In a world that places cosmetic appearance on a pedestal, age spots are dreaded discolorations of the skin often associated with ‘getting older.’ However, these spots actually come when your skin attempts to protect itself from overexposure to the sun. To fade these discouraging blemishes, there are home remedies for age spots you may want to consider.
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What Are Age Spots?
Age spots (also referred to liver spots and sun spots) are typically yellow or brown spots that appear on the skin. They are flat and often emerge on the neck, face, and the back of hands on people over the age of 40. The majority of age spots are harmless and painless. However, you should know that advanced progression can lead to skin cancer.
Causes of Age Spots
Sun damage is the main culprit of age spots – when the skin has been repeatedly exposed to the sun over the course of many years . Serious cases are associated with impaired liver function, poor diet, and a nutritional deficiency.
Age Spot Home Remedies
While using home remedies for age spots, don’t forget to protect your skin from further sun damage by using a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 – especially if you plan on enjoying the outdoors for lengthy periods of time. A handful of liver spot home remedies include:
a) Apple Cider Vinegar:
Mix one part apple cider vinegar with one part onion juice for a direct skin treatment that can fade the appearance of age spots. Finely chop or blend an onion and strain the contents with a cheesecloth or strainer to separate the juice. Use a cotton pad to apply the solution directly onto age spots. Leave the solution on for a minimum of 30 minutes once a day for about six weeks. A gradual improvement should take place.
b) Apple Cider Vinegar and Orange Juice:
Some people have combined two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of orange juice to treat age spots.
c) Aloe Vera:
From burns to age spots, the healing power of aloe vera juice or gel is known to treat skin problems. Rub the juice or gel directly onto the affected areas two times per day. The solution should stay on the skin for at least 45 minutes each application. Improvements in your spots should appear within one month.
d) Lemon Juice:
The acid found in lemon juice is thought to fade the appearance of liver spots. Apply a dab of the juice directly onto spots two times per day. Improvements should be seen within a couple of months. The juice should be left on the skin for at least 30 minutes. Some people have left the home remedy on the skin overnight.
e) Lemon Juice and Olive Oil:
Mix fresh lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil in a small container and store in the refrigerator for a home remedy to treat age spots on the face. Apply the oily mix before going to bed for an overnight treatment. During the day, rub fresh aloe vera gel into the face.
f) Red Onion:
Rubbing a slice of red onion on age spots can fade discolorations caused by overexposure to the sun since it possesses the same kind of acid found in fresh lemon juice.
g) Castor Oil:
Rub castor oil on age spots to improve their appearance by directly rubbing the oil onto affected skin once in the morning and once in the evening. It is said that this home remedy for age spots will help fade discolorations within a month.
The lactic acid found in some bleaches can remove the upper layer of dead skin, which can improve the appearance of age spots.
Some people have broken open the stem of a dandelion and rubbed the sap on age spots two to three times per day for results.
j) Tomato Juice and Buttermilk:
Mix two teaspoons of tomato juice with four tablespoons of buttermilk to create an age spot treatment for the face. Apply and leave on the remedy for 30 minutes, and then wash off. Some people simply dab on buttermilk to affected skin to gain results.
Mash 1/3 cup of chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) with a little bit of water to create a thick paste for age spots. Every evening, apply the paste to spots and leave on until it dries. Make sure to wash off the remedy completely.