12 Simple Ways To Get Rid Of Sunspots May 30, 2017

Are sunspots stopping you from stepping out into the sun? They can be really difficult to cover up, and if you are not a fan of makeup, these spots can easily ruin your look. Worry not. We bring to you multiple home remedies that can be used to get rid of sunspots.

Would you like to know more? Keep reading!

What Are Sunspots? What Causes Them?

Sunspots usually occur when your skin has been exposed to the harsh ultraviolet rays of the sun for long periods. They are also known as solar lentigines (1).

They don’t have a particular shape or color and can appear on any section of your body that is exposed to the sun. It could be your cheeks, nose, upper lip, ears, arms, hands, etc. Sometimes, they look scaly and sometimes, they are just flat.

[ Read: Simple Ways To Get Rid Of Freckles ]

Home remedies are, by far, the smartest and cheapest way to fight skin problems like sunspots. Remember those face packs and concoctions carefully selected by your mother? They really do work! Following are the ways in which you can get rid of sunspots with home remedies.

Home Remedies For Sunspots

  1. Lemon
  2. Castor Oil
  3. Aloe Vera
  4. Apple Cider Vinegar
  5. Green Tea
  6. Buttermilk
  7. Fuller’s Earth
  8. Besan (Gram Flour)
  9. Cucumber Pack
  10. Coconut Water
  11. Papaya Pulp
  12. Sandalwood

Get Rid Of Sunspots At Home With The Following Remedies

1. Lemon

1.-Lemon Pinit

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You Will Need
  • A lemon
  • Cotton ball
What You Have To Do
  1. Squeeze out fresh lemon juice and apply it on the affected area using the cotton ball.
  2. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Wash it off with cool water.
  4. Pat dry and apply a good moisturizer.
Alternate Method

Mix a tablespoon of sugar with a tablespoon of lemon juice. Use this as a scrub on the sunspots. After scrubbing for a minute or two, leave the mixture on for about 10 minutes. Rinse it off with water.

How Often You Should Do This

Use the simple lemon juice remedy every day. The lemon-sugar scrub can be used 2-3 times in a week.

Why This Works

Lemon contains bleaching properties that reduce the appearance of sunspots (2). It also helps you attain a flawless and radiant look.

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2. Castor Oil

2.-Castor-Oil Pinit

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You Will Need

A few drops of castor oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply the oil on the affected area and massage it in for a few minutes.
  2. Leave it on for at least an hour before rinsing it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once or twice daily.

Why This Works

Castor oil deeply nourishes your skin as it contains essential fatty acids. It is also known to lighten the spots and blemishes and give an even skin tone on regular usage (3, 4).

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3. Aloe Vera

3.-Aloe-Vera Pinit

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You Will Need

Fresh aloe vera gel or aloe juice

What You Have To Do
  1. Extract fresh gel from an aloe leaf and apply it on the affected area.
  2. Leave it on for half an hour and then wash it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this every day religiously.

Why This Works

Aloe vera contains natural healing agents that lighten dark spots and sun-damaged areas. It aids skin regeneration and improves skin quality (5).

[ Read: Home Remedies for Dark Spots on Face ]

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4. Apple Cider Vinegar

4.-Apple-Cider-Vinegar Pinit

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the ingredients and apply the mixture on the skin.
  2. Keep it on for at least 10 minutes and then wash it off.

Add some orange juice to this mix for better and faster results.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a day to maximize results.

Why This Works

Apple cider vinegar is a beneficial product for different skin problems, including sunspots. It has acids that exfoliate damaged and darkened skin cells and fade away scars, sunspots, and other blemishes (6).

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5. Green Tea

5.-Green-Tea Pinit

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You Will Need
  • A green tea bag
  • A cup of hot water
What You Have To Do
  1. Place the tea bag in the cup of water for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the tea bag, let it cool down, and then place it on the affected area. Alternatively, you can apply the green tea prepared once it has cooled down on your sunspots.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once or twice daily.

Why This Works

If you think green tea is just for boosting metabolism and fat loss, think twice. You will be surprised to know about the wonderful benefits green tea can provide when used topically on the skin. It is often known as a powerhouse of antioxidants that fight skin conditions like tanning and spots (7).

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6. Butter Milk

6.-Butter-Milk Pinit

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You Will Need
  • 1-2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • Cotton
What You Have To Do
  1. Simply dip a ball of cotton into a bowl of buttermilk and massage all over the affected area.
  2. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a day to reap the benefits.

Why This Works

It soothes the skin and exerts a bleaching effect on dark sunspots. It also acts as an astringent (8).

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7. Fuller’s Earth

7.-Fuller’s-Earth Pinit

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You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons Fuller’s earth
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  • Rose water
What You Have To Do
  1. Make a paste of medium consistency by adding enough rose water to the Fuller’s earth powder and aloe gel.
  2. Apply this on the affected area and let it sit for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Wash the pack off with cool water.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply this pack 2-3 times in a week.

Why This Works

Fuller’s earth, popularly known as multani mitti, is probably every Indian girl’s favorite beauty secret. It works like magic. Even though it is commonly used for brightening your skin, it can also help you get rid of sunspots. It improves blood circulation to the skin’s surface, unclogs pores, and removes the dull layer of skin cells that is ruining your complexion (9). This, in turn, lightens the sunspots.

[ Read: How To Protect Skin From Sun Damage? ]

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8. Besan (Gram Flour)

8.-Besan-(Gram-Flour) Pinit

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You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons besan
  • A pinch of turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon milk
What You Have To Do
  1. Make a paste by mixing all the ingredients.
  2. Apply this pack and keep it on for 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off with cool water.

If you are allergic to dairy, use rose water instead of milk.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this 2-3 times in a week.

Why This Works

Popularly known as gram flour in English, besan is not just another ingredient in your kitchen. It is often used to brighten the complexion and even out the skin tone. It exfoliates the skin and reduces dark spots and sunspots (10).

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9. Cucumber Pack

9.-Cucumber-Pack Pinit

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You Will Need
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon sour curd (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Mash the cucumber and mix it with the curd.
  2. Apply to the affected area and wait for a couple of minutes.
  3. Scrub it off. Rinse with cold water.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once every day, and your sunspots will start fading by the end of the week.

Why This Works

A cucumber pack is a must if you have dry skin. It should also be a part of your diet because of its wonderful cooling properties. Cucumber makes you feel relaxed and refreshed. It also contains vitamin C that helps in the depigmentation of sunspots (11).

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10. Coconut Water

10.-Coconut-Water Pinit

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You Will Need

Fresh coconut water

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply this directly on the sunspots and let it dry.
  2. Wash it off with cool water.
How Often You Should Do This

This should be done 1-2 times every day.

Why This Works

The idea of sipping cold coconut water on a hot summer day sounds so refreshing. It replenishes your skin with essential nutrients and flushes toxins out of the system. Coconut water is equally effective when it comes to treating sunspots as it has bleaching properties (12).

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11. Papaya Pulp

11.-Papaya-Pulp Pinit

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You Will Need

2-3 cubes of ripe papaya

What You Have To Do
  1. Mash the papaya and apply the pulp on the affected area.
  2. Leave it on for 10-12 minutes.
  3. Wash the area using cool water.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply papaya pulp twice a week.

Why This Works

You can try papaya pulp to get rid of sunspots if you have the fruit available at home. It contains enzymes, such as papain, which exfoliate the skin and make it lighter and brighter. Age spots, sunspots, pigmentation, scars, etc. will reduce to a great extent (13).

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12. Sandalwood

12.-Sandalwood Pinit

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You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons sandalwood powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Rose water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix some rose water with the sandalwood powder and lemon juice to get a face pack consistency.
  2. Apply this all over the sunspots and let it dry for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off with water.

Another way to use sandalwood for sunspots is to blend sandalwood oil and olive oil mixed in 1:2 proportion and apply it every night on the sunspots.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this pack twice a week.

Why This Works

Sandalwood is best known for its anti-aging properties. It reduces dullness of the skin and eliminates hyperpigmentation.

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The different ingredients that can remove your sunspots and the method to use them have been explained in detail above. These are definitely safer options and give effective results. Here are some more tips to keep in mind to avoid sunspots.

Other Tips For Sun Spots

A. Try Chemical Peel Or Anti-Tan Facials

A good anti-tan facial can help you fight sun spots and pigmentation. Chemical peel facials are beneficial too. They can be done with the help of a professional or experienced dermatologist. The only side effect is that this process leaves your skin red for a couple of days. If you can handle that, go for it.

B. Stay Away From The Sun

Try not to step out in the sun too much if you are already tanned. Even if you are, it is best to carry an umbrella. Also, remember to wear loose-fitting clothes. Don’t go for dark or bright colors. The simpler your clothing, the better it is for your skin. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. If you are at the beach, don’t forget your sun hat.

C. Use Sunscreen

A sunscreen is a must for all summer months. If you don’t have one already, it’s high time you purchased one. Sunscreens protect your skin from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun and control signs of aging. Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or above. If you are residing in India, an SPF of 40 is recommended.

These remedies and tips can help make your skin spot-free and flawless. You can also include some of these remedies, like the sandalwood face pack and Fuller’s earth face pack, in your weekly skin care routine to keep your skin looking flawless even after the sunspots have faded away.

Have you had sunspots on skin before? How did you tackle the problem? Share your beauty secrets with us in the comment box below.

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