While age spots, also called liver spots, are usually harmless, most people certainly aren’t happy when they begin to develop. Age spots are the result of prolonged sun exposure that causes melanin deposits in the skin, and a dermatologist can recommend a few treatment options to reduce their appearance. If your senior loved one prefers natural remedies, here are a few options from Home Care Assistance of Sonoma County that can fade the appearance of brown spots.
Lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent, and it’s often found in commercial bleaching creams. While age spots won’t disappear overnight, applying lemon juice directly to brown spots with a cotton ball twice a day will reduce their appearance after two months.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a popular home remedy for many skin issues, and it can help reduce the appearance of age spots by drying out the spot to help it fade. Apply a solution of equal parts water and apple cider vinegar directly to brown spots at least once a day. Leave the solution on the skin for a few minutes before washing it off. Seniors can also apply undiluted apple cider vinegar to the skin, but it’s best to begin with a diluted solution to avoid irritation.
While the exact mechanism isn’t well understood, sandalwood powder helps reverse hyperpigmentation of the skin, and it’s been used in herbal medicine for generations. This natural antiseptic can help fade age spots over a period of weeks. Seniors can try massaging brown spots with a couple of drops of sandalwood oil mixed with olive oil or almond oil to help moisturize the skin. Sandalwood powder can also be mixed with other skin lighteners like saffron and oil to create a paste.
Buttermilk is high in lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and natural exfoliant. Buttermilk is a common ingredient in natural skin care products as it encourages cell turnover or the shedding of old skin cells in favor of new skin growth. Applying buttermilk directly to age spots with a cotton ball can help fade spots over time by breaking down old melanin cells. You can add lemon juice to the buttermilk to increase the effect.
Onions and Lemon Juice
Lemons and onions are both packed with vitamin C and work as natural skin lighteners. Raw onion mixed with acidic lemon juice encourages skin lightening and cell turnover to gently peel away the upper-most layer of the skin. Onion naturally bleaches age spots and removes dead skin cells full of melanin, which is responsible for the hyperpigmentation.
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