There aren't a ton of home remedies out there for getting rid of age spots, but if you have lemons, yogurt, honey and buttermilk you might be able to whip something up. Aside from that, there are several over-the-counter creams that can be effective.
Hydroquinone is one of the most common over-the-counter products for getting rid of age spots. According to the Food and Drug Administration, it's the only bleaching agent that's designed and thought to be safe for use on skin -- and it's incredibly effective. It also happens to be quite controversial. The European Union has already banned hydroquinone on the basis that it might cause cancer in lab animals. Dermatologists, however, continue to stand by hydroquinone as a safe and useful product as long as it's used in lower concentrations. Other over-the-counter products that can help reduce the appearance of age spots include topical tretinoin and adapalene gel. Both products are commonly used to treat acne, but they've also shown signs of improving skin that's been aged by the sun.
If you're looking for a true home remedy to get rid of your age spots, there might be a few that can actually work. The first is lemon juice. It's acidic, and applying it to your age spots a couple times a day could help reduce their appearance. Similarly, buttermilk contains lactic acid, which can work in much the same way. Honey and yogurt combine to make another homemade bleach. Just mix a teaspoon of each and apply it to your age spots. Let it dry for half an hour and then rinse it off.
For more information about how to get rid of age spots, look over the links below.
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