Age spots are pigment disorders in the skin caused by sunlight. The pigment melanin is found in the upper layers of the skin. If the skin is exposed to the sun’s rays, the melanin content increases, and the skin becomes browner. The pigment’s job is to block the UV rays of sunlight. It prevents the radiation from damaging the cells.
How to control them? Check out these home remedies!
Garlic with Parsley
The essential oils in garlic are said to lighten the skin and thus remove age spots. Here’s how you do it:
- Boil about 250 milliliters of water and pour it over several parsley sprigs.
- Let everything steep for a quarter of an hour.
- Remove the branches once the brew is cold.
- Halve a clove of garlic.
- Rub the cut surface into the spots several times a day.
- Then dab on the parsley broth and let it soak in.
The effect of this home remedy has not been scientifically proven. However, parsley contains vitamin C, which studies have shown to break down pigments.
Dandelion Leaves in Castor Oil
Another recipe is an oil extract of dandelion leaves in castor oil.
You can get castor oil at the pharmacy, and you will also need two large dandelion leaves. Be careful not to plow dandelions from meadows that have just been fertilized or treated with pesticides.
- Chop the leaves and place them in a small saucepan with two tablespoons of castor oil.
- Fill a larger pot with water a few inches high. Now put the smaller pool inside. The inner container should not touch the water.
- Heat the dandelion and castor oil mixture in a water bath for ten minutes.
- Remove the pot from the water bath and place it in a dark place. Leave the mixture there for another three hours.
- Then you sieve the dandelion leaves out of the oil.
- Now you can treat the skin with the oil.
Researchers confirmed that dandelion leaves could protect the skin from damage caused by UVB radiation. However, the study does not address whether the leaves can remove age spots.
Apple Cider Vinegar
The fruit acids in apple cider vinegar remove the top layers of skin and act like a natural peeling. However, it has not been scientifically proven whether they also lighten the skin.
Dab some apple cider vinegar on the skin patches daily and let it soak in thoroughly. You use apple cider vinegar in the same way described above for citrus oil.
Note: You should treat the skin with the home remedies mentioned above every day – preferably several times daily. You also must be patient: You can only expect the first successes after a good month. If the skin becomes irritated by one of the home remedies, you should stop the treatment and talk to your dermatologist.