How to Get Rid of Age Spots

Three Parts:Relying on a Medical Professional to Treat Age SpotsUsing Alternative MethodsDetermining Proper Treatment and Caring for Your Skin

Age spots are flat, tan, brown, or dark brown lesions on the skin. They increase with age and with increased sun exposure. Fundamentally, they are something many people naturally develop as they get older. However, even though they’re natural, many people think they’re unsightly and want to get rid of them. While getting rid of age spots is not impossible, it is difficult and potentially expensive. But don’t worry. With proper treatment and know-how they can be removed or lightened.

Part 1
Relying on a Medical Professional to Treat Age Spots

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    Use medicated creams or ointments. Depending on specific factors, your doctor might prescribe medicated creams or ointments to help remove your age spots. Many of these creams will bleach your skin and lighten the color of the age spots until they match better with the rest of your skin. Medicated creams sometimes also contain a steroid that will temper the effect of the bleaching compound.
    • If you are prescribed medical bleaching cream, you will probably also be advised to use sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher at the same time.
    • Medicated creams can have a number of side effects, including itching, redness, and dry skin.
    • Medicated ointments might not be able to completely match the bleached age spots with your skin. Your skin could appear bleached and blotchy. [1]
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    Depend on laser therapy. Another course of action your doctor might recommend is that you rely on laser therapy to remove or lighten age spots. Laser therapy will destroy the cells that darken your skin without damaging your overall skin. However, when thinking about laser therapy, consider:
    • Laser therapy usually requires several treatments to be effective.
    • Laser therapy can be much more expensive than other treatments.
    • Results won’t be immediate and will take weeks or months to show.
    • Laser therapy can also produce a discolored appearance in your skin.[2]
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    Use cryotherapy. Cryotherapy is the process in which age spots are frozen using liquid nitrogen and other chemicals. The result of cryotherapy is that the pigment of age spots are destroyed. In the end, the skin will heal and will better resemble the skin color surrounding the spot in question.
    • Cryotherapy is often done one time on a single area.
    • Results from cryotherapy can take several weeks to materialize.
    • Cryotherapy is often more expensive than medicated creams and cheaper than laser therapy.
    • Cryotherapy will temporarily irritate your skin.
    • Like with medicated creams and laser therapy, cryotherapy can cause scarring and permanent discoloration.[3]
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    Look toward dermabrasion. Dermabrasion is another procedure that your doctor or dermatologist will consider. In a dermabrasion procedure, your doctor will essentially sand down the top layer of your skin. This often removes the darker skin and allows the opportunity for new and lighter skin to grow back in its place.
    • Dermabrasion may cause you pain and may be uncomfortable.
    • Dermabrasion will create temporary redness and scabbing.
    • Results will take several weeks, until new and healthy skin has regrown.[4]

Part 2
Using Alternative Methods

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    Use onion and vinegar. Some people have had good results using onion and vinegar to remove age spots. Take 1 tsp of onion juice and 2 tsp of vinegar and mix them together. When doing this, make sure that they are mixed very well. Take a whisk or a spoon and whip and beat the mixture thoroughly for 1 to 3 minutes.
    • Make sure your vinegar and onion juice are mixed well.
    • Dampen a soft cloth with the mixture.
    • Wipe the dampened cloth over your age spots.
    • Repeat this every day until you notice a difference.
    • Try an alternative way for using this method by cutting an onion in half and dipping the cut side into a small dish of vinegar to soak up the liquid. Then rub the half onion on the spots.[5]
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    Try a glycolic and lactic acid peel. People have also reported good results doing an acid peel. An acid peel can be purchased at your local pharmacy and will work like some of the methods prescribed by doctors. It will help deaden cells that create darker pigments and/or burn off discolored or darker skin. When you first start, apply the glycolic acid to a test area for 1 minute and then rinse off. Wait 24 hours, and if no you have no problems, you can apply the peel. Apply the peel once a week at first. Watch for the results. Before you decide how to do your acid peel, consider what you want.
    • Glycolic acid is best for evening tone and stimulating new collagen growth under the epidermal layer.
    • Lactic acid is slightly better at helping to fade pigmentation.
    • By getting the combination in a commercially prepared peel, you can get both in one treatment. Ask at your local pharmacist for the preparation.[6]
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    Use aloe vera. Aloe vera is renowned for its curative properties and the wonder it does helping skin heal. As a result, many people have seen great results treating age spots with aloe vera.
    • Apply a light coat of aloe to age spots two times a day.
    • Results should take several weeks to more than a month.
    • Avoid contact with your eyes.[7]
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    Apply a turmeric face mask. Turmeric is viewed in many parts of the world as a spice that has very helpful curative properties. In this vein, many people also use turmeric to help fight age spots. To use turmeric to fight age spots and to make a face mask:
    • Mix ¼ teaspoon of turmeric and 3 tablespoons of chickpea flour. Add ½ teaspoon of carrier oil, ½ teaspoon of whole milk and a squirt of lemon juice and/or cucumber juice.
    • Produce a paste and apply to your face.
    • Let sit for 10-20 minutes or until dry.
    • Remove with warm water and repeat up to twice a week.[8]

Part 3
Determining Proper Treatment and Caring for Your Skin

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    Care for your skin. In most cases, age spots are caused by sun damage, general health problems, or environmental issues. Even if you already have age spots, you need to take immediate action to prevent more and to care for your skin. Ultimately, try not to view treatment for age spots as an end in itself – your end should be good skin and overall health. Consider:
    • Always wearing some sort of skin protection (in the form of sunscreen) when you are outdoors. Sunscreen will help reduce the probability of future age spots and/or skin cancer.
    • Try to cover up when you are outdoors. Even if you’re not in direct sunlight, sun can still damage your skin. Make sure to wear a hat and other clothing when you can outside.
    • Embrace proper nutrition. Poor nutrition can cause poor skin health or heighten the dangers of sun damage. Make sure you have enough of the proper vitamins and nutrition you need to ensure skin health. See your doctor for more information.
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    Determine if you have age spots. Before you even consider treating your age spots, you need to consider if you actually have age spots or if they are something potentially more dangerous. There are a variety of skin issues that are associated with old age or poor health and they all require different treatment. Consider:
    • Age spots. Age spots are darkened areas on the skin caused by exposure to the sun.
    • Skin lesions. Skin lesions are rashes and similar problems with the skin caused by allergies to certain chemicals and/or poor nutrition.
    • Melanoma or squamous cell carcinoma. These types of cancers are also linked to sun damage. They may look a lot like age spots and you should consult a doctor if you see the appearance of new dark skin or any other skin problems.[9][10]
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    Talk to your doctor or dermatologist. Age spots are fairly common. As a result, the medical profession has developed a number of treatments that are effective in removing them. Before you do anything else, you should contact your doctor or dermatologist and let them know about your concerns. Depending on a variety of factors, your doctor will determine what treatment is the best course of action for you. Factors may depend on:
    • Your age.
    • Your overall health.
    • Your financial situation.
    • The level of health risk you are willing to put yourself though.[11]


  • Combine all treatments with wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen and avoiding the sun as much as possible (with hats, long sleeves, etc.).

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