How To Get Rid Of Brown Spots On Skin

When skin is exposed to the sun, it causes an increase in the production of cells known as melanocytes that increase melanin in the skin, thus turning the skin darker. These dark skin patches are known as brown spots, age spots, dark spots, sun spots and liver spots.

brown spots

Brown spots generally appear on exposed skin areas like the face, back, neck, chest, shoulders and hands. Some of the main causes of brown spots are sun exposure, aging, and genetics. Factors like stress, pregnancy, vitamin deficiencies, and weak liver functioning may also contribute to this problem.

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The spots are usually harmless, but many consider them unattractive. To lighten brown spots, you can try a few easy and natural home treatments.

how to get rid of brown spots on skin

Here are the top 10 ways to get rid of brown spots on your skin.

1. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice has bleaching properties that can help get rid of brown spots. Plus, it helps maintain soft, clear and beautiful skin.

brown spots home remedy

  • Simply apply fresh lemon juice directly on the affected area. Leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water. Repeat this remedy twice daily for about two months to notice positive results. If you have sensitive skin, dilute the lemon juice with water, rose water or honey.
  • Another option is to mix enough sugar in lemon juice to make a paste and use it as a scrub on your face, especially on your brown spots. Finally, rinse it off after 5 to 10 minutes. Do this a few times a week. You can also add some oilve oil in this recipe.

2. Buttermilk

Buttermilk contains lactic acid that helps exfoliate the skin to remove blemishes and brown spots without drying out your skin.

  • Apply buttermilk on your brown spots using a cotton ball. Leave it on for a few minutes before washing the area with water. If you have oily skin or acne, you can also add some lemon juice to the buttermilk.
  • Another option is to mix four teaspoons of buttermilk and two teaspoons of tomato juice together and then apply this mixture on the affected skin.

Repeat either of these remedies once or twice daily until you are satisfied with the results.

3. Castor Oil

Castor oil has strong healing properties and can be used effectively to get rid of brown spots or age spots. Along with castor oil, you can use vitamin E oil, coconut oil, olive oil or almond oil to remove brown spots.

  1. Use a cotton ball to apply castor oil on the affected area.
  2. Gently massage the area for a few minutes.
  3. Leave it on for a few hours and then wash it off.
  4. Do this once in the morning and once at night to help the brown spots fade and make your skin tone even.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an effective remedy for a number of skin problems including brown spots. It will help dry out and fade the spots faster.

  • Dilute some apple cider vinegar with an equal amount of water. You can also add some honey. Apply this solution on your brown spots and wash it off after a few minutes. Do this once daily for a few days or until you get positive results. You can use straight apple cider vinegar too, but it may sting.
  • Alternatively, mix one-half teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a few tablespoons of orange juice. Apply it on the affected area and leave it on until it dries completely before washing it off. Repeat once or twice daily for four to five weeks.

5. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has healing properties and aids skin regeneration. So, it is excellent for getting rid of brown spots, especially when caused by sun exposure.

  • Gently rub fresh aloe vera gel on the spots. Leave it on for about 30 minutes before washing the area with cold water. Repeat twice daily and within a month you should notice improvement.
  • If fresh aloe vera gel is not available, you can opt for aloe vera juice that you can readily buy from the market.

6. Sandalwood

Sandalwood is an anti-aging agent and an antiseptic that can helps reduce hyperpigmentation and get rid of brown spots.

  • You can make homemade pack with two tablespoons of sandalwood powder, two teaspoons of rose water, and one teaspoon each of glycerin and lemon juice. Apply this pack on the spots and allow it to dry naturally. Use cold water to wash it off. Repeat a few times a week until your brown spots disappear.
  • Another option is to add one tablespoon of orange juice, one teaspoon of lemon juice and the contents of two vitamin E capsules in two tablespoons of sandalwood powder. Mix it well and then apply it on your face. Leave it on for about half an hour before washing it off. Do this a few times a week until you see improvement.
  • Also, massage the affected area with a few drops of sandalwood oil mixed in one tablespoon of olive oil or almond oil, daily before going to bed and leave it on overnight.




  1. i have many brown spots in my face which is growing day by day and looking ugly,plz help me to remove it give some home remedies to remove it

    • I have many brown spots in my face for quite some time. Kindly suggest a remedy how to remove the same.

    • hi i saor well read ehat you said and believe me ive been through that ugly spots brfore…. i had them all ove my chest and neck they were dry looking made me look like i ddnt shower…….which i do btw….. and well my main cause of the spots was lack of physical activities and mainly STRESS!!!!!!!! i really hateed those spots so i started getting involved in alot of physicalactivities…. and alot of parties …. yes parties …… it helps your mind take away all that stress and well yeah balnce meal and distracted mind from ny sort of problem or bad news….. hope it workd it did for me …… goood luck…

    • since two months there have emerge numerous dark spots and red pimple on my face pls do tell me ant remedies which i can cure with 2 months or give me some tips which i can do it on regular use at night hours

    • Lemon juice darling:3 just apply the juice on ur skin n let it sit for 10 mins wash off and pat dry. Also use cocoa butter or oil, it has amaxing benifits, it is packed full of Vitamin E:) also for ur day use use a tinted moisturizer with SPF, a great one is Lumene Finland BB Cream itll help believe me. I hoped this helped if you have anymore questions email me

    • aakansha first u use lemon juice for15 min and then wash your fash 2nd step is u use can mix the lemon juice and milk and use it

    • Plz be calm and don’t watch your again n again into mirror
      1)try retin-A cream it is best way to get rid of black spot u won’t believed that I was applying every thing that was written in this site but it doesn’t work. I was very disappointing lookin at my face.but. after applying retin-A it just works my spots start s lightning and after 1Monts it was amazing no spots n it help me to fade my spots thanks to retain -A
      2)try. Vitamin C tablets celin it also help to heal . Dark spots n grows new skin
      3)try. Lemon it is a bleaching agent.cut the lemon. N apply. Directly on spots it also fades dark spots
      4) try. All this inshallha your spots will clear soon it really help for me.

  2. Actually it really worked I am very happy with my skin now and have no problem at all I only used the lemon and lemon juice it really worked and after 1 month I got a greate resut thanks for guiding me!

  3. I bought skin whitener ( very expensive and its rated no 1 ) and at first I was doing very well and was so happy to see that my pigmentation was lightener but off a sudden it went darker more that it was before I start the treatment and im so so sad.
    Before I started the treatment I used aloe vera fresh from plant so thank you to remind me about it and I am going to start using it from today.I had always used no 50 sunscreen and I don’t know what went wrong.
    Best regards

  4. you feel the skin so soft

  5. I used the lemon juice and it really worked, my daughter had black marks from mosquito bites and they cleared up within days

  6. I’m getting married in a few months time,I really need the spots on my legs to go away,I have tried every cream I was told,bt I will try and use the lemon juicy.I really really hope it will work for me…thanks

  7. I have the blackspot all over my neck but I’ll try the lemon juice I pray it works

  8. I have very dark spots on my hands. I’m gonna use the lemon thanks for the advice.

  9. Hi All,

    I have some ugly brown patches on my both cheeks. I make paste; 1/4 tea spoon of Besan flour (chick pea flour) and 1/2 tea spoon of plain yogurt. apply on my whole face, massage real good specially on dark spots with fingers. Leave it for about 5 minute, the massage again and wash it off (at first leave it on only minute and then increase time, since besan flour is very acidic it may irritate your skin) It will help some. When I go on trip I use Besan flour (chick pea flour) and lemon juice. I got on this web site to see what other people are using. It made me feel so good that my home remedy is used by others. I tried expensive bleaching cream and didn’t see any better result. I use it at night time. Good Luck

  10. dellavern gittens July 7, 2013, 8:52 pm

    i have been using lime directly on my brown spots on my legs because i can’t get the lemon, and it’s working just the same i am seeing results with the marks fading in just two weeks so far it’s going good maybe you can try that too just cut the lime and pass it on

  11. using lime is very effective. i have had a lot of dark spots resulting from mosquito but i applied lime juice once every day and i have the improvement just within two weeks. u can also try cucumber juice, it is also effective

  12. Hi i have black spot on my face and am trying to use lemon juice and i pray its work thank for the idea.

  13. ive started to use lemon juice and now ive notice some changes and my complection too,thanks a lot…

  14. Very effective .

  15. Hw did u guyzz apply d lemon juice??…is it ovanyt or hw??

  16. About 5 yrs ago I was tan and started getting white spots on the backs of my hands.Went to the doctor and he said its like Michael Jackson its called vitiligo. Well in less then a year the white spots consumed my whole body. I lost all the pigment in my skin. Now I can’t go in the sun at all without getting red bumps and my skin tone is pale pink. To top that off now I get dark brown spots on my arms and legs. If I get a spot on one side it will come up in the exact same place on the other side of my arm or leg or face. Im use to the ugly brown spots but I hate being so darn white. I grew up in the sun on the beach. Help please

    • I have something very similar to you, but mine was diagnosed as tinea versicolor…but when I go out in the sun, huge brown and white blotches shown up all over me and many are identical on both sides of my body. Mine is caused by a fungal infection on my skin activated by too much yeast on my skin.had it for 6 years now… finally disappearing now that I take 3 antifungals – oil of oregano, cinnamon and garlic supplements….also rub my skin down with tub of oils (coconut, lavender, oregano oil and tea tree) after 2 weeks, all the spots have really faded and no new ones have popped up.

  17. How to cure pimples and dark spots for oil skin

  18. I had one small spot on my cheeks. I used a chemical called melalite. that peeled off my skin and left a dark big patch on my face. its been 5 years and its not gone yet although i used lots of lemon, yoghurt, honey and other remedies. Is laser the only possibility?
    Please write to me.

  19. Like the old saying goes, slow and steady wins the race. The Dr Max Powers Scar Serum actually works for dark spots. But you will not get overnight results. I have several dark spots from scars, acne spots, and simply having fun as a kid. I have always used palmers cocoa butter for my scars for years and thought id switch it up. I used it every day faithfully for 2 weeks before I saw a slight change. Another 2 weeks before I seen a more noticeable change. They are still there but less noticeable.
    All in all the product does work, shipping was fast

  20. i have brown spot from one month on my both cheek i want some easy home remedies. plz give me some tips. Thanks………….

  21. Also Aveneno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer works perfectly.

  22. Hi, i have this brown spot on my body for the past ten years now if am not mistaken which is gradually spreading. I have visited dermatologist on several occasion and they said its fungi infection. The dermatologist prescribed oral intraconazole and selenium sulphide which i used but no improvement and they are nt helping matters. The spot like little, little rashes that join together to form a large spot is on my neck, chest, back, arms and lapse. I have been using lemon juice for three weeks now but have not really seen any improvement. Any one with idea of what i can use?

  23. I think you can use caster oil. I got help from that.

  24. I have brown mark on my left chick near my nose and lip area. How can I lightning it . This spot color is darker than my normal face color . Plz tell me the treatment

  25. Apple cider vinegar works well for brown spots. I just use a cotton ball and put it on the spots without diluting it. If you drink water with 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar in it twice a day it is also suppose to help spots and also fade veins.

  26. apple cider vinegar is also good for weight loss, just drink 2 glasses of water with 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar and walk 3 times a week for only 30 minutes each time and you will lose weight and lots of veggies and fruits( you want to eat the fruits that end in BERRY) those fruits help to lose weight

  27. i used black ppr (8) nd honey mixture nd take it with empty stomuch in early morning nd aftr it till one hour i nevr take any thng like tea
    with in 8 days my one side of chik is clear…

  28. yip! these tip do work only if u stik to it it hlpd me alot

  29. Easier way is to use dilute concetrated lemon juice; mixed with honey and use a paper towel as face mask. The honey keeps the towel moist for half an hour that give the skin enough time to absorb the Vitamin C. Dark spot remover basically is vitamin C plus some acidic cream that help to penetrate the skin and it costs you $20+(50ml). Don’t mix lemon (acid) with milk (weak base). Also Vitamin D+E pill is cheap, dissolve it with hot water and put it on a wet paper, keep the towel moist for half an hour. A few drops of rubbing alcohol also helps to penetrate the skin.

  30. I just want to thank you for sharing this informative and wonderful article. I tried the lemon juice for my brown spots. It is getting lighter. I wish I had read this article earlier. It would have saved me a lot of money on expensive products that claim wonders but does not help at all. Thank you once again!

  31. thats very effective


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