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How To Get Rid Of Brown Spots On Skin

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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.

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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.

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.

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109 thoughts on “How To Get Rid Of Brown Spots On Skin”

  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

        1. But thats not a practical solution to “just stop thinking about it”. If your not happy with your body then change it!. Improve yourself to make yourself happy!

        2. If it’s a disease then ” don’t stop thinking of it “, find Solutions to be cure. If it’s about your normal physical characteristics, color of skin, hair and whatsoever not contagious or causing you to die, then “BE CONTENTED” of how you are made. You are and We are all Unique.

      1. I have very large dark spots on my face for years. I try from home remedies to cosmetic products and still it here. My face also dry and my pore are large. Kindle suggest what I can used. Thank u

        1. Anybody that uses lemon on there skin! SHOULD NEVER DO IT DURING DE DAY! Lemon will stain your skin in day light and specially if you are out in the sun. But it’s great to bleach stain, so ONLY USE IT AT NIGHT!

      2. The above recommend aloevera works well for that purposes. Use it on daily basis at night time for optimum results. Taking a picture now and after a month can help you to notice the progress.

    1. 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…

      1. Dear Julio, Thank you for reminding us of the negative effects of daily stress. You have really sent us all a powerful reminder. As a clinical professional , I can share my insights into the relationship between medical problems and stress. After many years of practice as a speech pathologist I can share with you that many of my patients have acquired neurological problems as a result of stress, often without any negative history. Thank you . God Bless.

    2. 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

      1. u used the lemon juce and little bite of suger nd mix it nd apply on ur face nd leave it for 15 min does u continue for 1 week u luk ur vissible effect on ur skin

    3. 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 @jayypsy@gmail.com

    4. 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

    5. 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.

    6. There r many black spots on my face….it makes me ugly…..whenever I was in a bright area it shows the spots more bright on my face..it makes me so sad..here Today onwards I will try lemon treatment…..I hope it will lighten my black marks on my face……..

    7. Wash face with any kind of face wash pat dry .Rub lemon on all the spots leave it on for an hour then wash all the lemon juice of you face Pat dry then you are going to use vitamin E do this every night good for face and hands

    8. Every morning I wash my face with natural soap, then I use a wet cotton ball with 2 drops of castor oil and rub it lightly on my face. I leave in on. All my brown spots, acne and scars are gone.

    9. Rub a fresh lemon juce on yoyr face three times daily for two months you. Will get beautiful and stunning skin and leave the stress completely

  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!

    1. mam u sure dat dis lemon juice will work??
      i thnk even i have very light brown spots on my left cheek n m vry much worried bt after readin ur post it gave me some sort f relief……
      just mail me d ways of applyin it….

      1. Pls help me ivegot dark sports on my legs i have tried lots of things pls tel me how to use de lemon im already bought it

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

    1. Organic coconut oil & lemon juice helps my skin. I am on the darker side, however my age spots were clear & very noticeable. Within 2 weeks I started to see them fading & after a mth they are barley there… Coconut oil has amazing affects on skin.. Hope I could help..

    2. I have brown spots on my arms and legs from insect bites and I have been looking for a remedy for years. I’ve tried scar creams, vitamin E oil, camphor oil, taking vitamin supplements, and even tattoo removal creams. Nothing has worked. Then I saw on TV an anti-aging cream designed to remove dark circles, and I noticed it was vitamin C based. I am going to try this rubbing lemon juice on my legs and I really hope it works. I am way too old to have mosquito scars. It looks like I have a skin disease or lesions from something way more serious than bug bite spots.
      Thanks for the encouraging posts! I will update with my progress.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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 white. I grew up in the sun on the beach. Help please

    1. 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.

      1. This might sound weird, but when you get that fungal breakout, put the Head and Shoulders shampoo in the dark blue bottle on it. Leave it on for 20 minutes or so every day, and use that shampoo as a body wash. Totally works!

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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?

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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…

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. I know lemon juice and aloe vera works but it entails u use it non stop.the moment u stop using aloe vera on ur face u wll start havx burns

  20. Thanks alot for the knowledge of using lemon on black spots…… Ae have some black spots on my face and legs which really irritate me…… So ae will have to try that lemon the…. and ae really hope that it worksl

  21. Thanks everyone for the comment, I assume the lime or lemon juice works the best. I’ve started to notice the brown spots on both my chicks and I started to feel down but I’ll try the lemon juice n see what it does.

  22. 1 tsp of besan or chickpea flour, 1 tsp of lemon juice, i tsp of cucumber juice,1tsp of tomato pulp,1 tsp of potato juice and 1 tsp of neem leaves powder.Mix everything very well and apply it on the brown spots 2 to 3 times on face for 2 months…..you can notice no marks after few days of application of this mask…


  24. I also have notice broen spots on my cheeks, so I will also try the lemon juice. I’m white complexion but this spots are horrible.

  25. Can you use any kind of vinegar? I’ve been using distilled white vinegar as it is all I have. I think there is improvement.

  26. Tx a million to all for suggestions. My body is covered with brown spots. I’m going to try the lemon juice & coconut oil. BTW: I tried tsp of coconut oil in mouth to whiten teeth. Works! Nothing else did and I tried it all. Hold in mouth 10-15 mins (I swish mine around & suck/push between teeth) & then spit out. You can rinse with warm water afterwards. Now: Anybody know how to get rid of WHITE spots? They came out like all at once while sun bathing. Like the tan part separated into patches and I was left with white dots all over. Derm. Dr. says my cells reproduce too fast and new ones attach to old ones (on top of them) before old ones fall off. They are raised higher than rest of skin and can be scratched off (not completely) somewhat. When dry, looks like flour or dry cement. I’ve picked & picked but there’s millions of them! and they come back after I scratch them flat. Dr. says inherited, not dangerous or catching; just ugly. I use cream every day over entire skin but even so, in bed, the spots/cells dry and fall off (especially since I toss & turn a lot) and then they seems to curl up and feel like a zillion little egg shell pieces. I’m constantly brushing them off sheets. They fall under your body as it is heaviest place and so they naturally slide down under you. Very, very irritating. Any of you had experience? Know anything that might help? I’d be forever absolutely 100% grateful!!–Tx for consideration.–I’m new here–Marty

  27. I have those agly black sports on my legs (front part of the leg) thanx guys for all the free lessons. ..av tried lots of creams bt got no change, will try application of lemon and aloe Vera, thanx again

  28. I have to tell you – the lemon juice WORKS! I’m 48 – started having dark spots – the size of a pencil eraser – nothing bad, just dark spots.
    Started using the lemon juice – and it works like a charm! You can’t even see them now! So I’m only using the lemon juice when I see dark spots on my face 🙂

  29. Darkened skin can also result from a combination of sun exposure and an allergic reaction, usually to a specific plant or chemical,……..Be careful so lime causes it but lemon juice reduse it …

  30. i have dark spots on my face and i have just started using mixture of sandalwood and rose water with glycerin i hope it work any suggestion for me please tell me which is more useful this remedy or using any of above except lemon since my skin is sensitive

  31. ya, i used lemon but not working instead growing small hair over their… any advices for removing such brown spots…

  32. I have been using Baby Oil with aloe vera already in it and I grate the skin of a lemon or two and put it in the bottle and shake it every day. I was surprised to see the dark spots on my legs slowly fading. I’m so pleased. It takes a long time, but it certainly helps one’s self confidence to see them gradually fading. However, I have read a book that says baby oil, which is mineral oil, does not go into the skin as successfully as vegetable oil, e.g. olive oil, so I’m going to try that. Also, I have tried ground liquorice root added to this mixture and that seems to be working well too. Liquorice is a natural whitener.

  33. By the way, my dermatologist suggested a chemical peel for my lower legs at great expense. You can do a chemical peel yourself on your face or legs. Just look it up on the internet. You can also buy a kit. The clinic did a patch test with laser and chemical peel. The chemical peel worked the best. Be careful and it’s better to do a weak solution first. This is a faster method than the lemon juice, and you can do it over and over again. The chemical peel is done with aspirin tablets and a couple of other ingredients that you will probably have in your cupboard. make sure you use the correct measurements as you could get a nasty burn. I can’t remember all the ingredients (about 3) unless I look it up.

  34. Brown discolorations on the skin can be from certain perfumes used and when those areas are exposed to the sun, they will turn brown. Not all perfumes will do this and it’s better to be safe than sorry, so apply perfume to areas that will not be exposed to the sun.

  35. I used lemon juice beneath my eye, It dried the skin and gave me wrinkles. I’m Just so Mad. Don’t do the lemon juice dry skin is Bad!

  36. I’m 21 and I’m breaking out in age spots , liver spots , brown spots of every kind !! I’m a lifeguard and I sit in the sun for ten hours and i put pounds of sunscreen on to prevent this but its not working !! I recently just got a brown age mark the size of a quarter on my arm and I’m planning on telling people its just a birth mark. This is not a pretty situation!!!!! HELP!! And god bless everyone with age mark situations! gotta love life!! 🙂

  37. I have got horrible brown spots on my face…below eyes and also in the nose. It seems darker outside more than inside..I feel so bad abt this..tried many remedies but failed..ryt now I’m trying sandalwood. let’s see what it shows…hope it will fee effective. Aloevera & lemon juice has made it litter bit lighter than before..but I’m not happy with the results..

  38. Go at night, go in a hot tub, to get rid of the brown dots on your hand I had them the past nights, and it got the majority of it off, but the rest use your other hand to rub it off.

  39. I’ve spent hundreds on prescriptions written by dermatologists, including very expensive ‘Blue Light’ painful treatment that promised to remove all actinic kertosis brown spots. Blue Light treatment did NOTHING to dissipate the persistent ‘masque of pregnancy’ brown splotches above my upper lip that I’ve had most of my life; I’m 65. With some time and nothing to lose, I applied ACV directly on facial brown spots, twice a day for a week. After day three it stung a lot but continued for another 4 days. Area progressed from bright red to a brown crusting over – looked very ugly. When I couldn’t stand it any longer, I let the spots heal over and stopped the ACV. It’s tempting to pick at it, but better results if, over time it slowly comes off in tiny flecks when showering. I continued to apply ACV for the next month and after about 6 months, ALL DARK SPOTS ARE GONE, and my skin looks GREAT – NO brown spots. For less than $4.00 accomplished the same as over a thousand dollars spent at dermatologist. Consult dermatologist to make sure you have nothing more severe than surface AK’s and not basal cells. Hope this is helpful! Thank you ACV blogs!!!!!

  40. What is the ACV that BB spoke about? My legs r full of brown spots and I’ve tried those laser treatments for years and nothing worked !!!! Cost me a fortune, had to stop wasting my money, Are there any oils that work?

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