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How to Get Rid of Brown Spots Naturally and Safely

Updated on February 29, 2016
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How to Get Rid of Your Brown Spots

In this article you'll discover 7 home remedies to get rid of your brown spots, naturally and safely. But first, let's take a quick look at what brown spots are and how your doctor may treat them...

Brown spots, also known as lentigines, and often referred to as liver spots (but see below), age spots, or sun spots, most commonly appear on the face, neck and hands and tend to appear later in life, around 40+. They are flat and can be brown, black or tan in color.

They appear on the skin due to extra skin pigmentation most commonly caused by long term exposure to the sun; hence "sun spots."

Why Liver Spots?

Did you know that brown spots have nothing whatsoever to do with your liver or liver function?

So why do we sometimes refer to brown spots as liver spots? There's a simple answer...

Back in the day it was erroneously believed that brown spots were caused by liver problems. Maybe this was compounded by the fact that some of these spots had a similar color to the kidneys.

It's important to note that brown spots are not the same as moles, because those are formed by growths.

Although true brown spots aren't dangerous, it can be difficult to differentiate between them and the early signs of malignant melanoma.

So you should always check to see if your spots change shape, color, have irregular edges, in fact any changes at all. If you spot any of these, or have any doubts whatsoever, you must see your doctor.

Brown spots, especially those that can really be called "brown patches" because of their shape and size, can be unsightly so, understandably, many folks want to get rid of them. The question is how?

There are several treatments that your doctor may suggest to either try to fade the pigmentation or resurface the skin...

  • Daily applications of sunscreen throughout the year.
  • Fading or anti-aging creams.
  • Chemical peels.
  • Laser treatments.

Irrespective of the treatment being used, sun protection measures still need to be carried out in order to prevent recurrences.

Here's an interesting video on treating brown spots. There is an interesting cautionary note near the end...

Treatment for Getting Rid of Brown Spots

How to Get Rid of Brown Spots Naturally and Safely

The following home remedies for brown spots can work to fade your blemishes in a couple of months, when applied regularly:-

1. Honey and Yogurt

First off, it has to be natural yogurt with no coloring, fruit, sugar or additives. It's the lactic acid in natural yogurt that is the active ingredient.

This combination acts a natural bleach. Mix equal quantities and apply for 30 minutes before rinsing. Do this twice a day.

2. Buttermilk

Buttermilk also contains lactic acid which can help to fade the brown spots / patches. Apply to the affected areas and leave for half an hour before rinsing off. Repeat the process twice per day.

3. Lemon Juice and Honey

When applied regularly to brown spots, lemon juice, which is acidic, can bleach the pigmentation.

To prevent your skin drying out during this process you can mix lemon juice and honey together before applying to each spot or patch. Leave for 1/2 hour and then rinse off. Repeat twice daily.

4. Yogurt and Lime Juice

Mix the yogurt and lime juice into a paste; not too much lime juice that it becomes watery. Apply and leave on for at least half an hour before rinsing off. Again, repeat twice on a daily basis.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar and Onions

Juice a peeled onion or, if you don't have a juicer, finely chop or blend an onion and place the pieces / pulp into a muslin cloth or similar and squeeze the juice out that way.

Mix equal parts of onion juice and apple cider vinegar and dab the affected areas with cotton. Leave for 30 minutes before washing off. Repeat twice daily.

6. Aloe Vera

Try to get some fresh aloe vera gel and gently rub into the spots / patches. This should be done twice a day.

It is also believed that drinking aloe vera juice daily helps to improve overall skin health.

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7. Redcurrants and Honey

Mash 1/4 of a cup of redcurrants then thoroughly mix in 1 tablespoon of honey. Apply to the brown patches and leave for half an hour. Rinse off. Do this two times per day.

Note: Even when using the above home remedies to get rid of brown spots, don't forget to apply high factor sunscreen regularly to exposed skin to prevent recurrences.

References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liver_spot

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/age-spots/basics/definition/con-20030473

http://dermnetnz.org/lesions/freckles.html

https://www.asds.net/Age-Spots/

http://www.drbaileyskincare.com/blog/how-do-you-get-rid-of-brown-spots-on-the-skin/

http://www.drspiegel.com/2012/12/how-to-get-rid-of-those-brown-spots-on-your-face/

http://www.rapidhomeremedies.com/remedies-to-get-rid-of-brown-spots-on-skin.html

http://www.top10homeremedies.com/how-to/how-to-get-rid-of-brown-spots-on-skin.html

http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/problems/treating/get-rid-of-age-spots.htm

http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Brown-Spots-Using-Home-Remedies

Disclaimer

The content of this Hub is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to be a substitute for proper medical diagnosis, treatment or advice, and you should not assume that it is. Always consult your health-care provider / physician / doctor before taking any medications, natural remedies, supplements, or making any major changes to your diet.

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      DebMartin 

      3 years ago

      Time to try some lemon juice and honey. Thanks. The over-the-counter products sold by cosmetic companies are outrageously expensive. Thanks for the tips.

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