How to Eliminate Brown Spots on Skin Naturally

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

Age spots, sometimes called liver spots, are flat brown-ish colored spots on the skin. These spots can vary in size and usually begin to form on areas which are exposed to the sun most often such as the face, arms, hands and shoulders. We know age spots can be unsightly, embarrassing and difficult to hide however they are nothing to be ashamed of. The spots are very common in those aged over 50, however younger individuals can be susceptible to them too as a result of prolonged sun exposure. These brown spots found on the skin are harmless (unless growing in size, changing in colour or is painful/ itchy) and can be lightened with various natural remedies at home. So, if you’re a sufferer from these annoying, embarrassing age/ brown spots read on to discover our natural ways to eliminate those pesky brown spots on the skin easily and naturally.


Who of us is more likely to develop age spots?

  • Age spots typically occur in fairer skinned people.
  • Those who suffer daily exposure to the sun.
  • Individuals who regularly use tanning beds.
  • People who do not wear sunscreen when going out into the sun.
  • Those who have a strong history of suffering from sunburn.

Why do age spots develop?

Brown age spots are a result many years of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light due to the sun’s rays. Using commercial tanning beds can also contribute to the development of liver spots. The upper layer of the skin, called the epidermis, contains a pigment called melanin which gives the skin colour. UV light accelerates the production of melanin which causes the skin to darken in colour, protecting the deeper layers of skin from potentially harmful rays. On areas of the skin that are frequently, over the course of many years, exposed to this process age spots appear due to the melanin becoming ‘clustered’ or is produced in particularly high concentrations.

There are different types of age spots?

  • Cherry hemangiomas: Small red dots on the skin that are usually smaller than a pencil eraser, caused by an overgrowth of the body’s blood vessels in the skin. Cherry hemangiomas are harmless, benign and not connected to any type of skin cancer.
  • Lentigines: These spots are the most common and those that we are mainly addressing in this article. Lentigines are flat on the skin, tan to dark brown spots that range from the size of a pencil eraser to the size of a dime, although can be both bigger and smaller than this average size range. These type of age spots are found on areas of the skin which have been frequently exposed to the sun and UV rays.
  • Seborrheic keratoses: These types of ‘age spots’ can be flat or raised from the skin and in a variety of shades ranging from pale, to dark brown to black. Often these types of skin abnormalities are scaly or wart-like, even though they are not warts.   Individuals that suffer from these types of spots may have members of their family who also suffer from these types of age spots, and are also linked to skin tags as well as other harmless skin growths.

When should I be worried about a particular age spot?

You should be worried if a particular spot on the skin begins displaying any of these signs:

  • If the spot is noticeably asymmetrical, typically being largely bigger on one side.
  • Look at the border of the age spot. If it is irregular this may be a cause for concern.
  • The colour of the growth is also important for being able to tell whether or not it is benign. If there is more than one colour in the age spot this may be an indicator to be suspicious.
  • If the particular spot is itchy, painful, bleeding or giving off a burning sensation this is also a cause to worry and should be checked out immediately.

If you think any one of your age spots is a cause for worry visit your local healthcare provider straight away for further help and advice on the matter. Do not ignore the situation and do not carry on to treat the certain skin abnormality with any of our natural remedies, this will not help cure a spot that is malignant.

So now you know what brown spots on the skin can be and whether or not you have a cause to be worried about yours -hopefully not! We can now move on to our natural ways of eliminating these unsightly harmless blemishes on the skin.

Our natural ways to eliminate brown spots on the skin.

Lemon Juice applications

Lemon juice has great light  bleaching properties when used on the skin regularly, which can help to get rid of your age spots by lightening them and eventually causing them to fade beyond visibility. Furthermore lemon juice can also help to maintain soft, clear and beautiful skin so even if it doesn’t reduce your age spots you’ll look great after!

Apply fresh lemon juice onto the affected area and leave on for around 30 minutes to an hour before rinsing it off with warm water. Repeat this remedy twice a day for around 2 to 3 months to begin noticing effects. This is a long-term treatment and will not be noticeable after just one or two days and therefore needs to be stuck at. Results WILL appear if you carry on the treatment for long enough -trust us!

For those with sensitive skin try mixing a small amount of honey or olive oil (around one or two teaspoons) with the lemon juice for a less harsher effect on the skin -however this may prolong fading/ eliminating results further.

Use a chickpea paste

Cook ½ cup of chickpeas by boiling them in water until soft. Remove from the heat and cool the chickpeas, mashing once cool to make a paste. Rub this paste onto your brown spots, allow to dry and then rinse off with cold water to increase blood flow to the area.

Buttermilk nourishing applications

Buttermilk contains lactic acid which nourishes the skin, which exfoliating to remove blemishes and reduce the prominence of brown spots on the skin.

Simply apply buttermilk on to your age spots with a cotton ball and leave in place for around 10 to 15 minutes for best results. For oily skin you can also add a small amount of lemon juice to the mixture to combat this and add another factor which will fight the visibility of the brown spots.

Repeat this remedy once or twice a day for as long as it takes for you to be satisfied with the results. Note: This natural remedy is also a long-term project for the skin, with results not clearly noticeable until after a few weeks of commitment to the procedure.

Castor Oil direct applications

Caster oil has many beneficial properties for the skin, meaning it can be used very effectively on treating brown spots on the skin. If you would rather use a different oil instead of castor oil it can be replaced or combined with Vitamin E oil, coconut oil, almond oil or olive oil.

Using a cotton ball or q-tip apply a generous amount onto the affected area and leave to allow the oil to work for around 20 minutes, or half an hour. The longer it is left on the better.

Before wiping away the oil gently massage it into the skin for a few minutes and then wash off with a damp, clean cloth.

For best results repeat this method once in the morning and once before going to bed. Using this oil regularly it should work to even the skin tones on the affected area, alongside reducing the brownness of those pesky age spots.

Apple Cider Vinegar direct applications

Apple cider vinegar when used on the skin can be an effective treatment for a number of problems, these do include brown age spots. The cider vinegar works by making these spots fade quickly and noticeably.

Dilute a small amount of apple cider vinegar with equal amounts of water. Apply this mixture onto your brown spots directly and leave for around 5 to 10 minutes.

Use this method for fading brown spots once per day for 2 weeks, or until you have achieved the desired results.

Note: You can use straight apple cider vinegar, however it may sting your skin and be unpleasant to wait through. If you do use apple cider vinegar straight only leave on your skin for a maximum of 5 minutes each time and once per day, as to avoid skin irritation and pain.

Alternatively to diluting the vinegar with water, you can mix it with orange juice and apply to the brown spots . Leaving until the mixture has completely dried before wiping off with a warm damp cloth.

Aloe vera is perfect for skin regeneration

Aloe Vera gel rubs

Aloe vera is perfect for skin regeneration and thus is great when using to get rid of any brown spots your skin may have. Aloe vera is also a great after sun remedy, helping to soothe the skin and minimize and damage the UV rays will be inflicting upon the skin.

Gently rub and massage fresh aloe vera gel onto the spots and leave. The aloe vera gel should work as a cream, if rubbed into the skin well enough, and will not need to be washed away. Apply the aloe vera twice daily onto the affected areas for best results.

Aloe vera gel can be readily obtained from an aloe vera plant, by simply breaking off a small portion of one of the plant’s leaves and squeezing onto the skin.

Pineapple juice application or a pineapple face/hand mask

Using a cotton swab apply the pineapple juice directly onto the brown spots, allowing to completely dry before wiping away with a warm damp cloth.

Alternatively you can create a pineapple face or hand mask by mashing up some pineapple slices with a tablespoon of honey and applying to your face or hands, concentrating on the brown spots in terms of coverage and amount of application. Leave this mask on for roughly 15 minutes and wash off with warm soapy warm.

Sandalwood skin packs

Sandalwood can be used as an anti-ageing agent as well as an antiseptic which can help to reduce hyperpigmentation, alongside getting rid of brown spots/ age spots. By applying a mixture of sandalwood powder and rose water to the skin you can create the perfect brown spot treatment.

Make a homemade pack by combining two tablespoons of horseradish powder, three teaspoons of rose water, and one teaspoon of lemon juice mixing the powder and liquids together until a paste is formed. Apply the paste onto the brown spots in question and allow to dry naturally, washing off with cold water and a clean cloth. Repeat this method once or twice per day for 2 weeks or until your brown spots have sufficiently disappeared.

Furthermore to this treatment you can combine a few drops of sandalwood oil and a drop of almond oil and massage into the area in concern before bed each night, leaving to work overnight and washing off in the morning with warm water and sensitive soap -try Dove Beauty Bars for sensitive, soft and supple skin.

Horseradish paste

This herb can be used to great avail for helping to remove or lighten age spots on the skin, thanks to it’s skin lightening properties and helping to even skin tones when used regularly.

Make a horseradish paste by blending the herb and combining with a small amount of almond or coconut oil. Apply this paste directly onto the brown spots and leave for around half an hour for best results, washing off with a warm damp cloth. Use this method once a day until the effects become relevant and you are happy with them.

Note: Bare in mind that, similarly to many of the other methods described on this article, this treatment may be a long-term one and it’s effects will not be obvious after just one or two uses.

Yoghurt has mild bleaching properties

Yoghurt masks

Yoghurt has mild bleaching properties which will help to fade the colour of the brown spots on the skin, whilst working as a fantastic way to keep the skin youthful and glowing.

Apply plain greek yoghurt directly onto the spots. Leave the yoghurt applied on the spots to dry for around 20 minutes before wiping off with a damp cold cloth. You can apply the yoghurt onto the spots before bed and leave on overnight, however you may wake up with some rather messy sheets so if possible wear gloves or some kind of garment to keep the yoghurt on the affected area, and away from the sheets. This way is great if your age spots are located on your hands.

Potato and Honey mixture

Take a medium sized potato (one of the white kind) and grate into a small bowl, adding enough honey to create some form of paste.

Apply this mixture directly onto your brown spots, leaving for around 15 minutes and washing off with cool water.

Papaya gratings

Enzymes found in papaya can help to drastically reduce the appearance of age spots, whilst simultaneously treating skin problems such as acne and dry skin. Furthermore the fruit should also aid in achieving a fresher and cleaner complexion if used on the face, evening the skin tone too.

Rub a tablespoon of freshly grated papaya onto your brown age spots. Leave the grated papaya in place for roughly 15 to 20 minutes, before washing the area with warm water.

Repeat this method as many times as you can daily (although no more than 5 is recommended) for as long as it takes to see any visible results -this could take up to 6 months, similar to most of the other treatments on the list.

Final thoughts.

We here at Balance Me Beautiful love hearing from our readers, so feel free to leave a comment below on which method(s) work best for you in eradicating your age spots! Alternatively, if you have a question, query or submission for a future article topic feel free to visit our Contact Page to submit them and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

So hopefully after reading our specially formulated article, created just for our valued readers, you’ll now have some idea on how to treat your unwanted age spots. From buttermilk to using horseradish our strange but natural ways should provide the exact results you’re looking for. Personally I find lemon juice to be most effective in reducing the prominence of my freckles on my face and therefore strongly recommend use on others’ age spots. It took me around 2 months to see results so remember to stick at it -it’s worth it honestly!

Unfortunately, there is no quick fix for reducing the visibility and prominence of an age/ brown spot on the skin and it may take up to 6 months to see any drastic changes take place. By choosing one of these methods on this list you are committing to keep trying the treatment for a minimum of a month to see if it will have any effects on yourself. It is a lengthy process but is definitely worthwhile in the end once you have found the method that works for you!

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.