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Home Remedies to Get Rid of Age Spots
Jun 24, 2016
Home Remedies to Get Rid of Age Spots

Age spots, also called as sun or liver spots, they appear on body parts like legs, face, hands, arms, and back. The age spots normally start at the age of 40 and above.  In some cases, even young ones get affected by age spots.  We cannot give name these spots as age spots because the reason behind the occurrence of spots may be different.  These spots may also be caused due to over exposure to the sun. 

If your spots are due to age then it is not harmful, but if your spots are due to over exposure to the sun then you need to seek medical care.  Even though these spots are not harmful, most of the people don’t like to keep them on their body as they represent the age, but if the spots are increasing in size day by day and changing the color with time then you need to seek medical help as they may be signs of skin cancer.

Reasons for Age spots

Age spots due to age occur mainly in people having light-colored or fair complexion, but they are seen in people with dark complexion too.  It is just that fair complexion people are more prone to age spots or spots due to over exposure to the sun. 

Following are the causes for age spots:

Age spots occur mostly due to overexposure to dangerous UV rays from the sun.  When skin gets exposed to the sun, the melanin will be produced due to melanocytes.  Over exposure to the sun continuously will lead to excess production of melanin, which leads to the formation of patches or spots on the skin. 

You can see these patches mainly on legs, face, hands, arms, back etc.  These dark spots are also called as age spots, brown spots, sun spots, and liver spots. Another reason for the occurrence of age spots is due to tanning beds and tanning lamps.

Age spots may even occur due to genetic defects or reasons. Along with sun exposure, the equally important reason for causing age spots as the name suggests is age.

The least possibility for the occurrence of age spots is that stress, pregnancy, vitamin deficiency etc.

How to get rid of Age spots

There are numerous ways to get rid of age spots.  There are lots of creams available in the market that claim to fade out the age spots.  There are treatments that most of the beauty salons offer to reduce the age spots.  There are also bleaching products available in the market to reduce these age spots. 

As there are treatments to clear all these patches and age spots people who are having age spots that come with age prefer to get rid of age spots with the help of those hi-fi treatments. 

If your age spots are due to over exposure to the sun then you can take preventive measures on how to protect the skin from sun tan and UV exposure.  Try to use good sunscreens when you are both in and out of the house to protect your skin.  Know the SPF level that your skin requires and apply it regularly two a day.

For people who cannot afford such hi-fi, treatments can use simple home remedies to treat their age spots.

Home remedies for age spots

Lemon juice

Lemon juice is named for fading marks on skin because of the presence of citric acid.  Lemon juice can be used on these age spots to fade out as it bleaches both patches and spots as well.  It clears all kinds of marks on the skin and gives clear and smooth skin.

All you need to do is take a lemon and cut into two.  Take one piece and rub it gently all over your skin.  Let it for 30 minutes on your skin and then wash it off with cold water.  Repeat this twice a day until all the spots and patches go away.

Buttermilk

Buttermilk works the same way as lemon juice does.  This is because buttermilk contains lactic acid just like lemon juice contain citric acid, but the difference is that lactic acid goes well for all skin types and does not show any signs of dryness.

Take some cotton, dip it in buttermilk and apply all over your face.  Leave it on your face for 15 to 30 minutes on your face and wash it off with water.  Do it twice in a day for best results.  You can also add lemon juice or tomato juice to make it work more effectively.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar also works in removing age spots. Dilute some Apple Cider Vinegar solution with an equal amount of water.  You can also add some honey to the solution.  Apply it on age spots and leave it for 30 minutes.  Rinse it off with cold water.  Try this once a day.

Castor oil

Castor oil has healing properties associated with it, which helps in treating age spots.  Take a cotton ball, dip it into castor oil and gently apply it all over the affected area and massage for some time.  Let it sit on your skin for 2 hours and then wash it off.  If you have dry skin, add some coconut oil to castor oil.

Aloe Vera

Aloe is yet another home remedy to treat age spots.  It has skin healing and skin regeneration properties.  Take Aloe 2 spoons and apply it on affected area.  Leave it for 30 minutes and then wash off.

You can also use sandalwood powder, honey, yogurt to treat age spots.  If you are having any such signs of age spots start your at-home treatment immediately with these effective home remedies.

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