I ran across literally hundreds of natural remedies for age spots just from visiting a few trusted health sites… and after exploring the gamut of “skin discoloration” for about 4 hours, I have concluded that what works best for one person, may not work best for another (and visa versa). I’m certain however, at least one of the natural remedies for age spots I’ve found will work for you. I also have a GREAT RESEARCH TIP at the end of this article that should help you find the right treatment quickly (instead of 4 hours!).
Let’s start with a new article published in the Patriot Ledger out of Quincy Massachusetts by Ashley Haugen Spry that contains expert advice from Pina LoGiudice, a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist from Huntington, N.Y. and Jenny Tufenkian, a naturopathic physician in Portland, Oregon.
A lifetime of sun damage may cause the appearance of age spots — also called sunspots or liver spots — though liver health may also play a role, says Pina LoGiudice, a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist in Huntington, N.Y.
“That doesn’t mean you have liver disease,” she explains, “but is the liver congested? Could it use detoxification?” Since your skin is your body’s largest organ, any toxins in the body could be reflected in your skin’s appearance, says LoGiudice, a member of the American Association for Naturopathic Physicians.
The first line of defense against age spots should consist of a natural sunscreen and sun-protective clothing, though LoGiudice says it’s still important to absorb some of the sun’s rays (during non-peak hours) for sufficient vitamin D exposure.
After that, pay attention to your diet. A healthful diet consisting of plenty of water (half your body weight in ounces per day) and antioxidants from a rainbow of fruits and vegetables shows through in your skin. Leafy greens and dark orange vegetables like sweet potatoes are particularly high in beta-carotene, which helps the skin rebound after damage.
When treating existing age spots, keep in mind that there aren’t fail-proof cures, says Jenny Tufenkian, a naturopathic physician in Portland, Ore., and clinical faculty member of the National College of Natural Medicine. However, home remedies like aloe juice and apple cider vinegar won’t hurt you, she says.
“They’ve come down through herbal lore, but they’re not scientifically proven,” Tufenkian says. Still, “some people have reported positive responses from using them.”
Keep in mind that age spots take years to develop. Minimizing their appearance takes time, too. Apply any of the following to age spots several times a day, leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse off:
• Fresh aloe vera juice
• Apple cider vinegar
• Lemon juice
• Plain yogurt
• Fresh papaya or pineapple Read more:
Here are a few more natural remedies for age spots and a variation to the Apple Cider Vinegar treatment:
When Apple Cider Vinegar is mixed with onion juice and applied directly to the skin, it can help you to get rid of age spots and sun spots.
- Finely chop or blend an onion, and use a strainer or cheese cloth to squeeze and extract the juice.
- Take one part of Apple Cider Vinegar and one part of onion juice and mix them together.
- Dab a cotton pad into the solution and apply it directly onto the age spots.
Leave this on the skin for a minimum of 30 minutes, and as long as you are comfortable with it. Repeat this once a day for approximately 6 weeks and you should begin to notice a gradual improvement. If the spots have not completely disappeared after the 6 weeks but they have started to fade, keep repeating the process until they do.
To speed up the process, you can mix 3 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar into a mug full of water (hot or cold), and drink this twice daily for a month. This will not only improve your age spots, but it will also give you a healthy young glow and make you feel energized and active. If you find the taste of the vineger to be too strong, try adding a tablespoon of honey as a natural sweetener.Aloe Vera juice or gel has long been known as a general healing agent for skin problems, particularly burns. Many people have also found it to be helpful in reducing the visual appearance of age spots. Simply rub the juice or gel directly onto the affected areas twice a day, and leave it on the skin for at least 45 minutes each time. Within a month you should begin to notice improvements.Castor Oil has been shown to improve the appearance of age spots. Simple rub the oil directly onto the affected skin areas once in the morning and once in the evening. This should help fade the spots within a month. read more