Age spots, also known as liver spots or solar lentigo, occur when excess pigment accumulates in the skin, usually due to long-term exposure to sunlight and other ultraviolet light. Age spots are considered harmless and require no medical treatment, though doctors sometimes prescribe medication to lighten the spots. Natural remedies including lemon juice and yogurt may also benefit those with age spots. Lemon juice acts as an alpha-hydroxy agent and mild bleach, while yogurt contains lactic acid that can lighten the skin. Used together in various ways, these substances may reduce the appearance of age spots over time.
Get rid of age spots using lemon juice and yogurt by simply rubbing them into the affected area once per day. Apply the lemon juice to your age spots first and allow it to dry completely.
Apply pure, whole yogurt to your age spots once the lemon juice has dried. Dab it on lightly, just enough to cover the spots without sliding off your skin.
Allow the yogurt to remain for at least 10 minutes before rinsing with cool water. Repeat daily and you should notice results in a few weeks.
Make a honey, lemon juice and yogurt age spot treatment with simple ingredients. Combine 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice and 3 tbsp. fresh lime juice together in a small mixing bowl.
Add 2 tbsp. honey and 2 tbsp. plain, whole yogurt to the juice mixture and stir to combine. You should be left with a thick, creamy consistency.
Gently massage the mixture into your age spots and allow it to remain for at least 10 to 15 minutes, or until dry. For the best results, do not rinse. In her book “The World's Best Kept Beauty Secrets,” Diane Irons recommends performing this treatment at least once per week until you achieve the desired results.
Twice Weekly Solution
Create your own lemon and yogurt age spot lightening cream by blending 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice, a small peeled potato, ½ small cucumber and 1 tbsp. yogurt on high speed until smooth in a blender or food processor.
Press the puree through a fine-mesh strainer to remove lumps if necessary, then apply the mixture directly to your age spots and cover with a hot towel.
Leave the mixture on for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing clean with cool water. Stephanie L. Tourles, author of “Herbal Remedies for a Lifetime of Healthy Skin,” recommends using this age spot treatment twice weekly for the best results.
- Intellihealth: Age Spots (Liver Spots, Solar Lentigo)
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Liver Spots
- “The World's Best Kept Beauty Secrets”; Diane Irons; 2005
- “Herbal Remedies for a Lifetime of Healthy Skin”; Stephanie L. Tourles; 1999