Getting Rid Of Age Spots: 6 Simple And Effective Home Remedies To Try

Lifestyle & Health

Age spots are similar to freckles, but they usually appear in people older than 50. These small areas of increased pigmentation are commonly seen on the face, upper chest, back, shoulders, and arms, as these areas tend to get more sun.

If you have age spots and they bother you, there are a few home remedies that can help reduce their appearance.

Note: Some age spots can look like melanoma, and vice versa. If you notice a suspicious spot which has different shades of brown or other colors and uneven edges, as well as changes in size and shape, have it checked by a dermatologist.

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6 home remedies for age spots

Home remedies for age spots take time to work, but they are safe and quite effective in the long term, so they are worth a try!

1. Lemon juice

Citric acid found in lemons is an excellent natural lightening agent. Also, lemon juice contains plenty of vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant. Here's how to use lemon juice for age spots:

  • squeeze the juice from one lemon;
  • apply the juice on the age spots using a cotton ball (alternatively, you can simply rub lemon slices on the spots);
  • leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes;
  • rinse the juice off with lukewarm or cool water.

Don't use this remedy if you have sensitive skin. Also, do a patch test on a small area of skin on your arm before applying the remedy for the first time to make sure you aren't allergic.

2. Tomato

Lycopene and vitamin C found in tomatoes can help lighten your age spots. Use tomatoes the following way:

  • cut a tomato into slices and rub them on the age spots;
  • leave the tomato juice on for 20 minutes;
  • rinse it off with lukewarm water afterwards.

Since tomatoes may cause an allergic reaction, do a patch test first before applying them on your skin.

3. Castor oil

Antioxidants found in castor oil can help make the discolored areas on the skin lighter. Here's how to use the oil:

  • apply a thin layer of castor oil on the age spots;
  • massage the affected areas for a couple of minutes;
  • let the oil sit on your skin for a couple of hours, then rinse it off thoroughly.

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4. Aloe vera

Aloe vera can improve your skin in more than one way, and one of its numerous uses is fighting age spots. Use aloe vera this way:

  • scoop enough gel from fresh aloe vera leaves to cover your age spots;
  • apply the gel on the age spots and give your skin half an hour to absorb it;
  • rinsing the gel off is not necessary, but you can do it if your skin feels sticky.

5. Yogurt

Not only does yogurt have moisturizing properties, but it can also help reduce the age spots appearance. Use yogurt this way, in combination with other ingredients:

  • mix 1 tbsp. of plain yogurt, 2 tbsp. of colloidal oatmeal, and 1 tsp. of lemon (or lime) juice;
  • apply the mixture on the age spots and let it sit for at least 30 minutes;
  • rinse the mixture off with lukewarm water afterwards.

6. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar can be applied topically to treat various skin issues, including age spots. Here's how to use it:

  • mix 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup of water;
  • add a small amount of honey and stir the liquid until the honey dissolves;
  • apply the liquid on the age spots using a cotton ball and leave it on for 20 minutes;
  • rinse it off with lukewarm water afterwards.

These remedies should be used daily over the course of several weeks to produce noticeable results. You can try a few of them and see what works best for you!

Source: Natural Living Ideas, Top 10 Home Remedies, One Good Thing by Jillee

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.

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