetic linkage.
Well the Mayo Clinic recommends looking for liver spot removal creams with the following ingredients:
Hydroquinone for Lightening
This skin lightening ingredient is as much popular as it is controversial. Many countries in the Europe and Asia have banned the use of hydroquinone products but it is still widely used in the US where dermatologists maintain that hydroquinone is safe if used in small concentrations.
Kojic Acid (Bleaches)
Kojic acid is another useful ingredient but Jordana S. Gilman, MD, a Dermatologic Surgeon based in Atlanta says that is it is “…slightly less effective than hydroquinone”.
Glycolic Acid (Known to Whiten Dark Spots)
This popular acne treatment ingredient is also beneficial to liver spots.
It is not uncommon to come across a liver spot removal cream with more than one of these ingredients.
Best Liver Spot Remover
With the prevalence of this dermal condition among the adult population aged over 40 years, there exists dozens upon dozens of removal products out there. Since not all products are created equally, what is the best liver spot remover?
In a study conducted by the Good Housekeeping Institute where several products were tested, Murad’s Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Gel was found to be the best liver spot remover.
This was followed in effectiveness by Good Skin’s All Bright Spot Treatment coming in second.
We further dug into the internet trying to find more spot removal products with a good standing based on customer reviews and manufacturer’s data and were able to come up with the following list of the best liver dark brown spot removers out there:
- Murad’s Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Gel
- Good Skin’s All Bright Spot Treatment
- Dr. LeWinn by Kinerase Skin Tone Perfecting Serum XK – With kojic acid and licorice
- La Roche-Posay Mela-D Skin Lightening Daily Lotion
- Aveeno Clear Complexion BB Cream
Liver Spot Removal Home Remedies
If you are a great fan of home remedies, and trying some self-care measures before paying your doctor a visit is your kind of thing – I am too – then you will delight to know that the list of home remedies for liver spot removal is not at all limited.
You may want to choose from among the following over-the-counter treatments which are available in drugstores, online, and in departmental stores.
Hydroquinone Fade Creams
Hydroquinone fade creams are the most effective at improving the appearance of liver spots according to Dr. Gilman. These are sold over-the-counter in concentrations of up to 2% which is considered safe by most dermatologists in the US.
It may however cause irritation in some people. If this happens, discontinue use and instead seek the attention of your doctor. Although hydroquinone creams are widely available I the United States, they may not be available to people in some European and Asian countries where it’s banned for its potentially carcinogenic properties.
Glycolic Acid Creams and Soaps
Glycolic acid – a type of alpha hydroxyl acid – helps to exfoliate the skin while reducing the appearance of liver spots, wrinkles, and fine lines and other skin flaws associated with the damaging effect of UV rays and aging.
OTC creams (or lotions) usually require leaving them on the skin for a few minutes before washing them off with water. They can however be pretty harsh on the skin and is thus advisable to moisturize immediately after using such products.
It is also not uncommon to have some degree of redness after using glycolic acid products.
Applying sunscreen will of course not help with healing but will help to prevent the formation of more dark blotches as sun damage is the primary causative factor. Sunscreen will also help to prevent further darkening of the already existing spots.
Points to keep in mind:
- Some products, particularly those containing hydroquinone, may cause irritation
- You may have to use the products over the course of several weeks or months before optimum results are achieved.
Natural Liver Spot Removal Remedies
The following are some natural liver spot removal remedies that you may want to include in your blemish management routine:
Lemon juice contains citric acid which has bleaching properties that are usually beneficial to discoloration spots. Using this remedy is as easy as dabbing a small amount of freshly squeezed lemon juice directly on the liver spots and then leaving it on your skin for half an hour before rinsing it off with water. For best results, repeat 2 times every day over a span of 1-2 months.
- Lemon juice increases the sensitivity of your skin to sunlight and could worsen the condition. It is thus advisable to stay out of the sun after using this remedy.
- As for people with sensitive skin, it is advisable to dilute the lemon juice with an equal volume of water before using it to avoid irritating the skin.
The lactic acid in buttermilk also has bleaching properties. To use this remedy, simply apply a thin film of buttermilk directly on the sun spots using a cotton ball and then wash it off with cold water after 15 minutes. Repeat the process 2 to 3 times each day until you achieve optimum results.
You might also want to mix butter mil with tomato juice for better and faster results.
Caution: People with oily skin should consider mixing butter with lemon juice (in the ratio of 1:1) to avoid making the skin too greasy.