Sunspots or ‘solar lentigines’ are dark brown, white or sometimes faded spots on the skin surface caused due to long sun exposure. If you are suffering from these ugly blemishes, you might have been trying to remove these for long. Here are some natural remedies as well as professional treatments to get rid of sunspots:
Natural remedies to get rid of sunspots
If you are scared of adverse side effects and do not want to hurt your wallet, stick to simple and natural methods.
- Apply some fresh lemon juice on the sunspots by using a cotton ball for at least 3-4 times daily. Being a natural bleaching agent, lemon extract works on the discolored patches as soon as within 6-8 weeks. Its gentle natural acid contents expose the layer of fresh skin cells from beneath the blemished upper stratum.
- A mixture of glycerin, rose water and lime juice will also work well as an efficient way to get rid of black spots on your skin.
- Take a garlic clove and just rub it over the affected areas of your skin. Otherwise, massage some red onion extract or simply rub a piece of onion there. As all of these contain enough natural acids, regular usage (up to 6-7 weeks) of these lightens the spots greatly by peeling away the damaged skin.
- Cut a small piece from a raw papaya and smash it properly. Now, apply it on the discolored patches to fade them away.
- Castor oil is an excellent item that can be used for treating sunspots effectively. Instead of having beaching properties, castor oil can give you a smooth, healthy and radiant skin by diminishing blemishes.
- Using aloe vera gel is another great way to protect ourselves from sun damage as well as to heal sun spots.
- Apply milk directly to the affected areas with a cotton ball. After around 20 minutes, rinse with plain cold water. The lactic acid content of milk regenerates fresh cells by peeling dead skins away.
- As an alternative of milk, you can also use buttermilk to lighten the dark spots.
- Do not stay in the sun for a long period. Wear protective clothing and apple a sunscreen with SPF 15 or more before stepping out.
As professional dermatological treatments are costly and full of side effects, take professional advice at first and then treat your sunspots by an proficient dermatologist.
- Chemical peeling is one of the most well-known dermatological treatments in which severe sun damages are healed through various high intensity peeling methods and anesthesia while minor sunspots are cured with low intensity glycolic peels. The acids used in these procedures efficiently disintegrate and soften the dead and spoiled skin cells while exposing the fresh, even skin beneath.
- When the damage is serious enough, laser resurfacing can alleviate it effectively by targeting the deeper stratum of the blemished skin. In this two-hour long method, a high energy light beam is used along with anesthesia and more sessions might be required for the best solution. Ample care and limited sun exposure are important after going through this treatment.
- Microdermabrasion can also be done to get a smoother and cleaner skin by exfoliating the damaged outer layer of it. The process needs fine grained crystals for its function and takes 2-3 sessions for complete healing.
- Sunspots can also be cured with the help of Cryotheraphy. In this procedure, liquid nitrogen is used effectively.
- Intense light pulse therapy is another useful remedy of sunspot in which intense broadband light is used.
- Contemporary and OTC medications containing hydroquinone, tretinoin and kojic acid also help treat blemishes.
However, always consult a dermatologist to make sure that your sunspots are not benign. Otherwise, you can take all the aforementioned measures to cure your problem.