6 Top Natural Remedies for Age Spots

| Modified on Apr 21, 2022

Posted by Arn (Kenmore, Wa.) on 02/13/2021 14 posts
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Age spots, liver spots, and moles are usually signs of selenium deficiency. A capsule of selenium, usually 200 mcg, is safe to use daily, with food. The results come pretty quickly. I have seen big hairy moles vanish in a little over a month, dark splotches on the face vanish in days.

BTW, selenium helps prevent skin and breast cancer, and other cancers. And a recent study showed that 250 mcg per liter of blood stops any virus from propagating. Selenium stops covid!

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

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?

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

Castor Oil
Posted by Alyson (Plano, Tx) on 04/23/2010

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!

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

Castor Oil
Posted by Kristina (Wvc, Utah) on 05/26/2010

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

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

Apple Cider Vinegar and Onion Juice
Posted by Darlene (Augsburg, Germany) on 09/14/2007
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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.

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

Posted by Judy (Ga, Usa) on 05/10/2014
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Age spots: Per Joel Wollack who wrote Dead Doctors Don't Lie, 200-250mcg. selenium daily will erase them. Mine on arms have greatly diminished and I hope to soon see them totally gone.

Compound W
Posted by Christine (Shoreline, Wa, Usa) on 05/01/2013

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

Castor Oil
Posted by Mad For Oil (Planet Earth, Planet) on 04/27/2011
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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.

Castor Oil
Posted by Gs (Cainta, Rizal, Philippines) on 01/25/2012
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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!

Ice Cube
Posted by Gokhals (Ca, Usa) on 10/23/2015 36 posts
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Apply an ice cube or two daily on your face until you can no longer bear it.

It tones, de-wrinkles, smoothes, improves circulation, lightens age spots, your skin will be smooth as silk and glow.

Natural, non toxic, and will leave your skin feeling wonderful all day.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 11/08/2017

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~

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

Castor Oil
Posted by Mad For Oil (Somewhere, Earth) on 05/02/2011

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.

ACV and Castor Oil
Posted by Veena (Denver, Colorado) on 10/14/2015
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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!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Onion Juice
Posted by Brandon (Indianapolis, In) on 03/14/2013

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.

Posted by Michael (New Zealand) on 01/19/2022
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Hi Sheri,

Since taking a multi-mineral and vitamin tablet once per day after my main meal for two months, I have noticed that my liver spots on my fore-arms have disappeared.

How cool is that?!

There are supposed to be twelve minerals and twelve vitamins in these tabs and Selenium (amino acid chelate) comes out at 12.5mg by weight and 125mg active.

My doctor would no doubt have said that the liver spots come courtesy of advanced years, yet with the right inputs (or maybe cutting some things out?), many afflictions can be reversed if given enough time to work their magic.

Our NZ soils are naturally deficient in Selenium, Boron and Copper among other things.

Doctors these days get almost no training in nutrition!! Pretty weird attitude on the part of the trainers.

(P.S. Unfortunately our very strong sunlight here comes at a cost, with one of the highest ultra-violet ratings in the world, we suffer from the highest rates of Melanoma, so we heed to watch our skin's reaction constantly!! ).

(P.S. number two! Bill Bryson's latest book entitled "The Body - A Guide for Occupants" is certainly worthy of the attention of the esteemed posters on this Site - I am up to page 322 in the chapter: "Into the Nether Regions").

Cheers from Down Under

Compound W
Posted by Susan (California) on 10/22/2017
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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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mama to Many (Tennessee) on 11/22/2014

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~

Castor Oil
Posted by Mad For Oil (So Private, Planet) on 04/30/2011

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

Lemon Juice
Posted by Joyce (Houston, TX) on 09/01/2008
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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.

Multiple Remedy Success
Posted by In_Owe (CARSON, CA) on 08/12/2008
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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.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Horseradish
Posted by Penelope (Concord. California) on 02/17/2015
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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...

Onion Soaked in ACV, Castor Oil, MSM, Vitamin C
Posted by Aiza (Wash, D.c.) on 04/13/2014
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Finally, I had been trying the onion juice with ACV remedy for age spots and after 3 months I did NOT notice ANY improvement. But, the good news is that HERE is what truly worked for me and in ONE week my sunspots are 95% GONE!

#1- I soaked an entire RED onion in ACV (Braggs), this is in a glass jar, and I dab a cotton ball in it and run it over my cheeks when I know I will have free time.

#2- At night before going to bed, I rub castor oil on the sunspots

#3- I am taking MSM 4,000mg and 2,000 Vitamin C.

These THREE combined have FINALLY shown ERADICATION of my sunspots. I wish you all tons of success and know that you are all beautiful inside and out. :)

Compound W
Posted by Franca (Toronto, Ontario) on 08/16/2012
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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!

Lemon Juice
Posted by Kay (Fl, US) on 05/31/2014
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Caution: Lemon/citrus juice is known to react in the sun (and with hormones), which can cause acid burns (proven by many dermatological studies). Personally this happened to me and several girlfriends, while using lemon juice to lighten our hair while laying in the sun at the beach. At the time, the reaction (darkly stained skin on the sides of the face and around hairline) became much more prominent in the girls who were taking birth control pills. These stains ruined a few modeling careers (tragic scarring on the girl who layed her face on a lemon soaked towel). In winter, when our tans faded, many of us noticed we had "matching stains" where the lemon juice had driped down our face.

Considering the warnings I've read from derm/cosmetologists, it's best to reserve the lemon juice treatments for nightime use only.

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