6 Top Natural Remedies for Age Spots

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Age Spot Remedies

Age spots, small dark spots on your skin, are also called solar lentigines or liver spots.

Age spots vary in size and appear on areas of your body regularly exposed to the sun, like the face, arms, hands, and shoulders. Age spots commonly affect adults between the age of 50 and above. However, age spots can still affect young people if they spend plenty of time exposed to the sun.

Age spots appear due to overactive pigment cells. Ultraviolet rays cause the skin to increase the production of melanin. Once the melanin concentrates on a specific skin area, an age spot appears. Age spots affect people of various skin types, but they are more common among light skin people. These spots are sometimes tan, black, or brown. They are also flat and oval. Age spots have different sizes depending on a person's exposure to the sun.

It is essential to note that age spots are not dangerous despite their appearance. However, age spots can make you appear older than you are, which is why people look for healthy ways to remove the age spots. Various medical options can help remove age spots, but they all have potential complications and side effects.

Home Remedies for Age Spots

Natural remedies are inexpensive and usually have no side effects. Here are six natural remedies commonly used to get rid of age spots.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is Earth Clinic's most popular remedy for age spots and works well when applied to the skin since it contains an abundant amount of alpha hydroxyl acids. The alpha-hydroxy acids are an excellent skin exfoliator with properties similar to anti-aging creams. The alpha hydroxyl acid present in apple cider vinegar helps lighten age spots.

Before applying apple cider vinegar to your skin, ensure that you first mix a small portion of the vinegar with olive oil. This combats the acidic nature of the vinegar and prevents your skin from drying. To achieve results, ensure you apply it on your skin every day and wash it off after 20 minutes of application.


Earth Clinic readers report that age spots disappear within a month when they take a selenium supplement daily.

Selenium is an antioxidant helping fight off the body's free radicals. Free radicals are associated with the aging process and are thought to be one of the primary causes of age spots.


Lemons contain citric acid. The citric acid in the lemons makes them helpful in lightening age spots, freckles, and dark spots. Citric acid also helps remove dead skin, enabling the new skin layer to appear. The new skin layer gives you a natural glow similar to the expensive creams people use.

It is essential to remember that you cannot go out to the sun once you apply lemon juice on your skin, as it can cause your skin to darken. People with sensitive skin always ensure that they dilute the lemon juice before using it on their skin. Concentrated lemon can cause skin redness and irritation.


Buttermilk contains lactic acid, and this makes it an adequate remedy to help in the reduction of skin pigmentation and age spots. Lactic acid also rejuvenates the skin and makes it appear younger and smoother. Dip a cotton ball into the buttermilk and dab it onto the affected area. You can also use buttermilk to get rid of acne. Add some lime juice to the buttermilk and apply it to the skin. Wash off the mixture after 15 minutes.


Papaya has similar amounts of alpha-hydroxy acids to apple acid vinegar. Alpha hydroxyl acids combine with some enzymes, and this helps make papaya highly beneficial to the skin. Papaya not only reduces age spots but also helps lessen the number of blemishes the skin has and treats other skin-related diseases. Papaya gives the skin a natural glow and consistently enhances the complexion.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a popular remedy for skin ailments like eczema, poison oak to age spots. It has anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties, which help keep the skin hydrated and feeling alive and fresh. You can purchase it in garden stores, grocery stores, or nurseries for people without aloe vera in their gardens. Break the plant and apply the sap to the age spots.


Onions are an effective natural remedy for age spots since they contain Sulphur compounds with excellent antiseptic properties. It also contains acids that act as excellent skin exfoliators.

The smell of onions may be irritating, but they are less irritating to the skin, unlike apple cider vinegar and lemons. Just slice up the onions and rub the sliced onions over the age spots twice or thrice a day.

You can also mix honey with a tablespoon of onion juice and apply the mixture to the age spots once or twice a day. Wash the mixture thoroughly from the affected area, ensuring the smell disappears.

Please continue reading below to learn which home remedies for age spots worked best for our readers, and let us know what you tried!

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Aloe Vera

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Posted by Cocoandrico (New Windsor, Ny) on 06/29/2011

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

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Posted by Rimmonah (USA) on 10/30/2023

I'm 66 years old and had very dark age spots covering both cheeks from my eyes downward to my chin. I also had smaller spots on my nose and forehead. The spots were so bad that I was considering acid peels from a dermatologist, even though I am not in favor of them.

One month ago, I decided to try unfiltered, unpasteurized ACV with the mother to help with my mild Roseacia. I only have small capillaries around my nose and on my chin. However, I felt like I should apply the vinegar to my whole face but didn't know why.

I was very surprised to discover that I love the smell and the feeling of the apple cider vinegar on my face. I have been applying it morning and evening for 30 days. I do not rinse my face afterward. And I don't apply moisturizer after the vinegar.

My face looks noticeably clearer, brighter, and softer! The age spots are definitely fading all over my face. My husband and others close to me have seen the difference in my skin.

I did originally break out on my nose and chin, but those blemishes are gone now. The ACV did not make my skin feel dry or cause it to peel, either.

I am going to continue to apply ACV to my face and will be starting to apply it to my forearms and hands.

I read somewhere that unpasteurized and unfiltered ACV contains acetic, lactic, and hyaluronic acids. The last two are often found in anti-aging skin products.

I will stop back and give an update sometime in January of 2024.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Rosie Love (Spain) on 03/29/2020

I have found that, rather than drying skin, apple cider vinegar (or indeed any vinegar) has a moisturising and softening effect. There is no need to mix it with oil. I use distilled malt vinegar (white vinegar) as a cheap hand cream. Now, my hands react very badly to soap or any detergent, which both cause awful itching and dryness that keep me awake at night. So I started using the vinegar as a way to re-acidify my skin (natural pH 5.5) after washing in soap (which is alkaline and has a pH or around 8 or higher). Through this practice, I discovered vinegar was more effective than hand cream for moisturising and way better than putting petrochemicals on your skin. But I also noticed that the age spots on my hands were disappearing. After 6 months of using every night and during the day whenever I wash my hands with soap (very frequently these days), I have virtually no visible age spots left - just pale marks. At this rate, within another 6 months they should have gone. This is not from using ACV, simply white vinegar.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jackie (Los Angeles, CA) on 02/05/2020

I've tried several things to get rid of age spots and I finally found something that worked really well. Make a paste out of baking soda and ACV, apply to your face or the areas you want to clear, leave for 15 minutes rinse with warm water and wash your face. Finish with a cold splash of water, pat dry. I then use a very light moisturizer because I am 55 😊 However, recently I did discover that if I just get a Q-tip and dip in the ACV only and apply on the age spots directly they go away much quicker. Either way I do this before I go to bed every night and I've had amazing results!

Replied by Ash

Hi Jackie, I'm really keen to try this but just wondering if you used a moisturiser or face serum either before or after applying the ACV in the evening?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Michael (California) on 05/13/2015

After seeking several different methods to clear up several skin issues and failing, I was ready to go see another dermatologist

I came across this board and with so many positive reviews about ACV, I went and purchased a bottle of organic ACV with mother. I have several skin issues that really are bothersome especially sun damage on my face. I treated the following:

Actinic Keratoses on my face and arms. Brown solar spots on my face. And the most difficult, atopic dermatitis patches(eczema)on my legs. I applied un diluted ACV 2x per day with a q-tip directly to the spots and AK. In addition, I am drinking 1 tablespoon with fruit juice 1x per day. I have been doing this for 22 days and I am amazed that the AK lesions have almost disappeared!! There is some pinkish color and still a little bit to continue to treat. The brown age spots have diminished in darkness and are not noticeable unless you look for them. Once again, I am still treating them and expect continued progress. The eczema has been more difficult but has shrunk by at least 50% and seems to be drying out and flaking off a little bit at a time. I did seem to develop another blister at one site, but I believe this was a underlying one that emerged with treatment. THIS STUFF WORKS!

I am NOT getting the weight loss and lower blood pressure, others are, but am amazed to have an apparent solution to my skin problems.

Replied by Choymae
(Ca, USA)

I think your weight problem may be drinking only 1 Tablespoon with fruit juice. I had Pneumonia when I was a baby and I'm sure was given Antibiotics. Through the years, every time I had some illness, my mother took me to see more doctors and I got more antibiotics which left me with rashes and pimples all my life. ACV can kill the bad bugs, but drinking it with fruit juice may not be the best since sugar, including fruit sugar feeds them. Try adding more than a tablespoon into good filtered water and see what happens.

Replied by Alan

Try zinc 50 mg a day for your pimples.

Replied by Yorkshire Pudding
(Helena, Mt)

I agree with taking zinc for pimples, but please remember to take it with food, or it may really give your stomach a pain...also zinc oxide directly on pimples is helpful as well. Good luck!


YES. Take zinc with food! ... Do NOT take on an empty stomach!!! I've taken it for years but began taking it daily to boost my immune this year with the virus. I've always taken it with food but one morning I didn't. Within apx 30 minutes I was near projectile vomiting. Barely made it to the bathroom in time. My face was bright red, almost purple. Crazy intense vomiting. It scared me how aggressive it was. Like I'd been poisoned. I'll never make that mistake again.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Cw (Georgia, U.S.A.) on 05/08/2015

I keep a bottle of 3 parts water to 1 part organic ACV for after washing my face I use it as my toner under my moisturizer on my face and neck once it dries there is no smell. I have been doing this for years, I am 55 and have no age spots on my face or neck and minimal wrinkles.

Replied by Yinpark
(South Korea, Seoul)

Is ACV okay to use with sensitive skin? My face gets irritated easily.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Yinpark, dilute it a lot.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Snakeeyes (Albany, Ny) on 10/13/2013

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!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by The Bird (Powell, Ohio) on 12/16/2011

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?

Replied by Sherri

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.

Replied by Teriinttown
(Tacoma, Washington)

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.

Replied by Marie
(Ocala, Florida)

Did you use the ACV full strength and get results for the facial age spots? Have been using the paw paw facial mask for a month now with no noticeable results.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Haley (Greenville, Nc) on 09/26/2009

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.

Replied by Billaj Satti
(Rawalpindi, Pakistan)

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

Replied by Brainbuster
(Indianapolis, In)

Did you drink the ACV "with the mother" or just the regular big container you can get for cheap?

Replied by Anita
(New York)

When u put Apple Cider Vinegar on in the shower, did u rinse it off? How long did it stay on your body? Thanks..

Replied by Veena
(Denver, Colorado)

I have very sensitive skin on the face, can I use ACV for age spots? Will it not cause itchiness?

Replied by Mama to Many

Dear Veena,

You could try diluting the ACV a good bit and test it on a small area of the skin. I would start with 1 Tablespoon ACV to 1 cup of water. You could increase the amount as you are comfortable.

You could also follow up with some castor oil, which is good for the skin.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Veena
(Denver, Colorado)

Thanks for the reply Mama to Many!

Am I going to apply it to my skin like a toner and leave it on overnight or rinse it with water after several minutes? Can I wash my face with facial wash before applying ACV or not? How many times do I have to do this? Please explain also the use of castor oil.

Thank you for taking time in answering my questions.

Replied by Mama to Many

Dear Veena,

People use ACV in such a variety of ways. Yes, you could use it as a toner after washing your face. Some leave it on and some rinse it off. But I would start out with it diluted. You will have to see how it seems to do for you. I would use it once or twice a day. Then, at least at night, go ahead and rinse it off and gently apply some castor oil to your face. I like to use a cold preased hexane free castor oil. I do this before bed and my face never feels oily when I wake up the next day.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Veena
(Denver, Colorado)

Thanks again Mama to Many! I'll start on this beauty regimen today.

I'll update you with the progress in the coming days.

Replied by Sandy

Dear Mama to Many,

My sister developed some boil near her right nostril and also some reddish spots near end of nostrils. Doctor gave her some strong creams containing steroids. The rash did not reduce and after two months of using those creams she again went to doctor and he said it the beginning stage of vitiligo. and asked her to continue the creams and also said he can not predict anything. My sister is 70 years and very much terrified with this. She is active and have normal health.

I will be grateful if you can suggest some home remedy for this.


adelle davis cited a cure for this skin problem I believe it was b6 but is in one of her two most popular books

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Sandy,

I have been thinking about what to suggest for your sister, as it started as a boil and possibly spread to the end of the nose?

My first thought was impetigo, which is common on that part of the face. It does sound like some sort of infection, anyway, whether bacterial or fungal.

There are so many things to try and with skin things I tend to just keep trying things until I find what works. But with the more tender skin of age, I would want to stick to remedies that are as gentle as possible. I was pondering castor oil, coconut oil, turmeric, acv....

Then I remembered this skin cream I was using for a while that I just loved - Nutribitoic Skin Ointment. It is kind of pricey ($8 for a half ounce tube) but a little goes a long way. I found it to be very gentle. It contains all sorts of stuff that would help a variety of problems. (It has herbs, castor oil, gse, honey, vitamins, essential oils etc.) Anyway, that is probably what I would try first.

Frankly, it doesn't sound like vitiligo to me, but I haven't seen it, I suppose! Vitiligo is a skin condition in which the skin isn't showing its pigmentation, I have never seen it raised or resembling boils or anything.

Let me know what you think.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Sandy

Dear Mama to Many,

Tons of thanks once again for your reply and positive thought that 'it does not look like vitiligo'. Your answer gave her a ray of hope. Will definitely try your suggestion and keep you posted. Also pray for her that it cures 100% and that slighlty white patch becomes back to normal skin colour.

She also started wheatgrass juice first thing in the morning.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Onion Juice

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Posted by Darlene (Augsburg, Germany) on 09/14/2007

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.

Replied by Linda
(Naples , Florida)

What are the exact measurements of onion juice to ACV?

Replied by Robyn
(Chicago, IL)

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.

Replied by Darlene
(Augsburg, Germany)

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.

Replied by Susan
(Auburn, WA)

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?

Replied by Rich
(Boca Raton, Fl)

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.

Replied by Liss
(Rockford, Belvidere, IL)

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!!!

Replied by Diane
(Cherry Hill, NJ)

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.

Replied by Vanessa
(Long Beach, Ca, Usa)

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?

Replied by Zuzana

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.

Replied by Brandon
(Indianapolis, In)

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.

Replied by Megterry

HI there, just wondering if it is possible for me to have 2 red onions (skin peel off and cut into smaller size) put inside the bottle filled with white vinegar. Then I just use them for my freckles and brown spot on my face. Once there are dry, I'll just clean my face. Let me know, thanks!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Horseradish

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Posted by Penelope (Concord. California) on 02/17/2015

I detailed boats for 14 years and with all of the chemicals I used I caused major havoc on my skin, and I became so depressed as I had aged so badly. Ugly brown spots and horrid wrinkles all over my face . I tried the expensive and the cheap face creams until I ran out of money. and like the commercial I definitely had a wrinkle cream grave drawer. I went through my grandmothers trunks and found her home remedies.

This is what I did:

Fresh lemon juice-ACV- and the horseradish. All equal parts . (it will be a tad milky with some foam, ), I put a very warm wet cloth on my face and neck for a couple of minutes to open up my pores and then apply my mixture and go to bed. This takes a couple of days and the results are wonderful. My skin has improved 75% and I am going to keep on using this, this is working for me and I am very happy with the results I am seeing. The smell is not too bad but your spouse or partner may not agree, but there is always the couch for them to sleep on...

Replied by Mama to Many

Dear Penelope,

Wonderful! Yay for Grandma! Feel free to pass along more of her wisdom!

I believe it was the late Dr. Robert Mendehlson (a pediatrician) who said, "Two grandmothers are worth more than one doctor."

So happy for your healing!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Acaciarubra
(Vienna, Va)

Hi Penelope,

Do you do the mixture every day or can you keep in the fridge for a few days? Thanks for your help.


Yes, I keep a small jar in the fridge to help prevent bacterial growth. Then I apply it with little round disposable cleansing pads. I avoid re-dipping the pad to keep the mixture as pure as possible. They're very inexpensive and can be bought in most dollar stores.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Horseradish
Posted by Francisca (Zug, Zug, Switzerland) on 01/18/2012

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:

Liver Spots

- Grate four inches of fresh horseradish, using the fine side of the grater. Add 1/4 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!

Replied by Zoraida
(Cayey, Puerto Rico)

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?

Replied by Stephen

I don't know about the horseradish, but the apple cider vinegar and onion works for age spots. Half onion juice and apple cider vinegar. I couldn't be bothered squeezing the onion so I just cut the onion up what I thought was half the ACV and used each night and morning. It was amassed over 8 weeks and it slowly disappeared.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Lime Rind

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Posted by Mia (Copenhagen) on 06/26/2021

Apple Cider Vinegar for a persistent spot & Lime Skin for liver spots on the hands:

Apple Cider Vinegar------My dermatologist's diagnosis of a persistent spot on the bottom left side of my face was" age spot"! One application of Apple Cider Vinegar got rid of it COMPLETELY!

Lime Skin-------As a right handed person, I have rubbed lime skin (rind) every single morning on my left hand after squeezing it in my herbal tea, and there are zero liver/age/brown spots, whereas, I do have some tiny light brown spots on my right hand!

These days, I use lime skin on both hands equally!

Castor Oil

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Posted by Alyson (Plano, Tx, Usa) on 08/26/2009

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!

Thanks, Alyson

Replied by Alyson
(Plano, Tx)

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!

Replied by Kristina
(Wvc, Utah)

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;

Mineral oil
Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl-Paraben
Sodium Laurel Sulfate
Benzene/Benzoic Acid/Benzyl Benzoate
Dibutyl Phthalate
Diazolidinyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea
Isopropanol/Isopropyl Alcohol
Lead Acetate
Petrolatum and Petroleum Distillates
Propylene Glycol
PVP/VA Copolymer
Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate
Stearalkonium Chloride
Synthetic Colors
Synthetic Fragrances
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

Replied by Fbk227
(Long Island, Ny)

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!

Replied by Mad For Oil
(Planet Earth, Planet)

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.

Replied by Mad For Oil
(So Private, Planet)

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

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)

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.

Replied by Mad For Oil
(Somewhere, Earth)

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.

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)

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.

Replied by Louise
(Maghtab, Malta (europe))

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.

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)

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!

Replied by Sanjay117
(Titwala, Maharashtra, India)

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

good luck

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)

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.

Jeanne G,

Francisca, I use ONE drop of castor oil in my eye. And small amount of castor oil can also be used to help keep eyelashes and eyebrows healthy. So no need to put the oil into the eye, but perhaps place one drop on tip of washed finger and use that gently barely touching eyelashes, and use the rest of moisture of the castor oil on your eyebrows.I often have enough left to tap my lips.

Replied by Gs
(Cainta, Rizal, Philippines)

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!

Replied by Francisca
(Zug, Switzerland)

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!

Replied by Courtney
(Granite Bay, Ca)

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!

Replied by Zoraida
(Cayey, Puerto Rico)

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.

Replied by Zoraida
(Cayey, Puerto Rico)

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!

Replied by Veena
(Denver, Colorado)

At first I thought using the Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) as toner will not work for me. I initially left it on my face overnight but I was not able to sleep well because I scratched my face. When I washed my face with water in the morning it was irritated so I leave off using it for a week then I tried again with the ACV toner but this time I rinsed it off after 20 minutes. Then I poured castor oil in my two fingers and applied it all over my face. I didn't have bad reaction this time. After 3 days of doing the routine I woke without the oily face that I usually have.

Two weeks of using it had lightened the age spots and now, they're totally gone! I am also using it now to lighten the dark areas of my body like the knees, the elbows, and the neck. It takes a lot of time and patience but the result is amazing!

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Posted by Darlene (Flagstaff, Az) on 03/14/2012

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.

Replied by Franca
(Toronto, Ontario)

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!

Replied by Christine
(Shoreline, Wa, Usa)

Is it the old-fashioned little bottle of Compound W, or the newer "freezing-type" of Compound W?

Replied by Susan

I don't use the freezing product. I use the gel and it fades the spots on some parts of my body and gets rid of them entirely on other parts of my body. I don't know why, but that's how it works for me.

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