Home remedy/natural removal of age spots
Household remedies against age spots are mostly bleaching agents which are supposed to lighten the affected skin area. The best home remedy against age spots is to prevent them. For this purpose, a sun cream with a high sun protection factor should be applied in summer and winter and strong sunlight such as midday sun should be avoided at all costs.
Even if age spots are already present, further exposure to sunlight should be avoided at all costs, otherwise the treatment may not be very successful. A very old household remedy against age spots is buttermilk, which is applied to the affected skin areas where it is supposed to take effect. The lactic acid it contains is supposed to bleach the age spots.
Citric acid contained in lemon juice has a similar effect and can be applied to the affected skin area several times a day. Aloe vera gel promotes skin renewal and the rejection of the uppermost, discoloured skin layers and can thus be used against age spots. A mixture of yoghurt and honey in equal parts is also said to have a lightening effect.
The paste can be left on the skin for about 30 minutes and then washed off. Another household remedy is vitamin E, which is effective as an antioxidant. It can be taken as an edible oil or in capsule form or applied to the skin directly after exposure to sunlight.
There is a wide range of creams available in both drugstores and pharmacies that are supposed to help against pigmentation spots. The price range extends from less than 10 Euro to the high two-digit and even three-digit range. The decisive factor is the active substance which is supposed to have a bleaching effect.
Thus, existing age spots are lightened and the development of new discolorations is prevented. One of these active ingredients is for example hydroquinone, which can also be prescribed by a doctor. Rucinol or kojic acid also have a similar effect.
However, with these creams some patience is required as the desired effect will only occur after a few weeks. Moreover, especially sensitive skin sometimes reacts irritated to the bleaching creams. It is important that the bleaching cream is only applied on the discoloured skin areas as otherwise the whole skin will lighten and an uneven result will be the consequence.
Age spot removal on the face
The skin on the face is often particularly sensitive. Regardless of the method used, the removal of age spots is always associated with irritation and stress for the skin. For this reason, you should always consult an experienced dermatologist for treatment.
On the one hand, this applies to laser treatment, if the intensity of the laser radiation is too high, the result can again become irregular. On the other hand, too high radiation can cause serious injuries to the skin, which only heal with scarring. The same applies to chemical peelings with fruit acid or trichloroacetic acid, where improper use can literally etch the skin, which can be associated with permanent skin damage.
The same danger exists with the incorrect application of cryotherapy or dermabrasion. With bleaching creams, care should be taken to apply them only to the darkly discoloured age spots and not to the entire face. Otherwise the whole face will bleach out by a few nuances, but as “healthy” skin also becomes lighter, the spots and unevenness will remain.
With household remedies such as buttermilk or citric acid there is not much that can be done wrong, but here the success is only achieved after a few weeks. Here too, the bleaching agents may cause irritation of the skin, in which case the treatment should be discontinued and a dermatologist consulted if necessary. In all methods of removing age spots, it is most important to avoid exposure to sunlight after the treatment. Depending on the type of treatment, it is necessary to avoid sunlight for several months, as with laser treatment, and to apply sunscreen with a high sun protection factor every day. The reason for this is that the uppermost skin layers irritated by the treatment have an increased tendency to pigment deposition due to sunlight.