14 Apr 2019

Age or liver spots are caused by years of exposure of the skin to the sun. They are usually brown or gray spots that occurs on some parts of the skin. It is more noticeable on older persons but that doesn't mean they can't occur on young people's skin. As explained above, they normally occur due to prolonged exposure to sun, hence they occur where the sun hits most-that is the back, face, hands or back. They are also occur by naturally or due to stress or aging. 

Treating age spots
If you've been looking for ways to treat your age spots, here are some natural and home made remedies to help fade and get rid of them. They are cheaper, safe and can be gotten at home. 


Lemon juice can be used to get rid of brown spots and helps to maintain a blemish free skin. 
Apply fresh lemon juice directly on the
affected area. Leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing it off with warm or cold water. Do this twice daily, until you notice positive results. You can also mix it honey and bentonite clay and use it as a scrub,to get positive results .
Note:Do not go out into the sun without a sunscreen or sun block. Lemon juice makes your skin sensitive to sun rays and can cause sunburns. Always use it preferably at night.  


Castor oil can be used effectively to get rid of brown spots or age spots.
 Apply castor oil on the affected area.
 Gently massage the area for a few minutes.
 Leave it on for a few hours and then wash it off with warm or cold water. 
Do this twice daily to help fade the spots. Other oils that can be used include Vitamin E or Almond oil.


For Vitamin E, simply apply the oil twice daily on the affected area or bust a capsule on a teaspoon and apply the oil. 
Before using this procedure, ensure you exfoliate twice a week to allow the oil penetrate deeply into the skin. 


Garlic/onion paste can help get rid of age spots. Simply apply after exfoliating and allow to rest for 30-40 minutes. Then wash off with lemon grass/lime soap. 

Papaya juice contains active lightening ingredients and can be used to get rid of spots. Mash the pawpaw and apply on face. Leave on for 30-40 mins, then wash off. You can also mix it with lemon juice to get faster results. 

There are also alternative treatments if you don't want to go the natural way.  One way to get rid of them is through laser therapy, which  fades the spots by killing the melanin-producing cells in a safe way. It usually takes several sessions to work and you have to wait for few months for the spots to fade.

Another option is chemical peels, in which an acids such a glycolic, salicylic or  malic is applied to your skin to burn off the top layer. You may have irritation after, which is usually why I recommend that chemical peeling should be performed by a certified dermatologist. Trust me, it is better than doing it yourself or visiting a quacm. 

Another option is dermabrasion. This involves exfoliating the skin with an instrument to remove the outer layers of skin, usually on the face while new skin grows in its place.  

You can also use prescription creams such as retinol or hydroquinone (recommended by a doctor), which may help to fade the appearance of the spots over several months. 

Though these spots can seem worrisome when you look into the mirror, they are basically harmless So squash those worries, continue to have them checked out annually by a dermatologist to make sure they go away.

This story has been updated with additional information.

NOTE:Before using any of the above recipes, ensure you exfoliate at least twice a week, using a quality scrub (such as bentonite clay, activated charcoal),a soap(such as lemon grass soap or any product containing glycolic acid) and most importantly, a sunscreen with SPF 50 to protect the skin from sunrays.