With aging comes those frustrating dark spots on your face and body. But aging isn’t just the only cause for spots. Too much sun exposure is more likely to blame for age spots, and that also includes tanning beds—an ultimate no-no for our skin.
The science behind age spots comes from melanin, the pigment in our outer layer of skin that gives us color. When too much melanin concentrates in one area, we see dark spots.
13 Natural Age Spot Remedies
Sun protection is, of course, the most important part of preventing age spots, but for some people, the damage is already done. And even though you may have over done it in the sun for several years, there are still ways to reduce the appearance of these unwanted spots.
Unfortunately, store bought serums and creams can be very expensive and harsh, so we did the research, and here are 13 remedies for treating age spots.
1. Lemon juice
Lemons play a major part in beauty treatments, including age spots. Lemon juice contains rejuvenating antioxidants, and essentially acts as a bleach against dark spots. How does this work? Vitamin C in lemons blocks tyrosinase, an enzyme which is important in pigment production.
Apply a slice of lemon directly to the skin for 15 minutes twice a day. If you have sensitive skin, dilute lemon juice in water or rose water. Expect results within two months, and try to avoid the sun after application.
We’ve discussed the beauty benefits of turmeric more than once because it truly is such an amazing ingredient. And by inhibiting an enzyme in skin that produces pigment turmeric also lightens age spots, scars and other discolorations. Here’s a recipe we’ve discovered to have great benefits for those unwanted dark spots:
- 2 tablespoons rice water
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
Mix into paste. Dab onto dark spots with ring finger. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse.
3. Hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is a natural bleaching agent that’s sure to rid dark spots. Just mix equal amounts of hydrogen peroxide and whole milk and apply to dark spots with cotton pad. Let sit 15 minutes then rinse. It’s a good idea to patch test for sensitivity before doing a full application.
Parsley is well-known in the beauty world for its skin lightening properties, making it great for dark spots and discolored skin. Try out this recipe using only three ingredients for treating age spots:
- 1 cup chopped parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon yogurt
Combine ingredients. Apply mask to face, neck and chest for 15 minutes then rinse. Repeat twice a week.
Buttermilk contains lactic acid, which is great for skin. It naturally and gently exfoliates the skin to remove blemishes and brown spots. Simply apply directly to spots, leave on for a few minutes, and then rinse. If your skin is oily or acne-prone, add a little lemon or lime juice to the mixture to avoid over moisturizing. And if you don’t have buttermilk on hand, yogurt works just as well.
6. Aloe vera
We know that aloe vera gel is amazing for sunburns and keeping your skin hydrated, but it’s also great for treating age spots and redness. Aloe vera can actually replace old dead skin cells and replace them with new healthy cells. Apply aloe vera juice or gel directly to spots for 30 minutes twice day and start to see rejuvenated skin in about a month.
7. Apple cider vinegar
Here, again, is another excellent use for apple cider vinegar. It works by safely drying out the skin to fade spots. You can either drink a glass of water with a few drops of vinegar or dilute with water for direct application to skin. You can also mix a few drops of lemon juice with the vinegar or mix 2 to 3 spoons of orange juice with a half spoon of vinegar. If you have dry skin, mix with olive oil.
8. Castor oil
Castor oil has many beauty benefits, including healing and lightening our skin. Rub a little oil on the spots once in the morning and once in the evening and you’ll start to see results in about a month.
This tropical fruit has plenty of benefits for our skin. Papaya contains certain enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids that work to remove blemishes, reduce age spots, and even treat acne. You can either place a slice or mash of green papaya on your spots, let it sit for 15 minutes, and then rinse.
This anti-aging agent is an antiseptic that can reduce hyper-pigmentation. Simply rub a few drops of sandalwood oil mixed in one tablespoon of olive oil or almond oil each night before going to bed and leave on overnight.
This herb contains both vitamin C, which slows the production of melanin, and glucosinolates (presumed to lower risk of cancer), which increases circulation and flushes waste from the body. For a quick recipe, apply a horseradish paste on the skin for 15 minutes and rinse, a few times a week to combat those spots.
For more problematic spots, grate one piece of horseradish 4-5 inches long and combine with a half cup of apple cider vinegar, and then place in a glass jar. Mix well and leave for 2 weeks, shaking the mixture once a day. After two weeks, apply to your spots three times a day for one month. Refrigerate the mixture.
That powerful smell can do more than just flavor a meal. Onions are full of sulfur, an antiseptic, and vitamin C that acts as a natural skin lightener. Try not to tear up, but rub a slice of onion to your skin to start reducing the appearance of age spots.
13. Garbanzo beans
Garbanzo beans are great for lightening the skin. Make a mash with a whole can of chickpeas with 1/3 of water, and apply the paste to spots. Gently rinse with warm water and repeat every day. If you have tahini on hand, add 1/4 cup tahini to the mixture in a food processor. There are plenty of recipes for hummus age spot treatments-some you may even want to try out with a pita chip or two!
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Rina Mary Allawh, M.D., a dermatologist who performs adult and pediatric medical dermatology, skin cancer treatment and cosmetic dermatology. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical review board here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.24