Author Jean Morrison
Natural home remedies for removing age spots
Age spots are also known as sun spots, liver spots or lentigines. They are harmless flat, brown-ish black discolourations of the skin. They form in between the two top layers of skin, i.e. between the dermis and the epidermis. They are collections of skin pigment called melanin which are caused by our exposure to the sun. Sometimes this pigment doesn't distribute itself evenly and it collects in little "clumps" which are usually seen on the face or the backs of hands.
Age spots usually form on the face and on the hands because these are the areas on our bodies that are most exposed to the sun.
The older we get, the more sun we have been exposed to so the more age spots we incur.
Consequently the best way of avoiding sun spots is to stay out of the sun or wear a good sunscreen when outdoors.
Age spots - tips and hints on how to get rid of them
All of these remedies take several weeks to work. There is no quick fix solution. Try the remedies for 2 months and if nothing has improved try an alternative remedy. A remedy that works well on one person doesn't necessarily work well on another.
Dab on fresh lemon juice at least twice a day. Use a cotton bud if age spots are small. Lemon juice can be quite drying to the skin so keep it off the undamaged areas.
Use a cotton bud and apply Vitamin E that is found inside capsules. Similarly cod liver oil can be dabbed on.
Internally you can take a selenium supplement plus ginseng, dandelion, licorice, gotu kola and sarsaparilla. Ask your natural health care professional for amounts that suit your particular needs.
Take green papaya enzyme capsules. For quantities refer to the packaging.
Apply the juice of fresh cranberries onto the spots at night time. Let it dry on the skin and wash off next morning.
Take Vitamin E, 500 units per day. At the same time squish some of the capsule contents onto your age spots.
Mix together equal parts of onion juice and apple cider vinegar. Apply to the spots daily.
Sprinkle flax seed (linseed) on your cereal each morning. If possible use it in your baking and bread making too. Apply flax seed oil to your age spots.
Mix together 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of fresh orange juice. Apply to the spots twice daily.
Mix together one tablespoon each of sour cream, yoghurt, and ground oats (oatmeal) plus 3 - 4 drops of lemon juice. apply to the skin. Leave on for 10 minutes and then wash off.
Apply water melon peel to the affected areas.
Cut up small pieces of horse radish, soak them in warmed milk for a few minutes and apply to the spots.
Apply fresh aloe vera gel to the spots twice daily.
Please note the early stages of skin cancer can be mistaken for age spots. If in any doubt whatsoever about your skin blemish you must consult your doctor to get it checked out properly.