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11 Simple Ways To Remove Age Spots Naturally

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How To Remove Age Spots Naturally

Regardless of your ethnic background or skin color, most of us will eventually develop the areas of hyperpigmentation known as “age spots”. *sigh* Age spots tend to appear on frequently exposed skin, including the face, back, neck, chest, shoulders, and hands.

Related: 9 Of The Most Unexpected Beauty Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar

That makes sense, given that sun exposure is the main culprit behind this form of hyperpigmentation. When skin is exposed to the sun, it can trigger the production of cells known as melanocytes, which increase the amount of melanin in the skin and making it appear darker in color.

The good news is that age spots are harmless (i.e. not cancerous). However, some skin cancers like melanoma can look like age spots, so it’s important to get your skin checked regularly.

Even if age spots are harmless, I’m not personally much of a fan. When I started noticing more of them cropping up on my face and arms, I started doing some research and found a number of simple, natural remedies that can help remove age spots (and that you can probably find in your kitchen right now!)

11 Natural Age Spot Removers & DIY Home Remedies

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1. Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C is great for aging skin — it helps to restore brightness and radiance and promotes a more even skin tone. (For much more on vitamin C serums, check out the related link below!)

  • Apply a vitamin C serum in the morning to clean, dry skin, then follow up with moisturizer. By putting it on first thing, you can reap its antioxidant benefits throughout the day to combat free radicals from sun exposure, pollution, and so on.
  • Don’t forget to apply SPF afterward!

Related: This Vitamin C Serum Is My Secret Weapon For Dark Spots

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2. Lemon Juice

The citric acid in lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent and exfoliates the skin, reducing the appearance of age spots.

  • Dab fresh lemon juice directly onto age spots twice daily and you should begin to notice improvements in a couple of months. Leave the juice on the skin for at least 30 minutes, or leave it on overnight.
  • Don’t put apply lemon juice right before going outside, as it can increase skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Don’t use bottled lemon juice either, as it may contain other chemicals you don’t want on your skin, and the citric acid may weaken over time in the bottle.
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3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar contains natural alpha hydroxy acids, which are known to help lighten sun and age spots.

  • To combat the acidic nature of vinegar and for added moisture and skin protection, mix ACV with olive oil and apply it every day, rinsing it off with warm water after 20 minutes. Your skin will be left soft and smooth.
  • It is normal to experience a little redness or stinging at first, like you might with any other toner. If you have sensitive skin, you can dilute it with a bit of water too.

Related: This Cheap Anti-Aging Toner Is The Secret To Brighter Skin

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4. Onion Juice

Onions contain sulfur compounds that act as an antiseptic, along with acids that facilitate exfoliation. Onion juice offers similar benefits to lemon juice and is less likely to irritate sensitive skin (though it obviously doesn’t smell quite as nice).

  • Simply slice up some onions and rub the slices over the affected area two or three times a day.
  • Another option is to mix one tablespoon of onion juice with two tablespoons of honey and apply the mixture on the affected area. Leave it on for about 15 minutes before washing the area thoroughly so that the strong smell goes away. Do this once or twice a day.
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5. Horseradish

The vitamin C in horseradish can inhibit the production of melanin, the substance responsible for skin pigmentation. Horseradish also contains glucosinolates, which have an antioxidant effect, promote healthy circulation, and help flush waste from the body.

  • You can make a horseradish paste and apply it directly to the skin. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes before washing it off. Use it a few times a week.
  • Another option is to grate a four-inch piece of horseradish, add 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar, then stir and allow the mixture to sit for two weeks before straining out the solids. Use a cotton ball to apply the liquid to age spots, repeating up to three times a day for a month or so.
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6. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera can treat a whole host of skin ailments and concerns, including age spots.

  • Rub fresh aloe vera gel directly from the plant onto the affected area and leave to soak in. There’s no need to rinse it off, though you can if it starts to feel sticky.
  • If you don’t have an aloe vera plant at home, you can often find fresh aloe vera juice or gel at health food stores, which works just as well.

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7. Papaya

Certain enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids present in papaya can help exfoliate skin and reduce the appearance of age spots, skin blemishes, and other skin concerns. It also gives skin a bright, clean look!

  • Cut a thin slice of skin from a green papaya, then press the flesh side of the papaya skin to age spots for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Alternatively, you can cut a papaya into small chunks and mash them into a pulp with a fork or potato masher. Apply the pulp to age spots with your fingers, then let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing. Use daily.
  • Papaya allergies are fairly common, so if you’re not sure whether you’re allergic to papaya or not, it’s smart to do a patch test on an arm or leg before using it on your face.
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8. Yogurt

The naturally occurring lactic acid found in yogurt helps to gently remove dead skin cells and promote skin turnover, revealing bright, vibrant skin underneath.

  • Apply plain yogurt directly to age spots for about 20 minutes before rinsing with cold water. For faster results, apply yogurt before bed and leave it on overnight.
  • Alternatively, make a skin pack you can use a few times a week by combining one tablespoon of plain yogurt, two tablespoons of ground oatmeal, and one teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. Mix, apply to age spots, and let sit for 30 minutes before rinsing with cold water. Follow up with a moisturizer.

Related: This Amazing Crockpot Yogurt Is Surprisingly Easy To Make

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9. Castor Oil

Castor oil is known for its healing properties and has proven effective as a remedy for age spots.

  • Apply castor oil directly onto age spots and massage into the skin until absorbed. Do this once in the morning and once in the evening, and you should start to see improvement in about a month.
  • If you have dry skin, combine the castor oil with a bit of coconut, olive, or almond oil for added moisture.

Related: Here’s Why Oil Cleansing Is The Best Decision To Make For Your Skin

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10. Buttermilk

Buttermilk can help to reduce brown spots and skin pigmentation because of its lactic acid content. Lactic acid is a good choice for brightening skin safely with minimal irritation.

  • Use a cotton swab to apply buttermilk to the affected areas, then rinse after 15-20 minutes. If you have oily skin or acne prone skin, try adding a bit of lime juice or tomato juice to the buttermilk before applying.

Related: How To Make Your Own Butter (and Buttermilk!)

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11. Sandalwood

Sandalwood is believed to contain effective anti-aging properties, and is often used to reduce the appearance of age spots.

  • Massage a drop of pure sandalwood essential oil directly onto the age spots.
  • Alternatively, you can mix a pinch of sandalwood powder with a couple of drops each of rose water, glycerin, and lemon juice. Apply the mixture to age spots, let sit for 20 minutes, then rinse with cold water.

You will need to have patience when using these home remedies. Brown spots will not disappear in a week or two, so you need to stick to these remedies for at least a month or so to start seeing results.

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BONUS TIP: Use Sunscreen!

The first and most important line of defense against age spots and other age-related skin concerns is being smart about sun exposure. Avoid spending a lot of time in direct sunlight, wear hats and sunglasses, and apply a good sunscreen (SPF 25 or greater) every day — whether you’ll be outdoors or not!

Did any of these home remedies surprise you?

Natural Remedies For Age Spots

How to Get Rid of Age Spots Naturally (Step by Step)

Jill Nystul
Age spots are harmless. But I personally am not a fan! Luckily I've discovered that there are lots of simple, all-natural remedies you can use to lighten age spots!
5 from 1 vote
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Cost $10
Yield 12 lighter age spots

Equipment

  • Cotton Balls
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Cutting Knife

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Horseradish
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1 Green Papaya
  • 1 tbsp Plain Yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Ground Oatmeal
  • 1 tsp Castor Oil
  • 1 tsp Buttermilk
  • 10 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil

Instructions
 

Using Lemon Juice

  • Simply dab fresh lemon juice directly onto the spots twice daily and you should begin to notice improvements in about two months. Leave the juice on the skin for at least 30 minutes, or as long as you are comfortable with it. You can also leave the juice on the skin overnight.
    Natural Remedies For Age Spots

Using Apple Cider Vinegar

  • To combat the acidic nature of vinegar, you can mix it with olive oil which will protect the skin from dryness. Apply every day on the skin and remove it after 20 minutes. Your skin will be left soft and smooth. It is normal to experience a little redness or stinging at first (just like you would with a toner). If you have sensitive skin, or if it feels too strong, dilute with water.
    Natural Remedies For Age Spots

Using Onion Juice

  • Simply slice up some onions and rub the slices over the affected area two or three times a day. Another option is to mix one tablespoon of onion juice with two tablespoons of honey and apply the mixture on the affected area. Leave it on for about 15 minutes before washing the area thoroughly so that the strong smell goes away. Do this once or twice a day.
    Natural Remedies For Age Spots

Using Horseradish

  • You can make a horseradish paste and apply it directly to the skin. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes before washing it off. Use it a few times a week. Another option is to grate a four-inch piece of horseradish with mix it in one-quarter cup of apple cider vinegar and allow the mixture to sit for two weeks. After two weeks, strain the mixture. Use a cotton ball to apply it on the affected skin. Follow this remedy three times a day for at least one month.
    Natural Remedies For Age Spots

Using Aloe Vera

  • Simply rub a little fresh aloe vera gel (taken directly from the plant) onto the affected area and leave to soak in. As aloe vera is very gentle, there is no need to rinse it off. However, you may want to rinse it off if it starts to feel sticky. If you don’t have access to the gel from an aloe vera plant, you can buy fresh aloe vera juice at the market or health food store. This works just as well.
    Natural Remedies For Age Spots

Using Papaya

  • Cut a thin slice of the skin from a green papaya. Press the fleshy side of the skin to your age spots for 15 to 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can cut the papaya into small chunks and press them into a pulp with a fork or potato masher. Apply the pulp to your age spots with your fingers, allowing the mask to sit for 15 minutes before rinsing. Use daily.
    Natural Remedies For Age Spots

Using Yogurt

  • Apply some plain yogurt directly on the spots. Let it dry on its own for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water. For faster results, apply yogurt on the affected area before going to bed and leave it on overnight. Alternatively, you can make a skin pack by combining one tablespoon of plain yogurt, two tablespoons of ground oatmeal and one teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. Apply this pack on the spots and allow it to sit for 30 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water. Then apply some moisturizer. Follow this remedy a few times a week.
    Natural Remedies For Age Spots

Using Castor Oil

  • Apply a little castor oil directly onto the age spots and massage into the skin for a minute or two until absorbed. Do this once in the morning and once in the evening, and you should start to see an improvement in about a month. If you suffer from dry skin, you can mix a little coconut oil, olive oil or almond oil in with the castor oil for added moisture.
    Natural Remedies For Age Spots

Using Buttermilk

  • Dip a cotton swab in buttermilk and apply it on the affected area. Wash your skin after 15-20 minutes. If your’s is oily skin or acne prone skin, mix a little lime juice or tomato juice to the buttermilk before applying it to your skin.
    Natural Remedies For Age Spots

Using Sandalwood Essential Oil

  • Massage a drop of pure sandalwood essential oil directly onto the age spots. Alternatively, you can mix a pinch of sandalwood powder with a couple of drops each of rose water, glycerin and lemon juice. Apply this paste onto the age spots and leave to dry for 20 minutes before rinsing off with cold water.
    A bottle of essential oil infused with red wood shavings, formulated to help remove age spots.

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    Thank you!
    Anne

  • Amazing post..
    We can have good results from making small changes in our routine, food style etc. Thank you for the post. Enjoyed reading it.

  • Dermalmd lightening serum is best remedy for age spots. My age spots are lightening gradually and I use less concealer for my daily makeup! The first month use will cause your skin to exfoliate but keep using dermalmd serum every day. I tried the drugstore stuff and expensive stuff at department stores, both are not as effective as this serum.

  • I have age spots on my cheek and have tried everything – even going to the dermatologist who told me they would not go away without a chemical peel. I did not want to go that route so I ordered Dermalmd lightening serum after reading the reviews. It has made a very noticeable difference, even my husband said my face looked more glowy than usual! If you use this twice a day, you will see a difference in your skin.

  • Unfortunately, I’ve tried most of these and gave them months and nothing happened. I also tried wart remover and callus and corn remover which some people have luck with, but I didn’t. I also tried my own electric needle that I bought off of eBay. They have them on Amazon, too. It hurts and didn’t work, either. Boo! :(

  • Great information.. I actually have tried the apple cider vinegar tip,after hearing about it in a magazine..However, the tip I read didn’t give any other details other than using for two weeks and it didn’t say anything about combining it with olive oil or on,y leaving it on for 20! minutes. I wasn’t seeing any results so I’m glad you gave more details about this and the other tips.

  • Could you use essential oil (lemon) for age spots? I am a firm believer in essential oils and have quite a few that I use for various things.

    Enjoy your site and have used several of your suggestions.

    Thanks, Nelda

      • hi Jillee, will the lemon oil get completely absorbed by the next morning? or do I have to wash it out to make sure none is left on my dark spots?

      • It will be absorbed and rubbed off for the most part, but I would suggest washing your face in the morning regardless :-)

  • Can you apply these things ALL OVER the face, or just on the spots? I am wondering if it lightens the over-all area, or only where it is darker.

  • You mentioned Plain Yoghurt for age spots but did you know that if you get bad sunburn and your skin is really red, just cover it with the yoghurt and it takes the heat out very quickly. It dries quickly too so you should rinse it off when that starts to happen and apply some more. This is really useful is you cannot get other sunburn relief quickly and happen to have plain yoghurt in the fridge.

    Ann x

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