Age spots or sun spots, as the darkened, freckle-like spots on the skin are called, are areas of hyperpigmentation or more simply put they are places where the skin has an over production of natural pigments. Commercial age spot removers abound and there are also chemical peels for the skin and laser age spot removal procedures. Unfortunitely these methods can come with side effects and be expensive. Homemade remedies for age spots, that have been proven to work are available that use common natural remedy supplies found in most homes.
One common misconception about natural remedies is that because they rely upon products that are unaltered from their natural state, that they must be totally safe on all counts. This is not true as any homemade remedies or home cures contain chemicals just like commercial products and if used incorrectly or indiscriminately, they can be harmful. It is important that any of the following age spot treatments be tested on a small area of the skin before using them over a larger area. Wait 24 hours after applying a small amount to the test area and check for any adverse reactions before proceding with the natural remedy. Most of these age spot treatments rely on the acids found in fruits or plant parts so be careful to not get them in the eyes or on wounds. Don't leave them on longer than recommended and do not continue using them if the skin becomes tender or there is swelling.
Homemade Remedies for Age Spots:
1. To 1 teaspoon of lime juice add 1 teaspoon glycerin and 1 teaspoon of rose water. Mix well and use a cotton ball to dab the mixture onto the age spots. Allow to dry for 30 minutes and then rinse with cool water. Use this age spot remedy twice a day to fade the hyperpigmentation until the spots on the skin are gone.
2. Dab freshly squeezed lemon juice on the age spots and let sit for 2 minutes. Rinse the area well as lemon juice is very acidic. Apply once daily until the age spots fade and disappear.
3. Cut a potato in half and rub the cut side on the skin. Allow the skin to dry and rinse well. Apply twice a day, morning a evening.
4. Cut a leaf off on an Aloe vera plant and apply the jelly-like sap to any age spots to lighten them and sooth the skin. This skin treatment is also good to use after using any of the other age spot treatments that use an acidic substance.
5. Place a teaspoon full of chopped onion in a shallow saucer and mash it up using the flat bottom of a glass. Once mashed well, add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to the onion and mix well. Use a cotton ball to soak up the liquid and apply it to the skin. Let dry and then rinse. Apply twice daily until the spots fade.
6. Make a paste from 1 tablespoon of baking soda and a little water. Rub on the skin for a minute or two to exfoliate, removing the old skin cells, and to remove age spots. Rinse the skin well after using this age spot treatment.
7. Dissolve four tablespoons of sea salt in eight ounces of warm water. Dip a cloth into the solution and dab it onto the age spots daily to fade them.
8. Rosehip oil, which can be purchased online or at stores where natural remedies and extracts are offered, has been found to fade and remove age spots. Rub the oil onto the skin daily and leave on the skin.
9. Create a paste by cooking 1/2 cup of oatmeal in 1/4 cup of water, add 1 tablespoon of honey and mix well. Cover the spots with the warm paste and let dry before rinsing off.
As any dermatologist will tell you, preventing age spots through the use of sun screens to stop sun damage to the skin before it happens should be a number one goal. However when age spots have already made their appearance on the skin, then turning to homemade remedies is one way to have healthy skin without age spots.