With growing age you may find many changes occurring in your body. Often these changes are first observed on skin. Brown spots on legs are unexpected surprise that you may find on your legs as you age. The pigment melanin gives color to your skin. This pigment protects the body from harmful rays of sunlight. So if you are exposed to sunlight for a longer time, your skin color is darker this is because of more melanin pigment production.
When the pigment gathers more in one spot, it may appear as brown spots.
Though brown spots on legs are considered to be harmless, they should not be neglected as sometimes they could be a sign of skin cancer (melanoma). Let your doctor examine such suspicious spots. So before they appear try to take protective measures, and if they are already present learn to treat them medically as well as with home remedies.
Causes Of Brown Spots On Legs
There are several causes responsible for brown spots on legs such as:
- Aging: brown spots are common in certain individuals as they age. It could be due to excessive exposure to sunlight for long duration. Certain people are genetically predisposed to brown spots on skin, especially on legs, arms, face and other frequently exposed areas. This age spots are harmless and they do not require any treatment.
- Young individuals: Brown spots on legs can also appear on younger individuals. Those who are frequently overexposed to sun rays are prone to brown spots on their body.
- Freckles: while freckles are common on face, they may appear on legs and other parts of body due to constant sun exposure. Light skin individuals and people with light hair are more prone to this condition.
- Endocrine disorders: such as thyrotoxicosis, Addison’s disease.
- Nutritional deficiencies: leading to a condition called pellagra.
Natural Remedies To Get Rid Of Brown Spots
In most cases brown spots on legs are not harmful and they may not need any treatment. However, they should be observed from time to time since such spots may be a precursor sign of skin cancer.
In modern medical science there are several options available to treat brown spot on legs. These may include laser therapy, chemical peeling, intense pulse light therapy and skin bleaching. However, home remedies are better options since they are less expensive as well as they are free from harmful side effects of bleaching and peeling.
- Protect your skin from sun rays by applying sunscreen before going out in sun, preferably 30 minutes before you go out in sun.
- To fade the brown spots mix a teaspoon of vinegar in one teaspoon of onion juice. Apply the mixture on brown spots, preferably in evening hours or in night when there is no possibility of sun exposure.
- Eat berries. They have natural product called arbutin. It has the same effect as that of hydroquinone which is known to prevent excess formation of melanin pigment.
- Liquorice is another natural herb which contains liquirtin, a substance known to lighten dark spots on skin.
- Eat vegetables and fruits rich in vitamins and minerals in your regular diet.