Sunspots, also known as age spots or liver spots, are the brown, telltale signs of sun-damaged skin. According to the Mayo Clinic, true sunspots are completely harmless --- but that doesn't mean they're not annoying and unsightly, especially when they're on your face. Fortunately, there are natural home remedies you can make and use to safely and effectively remove these dreaded brown spots from your complexion. If you use these home remedies on a consistent basis, you should see your spots begin to fade over time.
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Things you need
- 1 lemon or bottled lemon juice
- Cotton balls or cotton swabs
- 1 onion
- Apple cider vinegar
- Granulated sugar
- Container with sealing lid
Slice a lemon and squeeze its juice into a bowl. Bottled lemon juice will work as well, but fresh lemon juice may be more effective.
Dip a cotton ball or cotton swab into the lemon juice, then dab it onto your sunspots. Allow the lemon juice to dry completely on your face, which should take approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
Rinse your face thoroughly with water and pat dry. Perform this routine on a daily basis to see results.
Blend an onion to a juice-like consistency.
Mix the onion juice with an equal amount of apple cider vinegar in a bowl. Stir until both juices are thoroughly mixed together.
Apply the mixture to your sunspots using a cotton ball or cotton swab and let it dry on your skin for at least 30 minutes.
Rinse the mixture from your face with water and pat dry. Apply this mixture to your face once a day until you reach your desired result.
Onion and Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix together one part borax with two parts granulated sugar in a container that has a sealing lid.
Place the lid on the container and let the mixture sit in place for two days.
Remove the lid from the container and stir the mixture.
Apply the mixture to your sunspots using a cotton ball or cotton swab. Let it dry on your face for about 15 minutes, or until it is completely dry.
Rinse your face with water to remove the mixture. Continue to reapply this mixture to your face on a daily basis until your spots fade away.
Borax and Sugar
Tips and warnings
- To enhance the effectiveness of these natural home remedies, exfoliate your skin daily using an exfoliating pad or an exfoliating face product to remove the dead skin cells of the sunspots and help rejuvenate the skin.
- To prevent your sunspots from getting worse and new spots from forming, use a sunscreen with an SPF of 25 or higher on your face on a daily basis and any time you will be exposed to the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays.
- Over-the-counter skin products that focus on fading brown spots and contain ingredients known for their lightening properties, such as glycolic acid, hydroquinone or kojic acid, can also aid in fading your sunspots.
- The fastest but most costly alternative for removing your sunspots involves a visit to a dermatologist. A dermatologist can provide you with prescription-strength spot-lightening products or perform highly effective spot-removal techniques on your skin using laser therapy, dermabrasion or chemical peels.
- When applying these natural remedies onto your sunspots, be careful not to get any of the ingredients in your eyes, as they can burn and irritate them. If any of the ingredients do get in your eyes, flush your eyes out immediately with water. If problems with your eyes persist, consult a doctor for further treatment.
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- Mayo Clinic; Age Spots (Liver Spots); Mayo Clinic Staff; February 24, 2011
- Natural-HomeRemedies.com: Natural Ways to Remove Sun Spots on Facial Skin
- HomeRemediesWeb.com: Age Spots Home Remedy
- BlissPlan; 21 Ways to Get Rid of Yucky Brown Spots on Skin; Sydney Johnston; June 15, 2009
- Beauty-Advices.com: How to Treat Brown Spots and How to Get Rid of Brown Spots