We all have brown spots, otherwise known as age spots, somewhere on our skin. Whether it’s on your face, legs, arms, shoulders, or hands, you’ll be able to find brown spots somewhere on your body. As we age, these brown spots tend to multiply, hence why they’re also referred to as age spots – these large, brown splotches are an obvious sign of aging.
If you don’t like the look of these age spots and you’re looking to get rid of them, we have good news for you. There is a way to remove brown age spots from your skin, and it’s an extremely easy trick that only requires two ingredients to make! You probably have them in your kitchen right now.
But where do brown spots come from? Is there a way to stop them before you even have to resort to this two-ingredient solution?
Absolutely. This article will give you the answer.
What causes brown spots?
Drew explains in a YouTube video that age (or sun) spots are caused by ultraviolet rays from the sun. When your skin is exposed to ultraviolet rays, the body produces melanin as a way to tan the skin, effectively building up an armor to protect the deeper layers of skin. This is why age spots typically appear on the arms, neck, shoulders, face, and other areas of the body that are most often exposed to the sun.
While sun spots are not ordinarily dangerous, if you notice some are much darker than others, have been growing quickly, or have oddly shaped borders, you should visit a doctor. If they are red, tender, or bleeding, you should see a doctor immediately.
What to do about them?
Even if your age spots are harmless, you may be tired of looking at them. Luckily, Drew explains in the following video, there is a method for removing them! The method, which was developed by Doug Willen, D.C., a NYC nutrition expert and author of Quantum Paleo, uses just two simple ingredients: onion and apple cider vinegar.
To make the homemade solution, dice fresh onion and put the pieces in a plastic bag. Then, using some sort of heavy object, crush the onions to extract their juices. Pour the onion with 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar into a blender and blend until well-mixed.
Next, dip a cotton ball or cloth into the mixture and apply the solution directly to the age spots. For best results, Drew recommends doing this once a day. After 2 to 4 weeks, you should see improvement.
“This remedy might not be an overnight fix, but it’s extremely effective,” says Drew.
He explains the solution works because onions have an antioxidant property that neutralizes free radicals and encourages healing on the outer layer of the skin, while the alpha-hydroxy acid in apple cider vinegar works to remove the layer of dead skin, where most age spots actually reside.
Can you prevent them?
Yes and no! Unless we confine ourselves to our homes forever (which we do not suggest…at all), we are going to be exposed to the sun one way or another.
The best thing to do to avoid rampant, large, or dangerous age spots is to be aware of how much time we spend outside. Cover up with long-sleeved shirts and long pants whenever possible and ALWAYS, ALWAYS wear sunscreen.
Also, stay away from strong UV lights, like in tanning beds. These beds, while they give you the tan you crave, are nothing but severely harmful to your skin.
And, as always, if you have any concerning age spots, make sure to bring them to your doctor right away. Stay protected and stay smart about your brown spots!
References: tiphero.com, home.remedydaily.com