Age spots (also known as liver spots), are small, highly pigmented areas on the skin, and they are usually seen on face, hands, shoulders and arms – anywhere on the body that is often exposed to the sun.

The spots become common in people over the age of 40, but they can also be caused by overexposure to UV rays or by genetics. They can be unsightly, but are usually harmless and don’t need treatment.

The remedies for age spots include lasers, chemical peels, dermabrasion, freezing and medication. The natural treatments you can do at home include lemon juice, yogurt, aloe vera juice and papaya.

Here’s some of the best home remedies for combating age spots:

1. Lemon Juice and Yogurt

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Lemon juice and yogurt help to lighten age spots because they act as bleaching agents, and the citric acid and antioxidants in lemon also help to fade pigmentation.

2. Castor Oil

If your age spots feel rough in texture, apply castor oil to them twice a day for a few months. This should help them to smooth out and improve their appearance.

3. Onion and Apple Cider Vinegar

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Onions are a good treatment for age spots. Blend up an onion and drain the liquid off into a bowl. Mix an equal amount of apple cider vinegar to the liquid and mix. Apply to the age spots using a swab or cotton wool ball.

4. Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe vera is an effective method for treating various skin issues, such as burns and scars. Use gel or juice from aloe vera to rub directly onto the affected areas.

5. Horseradish

Mix some horseradish in a bowl of milk and leave for 20-30 minutes. Apply the mixture to your age spots, and you should see an improvement.

6. Olive Oil and Vinegar

A mixture of olive oil and vinegar can help to improve the appearance of age spots. You should wash this mixture off within 30 minutes of application.

7. Papaya

Rub some papaya pulp directly on the spots, and wash off after 15-20 minutes. Use daily for best results.

8. Orange Juice and Apple Cider Vinegar

2-3 spoons of orange juice can be mixed in half a spoon of apple cider vinegar and applied to the age spots. Do this daily for around a month, and you should see results.

9. Buttermilk and Tomato

The acids in both buttermilk and tomatoes are very effective at reducing age spots, as well as being a good skin cleanser.

10. Watermelon

Rub the rind of a watermelon over the age spots, and the antioxidants it contains should help improve the look of them.

11. Garlic

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Garlic paste has been observed as an effective treatment for age spots.

12. Cucumber Juice

Cucumber possesses bleaching properties, which help to improve the appearance of age spots.

13. Dandelion

The stems of dandelions have been used to treat a number of skin problems, and consuming some every day should help reduce the appearance of age spots.

14. Radish, Vinegar, Lime Juice and Rosemary Oil

Applying this mixture to the skin not only cleanses it, but helps to brighten the appearance.

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15. Rose Water and Sandal Powder

Create a paste of these two ingredients and apply to the affected areas. Leave to dry, then wash clean with fresh water.