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How to Get Rid of Liver Spots

Updated on July 3, 2016
Age Spots on Hand
Age Spots on Hand

Almost everyone gets age spots as they get older. My Grandmother called these darkened areas liver spots, but they don't have anything to do with your liver at all. The spots can be found in different areas of the body. There are several home remedies as you'll see below.

Age spots are just brown spots on the skin. They'll usually show up on your hands and face.

The spots are caused by sun damage. To prevent them in the first place, use sunblock.

How to Get Rid of Age Spots

You'll find concoctions elsewhere, but you'll need to mix different ingredients together, but the following are simple and you won't need to mix anything.

Warning: Although these remedies are natural, try them on a small spot of skin first to make sure that you aren't allergic or that they don't cause skin irritation.

Lemon Juice

Grandma always used lemon juice to get rid of the spots. This may take awhile. The reason it works, is that the spots are only on the surface of the skin. The lemon juice has a lot of acid in it and will eventually remove the top layer of skin without scarring. Lemon juice has been used for centuries to lighten blonde hair and to bleach stains.

An extra benefit is that you'll have a pleasant citrus scent to your skin. The lemons can be purchased cheaply at the grocery store and used for other purposes. I bought an entire bagful for just $2. They keep well in the fridge too.

The only disadvantage of using lemon juice is that it will need to be applied every few hours to really work.


Buttermilk is something else to try, but it is pricier than lemons. If you use it in baking, you might want to give it a try. It works on the same concept as the lemon juice, because it contains lactose acid.

Buttermilk will need to be reapplied frequently throughout the day, just like the lemon juice.


Laying slices of potatoes on the skin is supposed to work. The reasoning behind this isn't clear to me. I've never tried this one, but since almost everyone has potatoes on hand, it's worth a try.

Stay Out of the Sun

I had several age spots on my face that disappeared just by using a hat the entire next summer. You could give it a try. Use sunblock whenever you plan on being in the sun. Sun exposure is what causes age spots to begin with. Not getting overexposure to the sun will help prevent them.

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Over the Counter Products

New products are coming out everyday for age spots. There only drawback is the price.They contain chemicals if you prefer to stay with natural products.

Clinique has a new product that works well. Cost is around $35 to $50.They claim to be the best on the market. Whether this is true or not, I don't know. I have heard a few complaints that it leaves a lighter color where the spot was removed. Because any product removes the top layer of skin, I think this would be a problem for anyone with a tan.

Olay has a night treatment that is around $30 that claims to work well. With all of these treatments they lighten the skin.

Many products are available that may get results quicker than the home remedies. If you want a quick fix, give them a try.

Dermatologist Treatments

As a last resort, you can visit your dematologist and get a chemical peel or have skin dermabrasion done. This is the most expensive route to go and can cause redness and irritation. The added benefit might be that it will also remove small lines if you have your entire face done.

A dematologist can also do a laser treatment to remove the age spots. This is the most expensive route to go.

I am opting for the home remedies and trying lemon juice. It seems the least messy with no odor and the cheapest to try.


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    • PenHitsTheFan profile image

      Amy L. Tarr 

      7 years ago from Home

      I have not heard of the potato idea before. I'll keep it in mind.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      stars, Thanks.

    • stars439 profile image


      7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Wonderful hub, and thank you for sharing knowledge I will use. GBY.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      ktrapp, It should work well since they are just beginning. Thanks for commenting.

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      Kristin Trapp 

      7 years ago from Illinois

      Great ideas. I am going to try the lemon juice as I am just beginning to get spots on my hands. Hopefully it will work!

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      moonlake, You might be right about them running in families. On my mother's side everyone had them, but my dad's mother had lighter skin and she never had them.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      Brett, Thanks for reading and commenting. I wouldn't worry either if you have just a couple. My problem is that the older I get, the more I get. I'm out in the sun too much and don't think about sunscreen on my hands.

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      7 years ago from America

      I think they also run in families. You could line, my mom, my grandma, my aunts and me up and our hands all look the same. I have given up on trying to get rid of them. Voted UP.

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      Brett C 

      7 years ago from Asia

      Good tips. I already have a few after living in a hot country for years, not too worried though, but maybe if they grow a lot I'll give one of your suggestions a try.

      Shared, up and useful

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      Healthy Pursuits, I tried retinol several years ago. I had problems with irritation too. It's a great idea to use the lemons to streak your hair too. Be sure to use plenty of conditioner though. Thanks for commenting and reading the hub.

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      Karla Iverson 

      7 years ago from Oregon

      I was using retinol on my hands at night when I would also put it on my face. But I stopped doing that - my skin became irritated. So will try the lemon. Maybe I'll streak my hair, too, while I'm at it!

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      teaches12345, I'm using the lemon juice too since it smells good at the same time. Thanks for commenting and voting up.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      frogyfish, I bet you are right. It must be the acid in the vitamin C that does the trick. That or its antioxidant properties that does the trick. Thanks for commenting.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      I like the lemon juice idea best. It is worth the time and the cost if very inexpensive. My sister does have the Clinique lotion and it is working well (costly though). Thanks for posting the ideas as it will help many of us experiencing this problem. Voted up!

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      7 years ago from Central United States of America

      Interesting that lemons and potatoes both contain vitamin C, and vitamin C is in a lot of skin cremes. I always heard my granny call these liver spots too.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      Movie Master, Good luck and thanks for commenting.

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Barbara, my gran always use to call them liver spots too!

      I am going to try the lemons, thank you for the advice and great hub, voting up!

      Best wishes Lesley

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      suzzycue, You are one of the lucky ones. They weren't as big on sunblock when I was younger than they are now. Thanks for commenting.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      rajan jolly, Thanks for viewing and voting up. I agree with you, I'll take a natural cure first every time.

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      Susan Britton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Good advice but I also was a sun worshiper. There is something about the feel of the sun on my skin that I crave. I use lots of 65 spv suntan lotions and so far no problems. I have a friend who has stressed a lot about one spot one her face and I'll email this hub to her. Thanks for this info. Let me know if the potato works.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Interesting hub. A firm believer in and a writer on natural foods as healers for a diseased body, I find these natural remedies worth trying.

      Voted up and useful.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      Mary, I haven't gotten skin cancer yet, but I have spots all over the place too. The lemon juice will remove them, but it is another one of those things where you need to be patient. My Dad has had skin cancer about 4 times now and they have been different types. I'm sorry that you've had to deal with it.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      I wish I'd stayed out of the sun when I was younger, but I didn't. Now, I have spots and have had to have skin cancers removed from my face. I preach to my kids all the time, but they just have to have a tan. This is a good informative Hub. I voted it UP.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      Blond Logic, I'm starting the lemon routine. Let me know how the potatoes work. Thanks for commenting.

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      Mary Wickison 

      7 years ago from Brazil

      Lots of good advice here. I had never heard of using potatoes before I should give that a try.

      Thanks for a very practical article.


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