Young woman and senior woman with age spots holding hands

Age spots are caused by the extra production of melanin, which is the dark pigment that gives our skin its color. This can happen because of sun damage or old age. Using liquid nitrogen has proved to be a successful treatment in removing age spots. There are a few things to learn before having it done, but afterwards you can look and feel younger.

Find a physician in your area who does liquid nitrogen therapy or cryotherapy since you can't do this at home. Some physicians recommend taking a painkiller like ibuprofen about half an hour before you have the procedure to help lessen the pain, which is minimal. Tell your physician what medications (including herbal supplements) you are taking since he may tell you to stop taking them before the procedure. Have someone with you to drive you home afterwards.

Relax as your physician sprays the liquid nitrogen on your affected areas. Since liquid nitrogen is quite cold, it may sting or burn while you are having the procedure. You may have to have up to three treatments to completely remove your age spots since the skin must completely thaw before you can have it done again.

Go home and relax and don't be surprised if you experience some discomfort in the area that was treated. This is normal. A few hours after you've had this treatment your skin may become swollen and red; it may also blister and scab.

Be patient as you continue to heal from your treatment since it may take as long as two to four weeks for the scab to completely fall off. However after that you should see new healthy skin from where the scab previously was.


  • Liquid nitrogen is air that is so cold it's in liquid form or -321 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • It is normal for liquid nitrogen therapy to leave a white scar on the treated area.

  • Taking vitamin C and E, and also zinc after having your treatment can help your skin heal faster. Puncture the vitamin E capsule and apply it directly to your skin.