Last Modified on Mar 25, 2015
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] 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:
[YEA] 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!
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.
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?
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