Everyone hates age spots, especially age spots on the face! Well, the cosmetic industry loves them; just look at all the expensive creams and lotions on the shelves. Rich women used to bathe in milk to get rid of the spots. Age spots ("Solar lentigo") are also known as liver spots. They often appear on fair-skinned people who spent too much time in the sun, suffering skin damage. However, the spots can appear on people of all skin types.
After 40, the skin is unable to regenerate as rapidly. Spots can be light brown, reddish brown or black and are normally flat, although some people report raised spots. Dermatologists treat spots with retinol, HQ creams, chemical peels and spot treatments, microdermabrasion, laser treatments and light therapy. The biggest danger the spots present is that they could hide skin cancer. Any spots which change color, size, texture or bleed should be looked at by a dermatologist.
Treating Age Spots on the Face
Apple cider vinegar is the most widely used natural treatment and is safe to use on age spots on the face. It is normally applied to the spot and rinsed off after a few minutes. This seems to be a natural 'peel'. Some mix it with onion juice. Castor oil is also used and may be left on overnight. Lemon juice is another common treatment, usually dabbing a little on several times a day. Some use a mixture of the above. The skin is the largest organ we have, and it only makes sense not to abuse it. Too much sunshine, especially for those over 40, will almost certainly make age spots worse. Improved nutrition is always reflected in the skin, so a multi-prong approach may work best.
Continue on below to the read some home remedies submitted by our readers!
[YEA] 06/29/2011: Cocoandrico from New Windsor, Ny: "Applying Aloe Vera gel to age spots is an effective way reduce their appearance and gentle enough for all skin types. Aloe contains a concentrated mix of compounds that nourish skin and promote cellular regeneration. For people with dry or sensitive skin, Aloe is a moisturizing alternative to peels and acidic topical treatments. For a facial mask recipe and more info on how to use Aloe to fade spots check out:
Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 10/13/2013: Snakeeyes from Albany, Ny: "A Yea for ACV. I had two little sunspots appear on my hand. Applying apple cider vinegar (just the regular, cheap, filtered kind) on them just once, they fell off in a couple days!"
07/13/2013: Yose from Pine Bluff, Ar: "In my 50's I went to a tanning bed. I now have brown spots all over my legs, hands, and arms. I have tried everything over the counter, had Dermabrasion, even had Dermatologist burn some off. Nothing has really worked. I especially have one on my face (size of thumb) right behind left eye. Nothing covers it up so people think my mascara has smudged. I am very excited about trying some of these ideas. However, not sure which one to start with. ACV I guess. I am going to health store today and get some items to try. I'll let u know if anything works. Thanks."
12/16/2011: The Bird from Powell, Ohio: "I just tried applying ACV on the age spots on my face and the sting brought lots of tears out of my eyes into my face all over and washed off the ACV. Can someone teach me how to do this!! Is this going to be like this all the time? And how long am I supposed to leave the ACV on my face? Do I need to wash it off afterwards? Can I use the ACV and then castor oil as well?"Replies
10/12/2012: Sherri from Kuwait replies: "my question is to Haley from Greenville, Nc. you said you put the ACV full strenght all over your face and body after your shower, do you rince off? if not how long do you keep it on and does your body smell like vinegar for the rest of the day? Ive started drinking it and its helped to regulate my system, havent noticed any thing skin wise, am going to try putting on my age spots and see what happens."
02/03/2013: Teriinttown from Tacoma, Washington replies: "I have been using apple cider vinegar on my face for a few years and I love what it does for my skin, but it is very strong. It is a mild chemical peel that removes dead cells, stimulates circulation, and corrects PH, but you don't want irritation! Saturate a cotton ball and pat the ACV all over your cleansed face, leave it on or rinse after a minute or 2 depending on your tolerance."
[YEA] 09/26/2009: Haley from Greenville, Nc: "I am diabetic and was overweight, blochy red skin, sun spots on my face, neck, chest, arms and legs. I read Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) was good to drink and put on skin. I bought some and began drinking 1 tablespoon three times a day and put it full strength on my body in the shower after bathing when I still had some water on me. I rubbed it all over including my face, neck whole body, arms, legs and feet. After a month I began to notice the sun spots were getting lighter, my skin was getting a more youthful look (I am 55 years old) and I had more energy. When I went to get my A1C checked, it was 5.4! My blood pressure was 113/63! My doctor was estatic and so was I. My skin now is clear and bright. I have LOTS of energy. I'm not tired anymore. All the sun spots are just about gone. My dark elbows and ankles are now a normal color. I am so happy. I have been getting so many compliments on my "glowing" complexion. My facial capillaries have just about disappeared. ACV to me is a miracle in itself."Replies
07/25/2010: Billaj Satti from Rawalpindi, Pakistan replies: "Hello dear. Well I'm facing the same problem and these spots are increasing about daily. In the beginning there was a single nominal spot between my right shoulder and neck but now they are on my chest from right to left shoulder and also now they are covering the back of my neck and under my arm. Please send me some good suggestion, if you need the pictures I can send that too"
03/14/2013: Brainbuster from Indianapolis, In replies: "Did you drink the ACV "with the mother" or just the regular big container you can get for cheap?"
Apple Cider Vinegar and Onion Juice
[YEA] 09/14/2007: Darlene from Augsburg, Germany: "I'm 42 years old and I've had age spots on the back of my hands for over 10 years. I've tried everything including laser to have them removed but nothing was successful until I tried apple cider vinegar mixed with onion juice and believe it or not after just 3 weeks I'm so amazed at the results, I want to tell the world. I use it 3 to 5 times per day for 5 days then 2 days rest. I hope my good remedy will help other young women as I had a complex with the spots."Replies
09/15/2007: Darlene from Augsburg, Germany replies: "Follow up: I'm so happy because I've spent alot of money on all off these so called creams which are expensive and DON'T help.
However, the onion process is TERRIBLE -- you hve to use about 12 medium size onions halfed, I used a lemon juice presser (a machine). I wear contact lenses and I didn't have the runny eyes that most folk become.
After that I used a sieve to make sure the juice was pure. Then I added it to a little plastic bottle and filled it up with apple cider vinegar.
It smells when you put it on your hands, but if you want the results then apply in the evenings when you are settled.
I've started to use it on my chest, I have two [age spots] which are really noticeable and please believe me, I left the cotton wool soaked with the remedy and my daughter just recently said Mama, they don't look any more so big, and she is right they look smaller and smaller every day.
A good tip every night when the adverts come on T.V I use it because it dries up really quickly!!
If you want to know anything else reactions and so on I'm pleased to help. I'm totally happy because I had NO faith in anything including the doctors."
08/07/2008: Susan from Auburn, WA replies: "I am 40 and have brown ugly age spots all over me - specifically my arms, and legs mostly. hormones, adrenal fatigue etc.. and they drive me crazy. Any ideas on how to use this where there is such a big area to cover?"
08/19/2008: Linda from Naples , Florida replies: "What are the exact measurements of onion juice to ACV?"
09/15/2008: Robyn from Chicago, IL replies: "Finely chop or blend an onion, and use a strainer or cheese cloth to squeeze and extract the juice.
Take one part of Apple Cider Vinegar and one part of onion juice and mix them together.
Dab a cotton pad into the solution and apply it directly onto the age spots.
Repeat this once a day for approximately 6 weeks and you should begin to notice a gradual improvement. If the spots have not completely disappeared after the 6 weeks but they have started to fade, keep repeating the process until they do.
To speed up the process, you can mix 3 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar into a mug full of water (hot or cold), and drink this twice daily for a month. This will not only improve your age spots, but it will also give you a healthy young glow and make you feel energized and active. If you find the taste of the vineger to be too strong, try adding a tablespoon of honey as a natural sweetener."
12/30/2008: Rich from Boca Raton, Fl replies: "Theoretically, this would be the treatment for Tinea, which is a skin fungus. Onion Juice has a high amount of Sulfur... Sulfur kills fungus. ACV kills both bacteria and more importantly fungus."
01/03/2009: Liss from Rockford, Belvidere, IL replies: "to Dorlene from Augsburg, Germany: I would like to know how much of Apple cider Vinegar and onion juice you mix and if you had any reaccion on your skin. I have melasma for over 5 year in my cheeks and nothing is helping. I'd like it. I appreciate if you answer. thanks a lot!!!"
[YEA] 02/12/2009: Diane from Cherry Hill, NJ replies: "I've been using Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother and onion powder and that seems to be working for me after only 4 days. They are starting to lighten up."
09/29/2010: Vanessa from Long Beach, Ca, Usa replies: "I'd like to try the apple cider vinegar onion juice remedy for age spots. I am wondering how long the mixture will keep in the refrigerator, or if it needs to be refrigerated at all?"
11/21/2012: Zuzana from Montreal replies: "Be careful not to use this on your face, especially close to the eyes. The onion apple cider vinegar mixture burns a lot, and it made the dark spots I have on my upper cheeks appear worse. It is probably more suitable for the body."
03/14/2013: Brandon from Indianapolis, In replies: "2 questions:
1. Do I apply this potion only to the age spots/sun spots? Or do I apply it over all my skin? The spots are darkened skin, not raised. They're like freckles, but not quite so dark. Shouldn't I apply this only on the spots themselves? I don't want to lighten the other skin (I'm a man, and I don't really want fair skin).
2. Wouldn't it be so much easier to, instead of making onion juice out of onions, just buy some onion powder and mix it with water? Both are "liquid onion, " but the mixing the powder with water seems ten times easier than chopping 12 onions, then blending them (or whatever), squeezing them, etc."
Apple Cider Vinegar, Horseradish
01/18/2012: Francisca from Zug, Zug, Switzerland: "So, the lemon juice alone didn't really make my age spots disappear! When doing some research I came across this information which might be of interest. I can't try it out right now because we are living in temporary accommodation but I will when we go back to France again (I don't have a grater here and I have no idea where to buy fresh horseradish). Here is the recipe:
- Grate four inches of fresh horseradish, using the fine side of the grater. Add Â¼ cup of cider vinegar to the grated horseradish, and put them in the empty jar and tighten the lid. Let the horseradish and vinegar mixture sit for two weeks. Shake the mixture daily. Sieve the mixture through the strainer, into another empty jar. Store the mixture in the refrigerator. Apply the horseradish and vinegar mixture to the skin discoloration, using a cotton ball: Do this three times daily.
- Another tip I found was to use a potato, either cut in slices either blended!
In case anyone has success with these tips please let me know!"Replies
03/02/2012: Zoraida from Cayey, Puerto Rico replies: "I would like to know after I put on the onion and ACV mixture on my spots, do I have to wash it off? Also how many times a day do I apply it? And last, How long does the mixture last in the fridge or do I have to make a fresh batch each day?"
[YEA] 08/26/2009: Alyson from Plano, Tx, Usa: "I'm in my late 30s and a few years ago, after my first pregnancy, I started get a number of small sun/age spots/freckles on my face. About a year ago, I got two on the top of my checkbones under my eyes, where my glasses rest. They are big in comparison and made me look much older than I am (at least to me!) Ive been very hesitant to use any medical or chemical procedures - prescriptions, laser treatments, etc. I read here and on one other site about caster oil and thought Id give it a shot before spending way too much money on natural beauty products on the market (one was for over $40, vs the $5 castor oil!). Its been a little over a week now, dipping a cotton swab into the oil and applying twice daily after washing my face. I rub it in a little and wait about 10 minutes before applying daily or nighttime lotion. The spots have lightened DRAMATICALLY! I barely have to use any coverup on them when before I had to cake it on. I cant wait to see what they look like in a month! My skin where i have used it is looking much better, too, although I cant quite pinpoint why - smaller pores, tighter, fewer lines...not sure yet. Ive started using it on my "worry crease" between my eyebrows and have also noticed a difference!
04/23/2010: Alyson from Plano, Tx replies: "UPDATE: So its been just about 7 months since I last posted about castor oil and wanted to give you an update. My age spots were gone, my worry crease between my eyebrows practically non-existant, and my skin where I had been using the castor oil firmer. I got cocky and stopped using the oil for about two months. I noticed the spots coming back and skin getting an almost rough texture on my cheekbones. I started using the castor oil again and in a week (two applications a day, left on clean skin for 10-15 minutes) and the spots are dramatically improved. Better than any anti-aging or age spot remover Ive found!"
05/26/2010: Kristina from Wvc, Utah replies: "Hi Alyson
I just thought I might mention that you skin spots might be a problem with your nightly creams that you mentioned. I do not know what you use but there is an alarming number of products with many potential dangers. It just might be that using the CASTOR OIL, overcame the problem, as long as you continued use and then reverted back when you stopped.
Most of the over the counter and even prescription, lotions and creams have many ingredients we should never put on our skin such as;
Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl-Paraben
Sodium Laurel Sulfate
Benzene/Benzoic Acid/Benzyl Benzoate
Diazolidinyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea
Petrolatum and Petroleum Distillates
Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate
Dioxybenzone and oxybenzone
This is only a partial list!
Below is one of many sights you can look up about these dangerous ingredients;
Once I stopped using creams, shampoos etc. with these things my skin and hair has improved radically. It is amazing to me, that things, that are so drying, like mineral oil are in almost everything.
Also many of the things mentioned are know carcinogen. The web sight I mentioned will give you a quick run down on many of the ingredients that have reasons for concern. Best wishes/ Kristina"
01/07/2011: Fbk227 from Long Island, Ny replies: "Hi everyone! I stumbled across this site about a week ago and am fascinated by all the great health tips! I had a question about the ACV remedy for age spots. Does it make a difference if it is organic or will the supermarket brand do? I bought a big gallon of the ACV from the supermarket the other day! Thank you to everyone who posts and tells their story, it is really helpful. I am thrilled to have found this site!"
[YEA] 04/27/2011: Mad For Oil from Planet Earth, Planet replies: "I am 43 years old and I have begun to develop strange brown raised bumps on my hands and arms. I began applying pure castor oil on the most obvious spots. They were much lighter by the next morning. When I repeated the application this evening, I had to struggle to find the spots.
I am now going to do the same to all spots on my chest and legs.
I have read that castor oil (hexane free) is a great cure for many things. I used it in my hair for the first time this evening, and started using it as eyedrops for my dry eye as well. The eye is not clearing up as fast as the skin, but the irritation in my eye has stopped."
04/30/2011: Mad For Oil from So Private, Planet replies: "This is an update regarding my post of 27 April. The pigmented and raised spots are continuing to fade. I just put the castor oil on about 3 times a day. The moles on my face are shrinking and my warts look ready to fall off. In addition, the membrane growing on my eye IS slowly shrinking - from the edges to the middle, so it is much narrower than before.
My arms are more evenly pigmented, and what looked like a brown tan is now clearly showing up as a series of sun spots and freckles which are shrinking.
I am amazed at so much progress in just a few deays. I will continue to post.
P.S. My sheets are rather oil stained, but its a small price to pay"
05/01/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "I am sad to say that so far it hasn't worked for me but I will keep trying..... The brown spots are still brown, the warts look the same and the white spots still white. I have to say that I don't use so much as to stain my sheets, I rub it in."
05/02/2011: Mad For Oil from Somewhere, Earth replies: "Francsica, I am really sorry to hear that castor oil is not working for you. If it works for me, it should work for anybody (I tend to have resistant symptoms).
I noticed on your post that you rub it in. What I do is leave my spots in contact with the oil for as long as possible. I put a dollop on the spots and do not rub it in. Some people say put some on a band aid and then over the spot. I also use the purest form of castor oil I could find. NO blends and added stuff.
Last night I put the oil in my eyes (as usual) but then put a gentle heat pack over the eyes. It was very relaxing, the sinuses also drained and my ptrydium was DRAMATICALLY smaller today. Its width has really reduced and the thickness is also reduced. For the first time in 25 years I can begin to see the original eye tissue under this horrible membrane. I am going to go to bed like this tonight because I now see why people say castor oil helps them sleep.
moles: first the colour disappears and then they dissolve around the edges.
Sun spots: become gradually lighter.
Freckles.. become slightly lighter day after day
Pterydium: seems to become narrower and then looses depth as well.
My body skin is as soft and supple as baby skin now.
Please keep posting Fransica, perhaps others can help you devise the perfect treatment protocol for you."
05/02/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Thanks for the advice, I will do like you say, not rub the castor oil on my skin but let it sit on it. As summer is starting here it is easier now. I also use pure one from the health food store, not mixed with anything. I will keep you posted as I have warts and brown spots."
07/15/2011: Louise from Maghtab, Malta (europe) replies: "Thanks for your very interesting contributions which I will surely experiment with. I have one question - I am very surprised that you put castor oil inside your eyes - wouldn't that give you a bleary eyesight? I mean surely you cannot see after that and you'll need to clean out your eyes with some other drops ---- or not?
Many thanks and keep on posting these very interesting remedies."
07/16/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Louise, I tried the Castor Oil and it didn't work for me although I tried two different brands. My eyes got all swollen but it seems to work very well for some people! As far as blurry eyesight I wouldn't worry. I use vitamin A cream for my dry eyes during the night and it is true that the eyesight gets a bit blurry but the tears take care of that in a few minutes, cleaning it with other drops wouldn't make sense. Sometimes I use Bepanthen and it is even worse because the cream is opaque and thicker but it clears after a while as well and anyway, I only put them in before I go to bed! I haven't found the courage to try the Manuka Honey yet but some people say that it helps too!"
07/17/2011: Sanjay117 from Titwala, Maharashtra, India replies: "hi francisca,
for swollen eyes and for lot many ailments in india we use decoction of triphala. triphala literally means mixture of three fruits namely amalki(emelica officinalis), bibhitaki(terminalia bellirica)and haritaki( terminalia chebula). this mixture is commonly available in indian market.
one heaped teaspoon in three cups of water( may be distilled, we use tap water! ) and boil to make it two cups. filter it by filter paper very carefully, not by strainer and by this decoction wash eyes friquently. if you feel this very strong dilute with some water. use this solution when slightly warm. of course you can reheat it as you can make it for one time
07/17/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Thanks Sanja but my eyes became swollen because of the Castor Oil, normally speaking I don't have swollen eyes, just dry, that was the reason why I tried Castor Oil."
[YEA] 01/25/2012: Gs from Cainta, Rizal, Philippines replies: "I'm on my first week on castor oil for my age spot on my cheek and I have to tell you guys that it is indeed vanishing. I guess a week or two more I wont be seeing this age spot again.
Thank you so much for the tip!"
01/26/2012: Francisca from Zug, Switzerland replies: "I have tried lemon juice and now vinegar on mine. One is indeed lighter but it doesn't seem to disappear. Maybe next I try castor oil. I am even taping it. I am going to the UK soon and I am going to look for the zinc and castor oil ointment there! A tiny one that I have on one hand is not disappearing at all!"
[NAY] 01/26/2012: Courtney from Granite Bay, Ca replies: "I tried Castor Oil for about a month on my age spots and there was no change at all. I'm glad it worked for you, though!"
03/02/2012: Zoraida from Cayey, Puerto Rico replies: "Do I wash the castor off after I put it on for 15 minutes? Also, I put it on all last night as I slept and this morning my pores in that area were noticeable larger, so I am supposing I left it on for too long. Any help in this would be appreciated."
03/02/2012: Zoraida from Cayey, Puerto Rico replies: "Can someome tell me more about how to use the castor oil? I left it on the whole night last night I woke up this morning with my pores larger in the affected area. I didn't rub it in. If I put it on 3 time a day, do I wash my face after a certain time before I put more on? Any ideas? instructions? P.S. I have two brown spots on my face and dark larger spots also on part of my back. I got this like a year ago after I got candida. Thanks!"
[YEA] 03/14/2012: Darlene from Flagstaff, Az: "Compound W applied directly to age spot and left on for five days will remove age spots. It burns when it goes on. Then it is a white spot for five days which can be covered with a bandaid or foundation. Then peel off for new pink skin underneath. Protect new skin as if it was a newborn or your age spot will be back. Compound W is a strong acid, try on one or two spots in hidden area first."Replies
[YEA] 08/16/2012: Franca from Toronto, Ontario replies: "I had tried everything: lemon juice, onion juice, vinegar, etc etc etc.... Nothing worked. Then I tried Compound W and the big ugly dark spots on my face went away!"
05/01/2013: Christine from Shoreline, Wa, Usa replies: "Is it the old-fashioned little bottle of Compound W, or the newer "freezing-type" of Compound W?"
01/04/2012: Francisca from Zug, Zug, Switzerland: "Being 54 I start to have a few liver spots. One of them, right above my knee, the size of a confetti has annoyed me for quite a while as I still like to wear short skirts. I had tried a few things but nothing seemed to work mainly because I didn't feel like making the effort to apply the stuff for any length of time. I would do it a few times and then try something else! As we now live temporarily in a tiny studio and the door to the bathroom is right opposite the fridge I decided to give lemon juice the chance big time! It is maybe now two weeks that I have been doing it and yes, the stain is fading. Every time I go to the bathroom I fetch half a lemon and rub on the stain really well. Tonight I decided to wet a plaster with lemon juice to see whether it goes even faster. A few other stains in other parts of my body aren't going so fast but mainly because they are less easy to reach with winter clothes on. Maybe I tape one as well and see the results.
So, the bottom line is.... Whatever you do be prepared to do it for quite a while and a number of times a day or else it surely won't work! I have a tiny one on one hand and funny enough that one isn't going anywhere, no idea why. It is small and light but I see no changes. Working on the liver with Milk Thistle and so never made any difference! Another thing that seems to work is 2 tbspoons of Grapeseed Oil and 20 drops of Geranium Essential Oil. As you can keep it in a jar and don't need the fridge it is easier to keep in the bathroom but right now I will stick to the lemon juice!"
[YEA] 04/05/2009: Bob from Leawood, Kansas: "age spots: the lemon juice absolutely works. I just cut a really small piece off a lemon each day-squeezed/ pressed as much juice as I was able to into a small bowk and rubbed it on my entire face twice a day. Within a week I notice the age spots fading -within 2 weeks they were gone. Now I use it once a day after washing my face just as a preventative measure. Its easy to do and it really works."
[YEA] 09/01/2008: Joyce from Houston, TX: "I have found a very simple way to remove freckles and even out skin tone..Before going to bed at night I would take a lemon and rub the cut lemon over clean skin where the freckles are or uneven skin color is..I try to saturate the skin and let it dry I do this every night it is a slow process but after two months almost all the freckles that covered my chest have faded away..If you use it on your face it helps shrink larger pores too Try this on elbows, knees and heels of feet.. It has made my skin look younger and at age 52 many people take me for wbout 10-15 years younger."Replies
04/23/2009: Ching from Miami Beach, FL replies: "just curious about the lemon juice when it got dry, did you rinse it out or leave it overnight? ching"
11/22/2009: Laura from Toronto, Ontario replies: "I would also like to know if it should be rinsed off, (same for ACV) or should I just let it dry and then go ahead and apply my moisturizer. Any direction here is appreciated."
[YEA] 11/23/2009: Lizzie from Birmingham, Alabama replies: "ive been using a mixture of equal parts of ACV, lemon juice, and honey on my face and neck to lighten freckles (which does and is working for me), but since its sticky i remove it after about 15-20 minutes. somenights i sleep with some on my face and rinse it off when i wake up.
and i have a question: ive heard that once your freckles have been "bleached," when you go into the sun they return darker and bolder than before (i do where sunscreen daily though). does anyone know anything about this?"
06/06/2011: Aquines from Philadelphia, Pa replies: "Hi to answer your question about if being in the sun makes freckles, age spots darker. I'd say no... I went to the beach just recently and my little freckes didnt get bigger. I use lemon juice daily and walk in the daytime when its sunny and I feel more energy and the freckles are going away. best of luck to you."
02/12/2012: Alixr from Sydney, Australia replies: "Hi, Recently my forehead and cheeks have become really sun damaged. I used to have beautiful skin!! I have just applied my first lot of Lemon juice, Good luck to me!!!!!"
03/02/2012: Zoraida from Cayey, Puerto Rico replies: "Does anyone know if I can use lime instead as that is what we have readily available here in the carribean. Lemons are expensive here and by the time it gets to the stores they are old and wrinkled, and not fresh."
Multiple Remedy Success
[YEA] 08/12/2008: In_Owe from CARSON, CA: "I have a very sensitive skin. I suffered from acne "infestation" in my teen-age years, and left some marks of tiny craters on my face. In short, my pores are visible to others at a few-feet distance.
I have read most of the articles posted here and other websites about brown spots / melasma / age spot. I have been suffering from this skin disorder due to over sun-exposure which happened more than 10 yrs ago. Like everyone else, I have tried a lot of treatments with the exception of laser cure because I can't afford it. I have NOT stopped looking for the best possible therapy that would help at least fade my blemishes which are very visible on cheeks. I am thankful for all the contributions made in this site, and I have tried few of them. I came across this website in May, and since then, became more EAGER to find possible ways, and cure for my brown spots. Knowing that you are not the only one suffering from this skin disorder somehow made me more hopeful than discourage. I've wanted to write and share something since May, but I waited until there was a visible sign of change on my face. This is the account of my 3 months self-therapy:
Every night (as always), I sleep with a clean face. Since May, I have tried using Organic ACV (with Mother) on my face as my toner. On the first month, I diluted ACV with water and apply the mixture on my face using cotton. During the 1st month, my skin peeled off. For few weeks, my facial skin was so tender because of ACV, that it became a mild sore. To my amazement, the portions of skin that were peeled off remained my true skin color without the brown spot after it got healed (from being tender). When my face got used to the ACV, I stopped diluting it. Every night, I still apply undiluted ACV on my face. My friends who didn't see me for at least 3 months noticed that the brown spots were lighter. I also tried making my own moisturizer using Organic at least 98% Organic Aloe Vera, Vit. E, and few drops of Organic Tea Tree Oil, and Lavander Oil. From time to time, I replace the oils with Jojoba. Orally, I am taking Glutatione which is according to my research is considered the best, and mother of all anti-oxidants. I eat as much as possible organic food, and drink ACV tonic regularly 3x a Day (I use the brand _____). If I could, I avoid eating pork, junk food, and too much processed food. I rather eat room temperature food than have it warmed in microwave.
I am also using Juice Beauty moisturizer with SPF 20 during day time. So far, this is one of the best products I have tried with more than 90% organic ingredients. Sometimes, labels say organic, but the percentage is another thing. (This also applies when I am looking for food label. So, be careful). I put on Bare Escentuals Mineral Foundation/Powder to matte my oily skin. Some researches mentioned that whatever we put or apply on our body, about 60% or more is absorbed by our skin - meaning that's what comes in our body.
For the last three months, my skin and health has improved a lot. I cannot ascribe the improvement to ONLY one thing. I guess it is a combination of all of the above. I am happier with what I see, and feel. I guess there is no short cut to everything good. We just have to be patient. Most of all, we have to have a positive and good mental attitude. The spiritual side of my life helps me a lot in achieving a positive and healthy attitude in life. Remember, what we see on the mirror is just skin deep. The true beauty lies inside us - our soul and spirit."Replies
09/23/2011: Mez from Brisbane, Australia replies: "I'm very interested :D How bout glutatione did u take daily??"
10/21/2011: Fiona from Ilford, Essex, England replies: "I have read that MSM/organic sulphur flakes are great for sorting hyperpigmentation and have just started taking it as a supplement. Apparently, it raises Glutathione levels in the body as well. I will be sure to post in 2 or 3 months if/when I see a difference in my skin.
Good luck everyone, Fi"
11/14/2011: Dumpster Diva from Pinehurst, Texas, Usa replies: "I too have dark clusters. They used to be small, cute freckles on my cheeks, but have now formed into large clusters and are spreading. Plus a few years back Jane Seymours Youthful Essence scarred my face. I used the products to prevent wrinkles. While using, I started noticing a large brown patch about the size of a quarter, on the lower part of my the side of my face. It was mild at first, and I did not associate the patch with the Jane Seymour treatment. The spot grew darker and darker and the pores in that area were becoming large. I started to notice similar, smaller spots turning up here and there, and on the other side of my face. I finally realized the Youthful Essence was causing this, and I immediately stopped using it. The dark patches finally stopped growing, but unfortunately the damage was already done, and was permanent. I now have a huge dark patch on the side of my face that I can't even cover with concealer. When I put concealer on, it only seems to make the pores stand out in that area more. It is not as drastic as the skin of an orange, but looks similar to the skin of an orange. I am not sure if the freckles that grew together also did so due to the use of Youthful Essence, but I do know the ugly, dark patch is a direct result of the product. I am going to try the Apple Cider Vinegar and Castor Oil and see if that resolves these problems. Will let everyone know how it goes for me.
Someone mentioned warts, and I do have different wart salutions.
A friend with growths: One friend had some growths that appeared underneath both arms. Possibly skin tags, possibly finger warts. She never went to the doctor to have these identified. Then she somehow got a scratch under her arm, and a rash developed on it. This was a staph infection. She was going to go to the doctor, but decided to apply some tea tree oil to the staph infection to see if it would go away. After a few days the staph rash was still there, but she realized the growths under her arm were smaller. She ended up getting a prescription cream for the staph rash, and taking garlic pills. After a couple of weeks the growths under the one arm were completely gone. She started applying tea tree oil to the growths under the other arm. Those growths went away as well.
My experince with wart treatement: About 30 years ago I had the wart virus. I would get a wart, go to the doctor and get it cut off, or burned off, a few weeks later a new wart would appear. One day I was sitting in the doctors office waiting room, waiting to get my latest wart burned off. I was reading Readers Digest, and found an article about getting rid of warts. The article stated that applying Cod Liver Oil would get rid of warts. I should have walked out of the doctors office and ran to the nearest store to buy some cod liver oil pills, but instead I let the doctor burn off the wart. I still have a scar from the burning of that wart and the previous ones as well. As before, weeks later another wart appeared in a different spot. I bought a bottle of cod liver oil pills. I poke a pill with a needle and sqeezed out some of the oil onto the wart, and wrapped a bandaid around it. I did this a few times per day, every day. After a few days I started noticing the wart was actually smaller. The wart completly disapeared, and apparently the cod liver oil also killed the virus because I didn't get any new warts after the treatment.
The only down side to teh cod liver oil is the strong fishy smell. But a week or two of smelling like a fish, is well worth it!
Two friends with plantars warts: I have had two friends who had a plantars warts on the bottom of their foot. One took a homeopathic remedy called Thuja (in pellet form). The wart got smaller and smaller and was gone in a couple of weeks. Another friend put grey Duct tape on the wart, and wore this day after day. The wart turned white and peeled off.
I hope this is helpful! Will keep you posted on my castor oil, ACV results."
03/02/2012: Zoraida from Cayey, Puerto Rico replies: "This is for Dumpster Diva, So how did the ACV work for your face? Any improvements?"
01/24/2013: Scfitmomof2 from San Clemente, Ca replies: "It has been so informative reading all of these posts. I am 40 years old with very fair skin. I started getting brown spots on my legs, especially the shin area in my 20"s and since then I have gotten more on my chest, face, hands, arms and back. I use self tanners because my skin is so fair - not in a pretty milky way, I am fair in a bluish with freckles, skin tags, red spots, uneven tone, dry skin and terrible brown spots, type of way. The self tanner makes me feel a lot more comfortable in my own skin, but now due to all the spots and the fact that they are getting worse, it now binds to them making them stand out even more. I never wear shorts or capri's even when it's hot. I rarely get pedicures because the spots are so unsightly, people stare! They are so bad on my shins that there is no way I could treat one at a time. Hearing similar stories has given me hope that there is something I can do.. I tried ACV on my face tonight and also drank 3 tbsps - yuck. I am going to try lemon juice with equal parts organic Apple Cider Vinegar and the castor oil at night. I am also going to try compound w as well on a few skin tags and see how it works. I am grateful to have found this site, although I noticed that there has not been a post on this topic in a year, so I am hoping that there is still an ongoing disucssion. I would love to hear what has worked best for others with some or similar skin issues mentioned above. I am also curious if anyone else out there uses a self tanner and has experienced the same reaction to there skin as I have (self tanner, darkening spots) or has had success with a particular regimen which reduced brown spots etc for better application of the product. I dont expect any miracles to occur, but any improvement is worth it to me. Thanks again for sharing all of your feedback -- It has given me hope. I will post my progress at least weekly."
01/25/2013: Robin from Rural, Va replies: "I have exactly the same kind of skin, and experience the same problems. I am now 54 and the discoloration just gets worse with age. Sorry! I have gone through phases where I use the self tanner, but find that my fair skin is definitely preferable than the darker spots. I am hoping that there is some dialogue that gets going about this. But I have no remedies."
01/25/2013: Anon from Anon replies: "Hi, apparently it's a selenium deficiency combined with eating too many transfats- so you could eat brazil nuts."
07/13/2013: Renee from El Centro, California replies: "hi I am 43 have the same problem with dark spots on my legs. It is devastating to me I dont wear shorts & I live in the desert. I have small children AND I am sooo embarrrassed of these spots I dont swim with them or go to the beach. I feel like I am a terrible mother. I have tried expensive lasers that dont work. I feel so depressed does anyone have any ideas I am desperate!! Please please any ideas."
[YEA] 11/16/2013: Annie from Australia: "Hi all, I have been reading about potato and how it lightens age spots, so I thought I would try it out I have been juicing the potato and dab it all over my face for the last 2 wks and my skin is glowing and spots are fading. The reason I started looking into it was because of my Mum as she has lots of dark spots on her face and hands so she was going to be my test to see if it works, well the spots on her hands are fading and on her face as she had 1 very dark 1 on her face and I am very pleased to say it is working she can't believe it she keeps saying everyday look there getting lighter, I buy organic potato and only use 1 for the juicer its cheap and it works, I am going to try Cucumber mixed with the potato as they say its very good. Well we are 2 very happy people with our spots fading and I shall report back in a couple of weeks. cheers"
11/19/2011: Kay from Jacksonville, Fl/usa: "I have an age spot on my arm and was wondering if anyone knows a natural way of being able to fade this out. I have seen advertisements to purchase different items from the drug store, but I have not attempted to do this yet."Replies
11/20/2011: P from Middle, Fl replies: "Try black strap molasses; also I read here on EC some people tried apple cider vinegar."
11/21/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Do you mean apply on the age spot or drink it? I wish people here would always be very precise......"
11/21/2011: Manga from Hyderabad, Ap,hyderabad replies: "They meant, Drink it."
12/16/2011: Lou from Tyler, Tx replies: "Have you written to Ted in Bangkok, Thailand? Maybe he has a solution. Try reading about Ted's alkalizing remedies."
12/27/2011: Deb from Atlanta, Ga replies: "With the castor oil you can wear pj pants to bed and that way it will not get sheets oily. Just let it soak in. Also with apple cider vinegar would be good to use in addition to the castor oil. Use a q-tip when applying both. I would get a little squirt bottle the type you color hair with and put half the vinegar and 1/2 lemon juice in will boost up the lightening then can put on legs better that way with the bottle."
01/14/2012: Arielle from Sydney, Nsw Australia replies: "I have been doing this for only a week and already seeing great improvements.
Every night I mix together a little yoghurt and lemon juice and use it as a mask for my face and decolletage, also back of hands. I leave it on for 15 minutes while I watch TV then wash off. Then I make a paste out of bicarb soda and castor oil (just in my palm) and apply it with a q-tip to my age spots. I leave that on overnight and wash it off in the morning.
Now my skin tone has evened out and the dark spots have faded A LOT! Also my skin texture is better, with smaller pores. I am going to try the bicarb and castor oil on some warts next!"