How To Get Rid of Brown Spots – All You Need to know

Updated on May 26th, 2020
how to get rid of brown spots

These days, everyone has become very conscious about having good looks and flawless facial features. They also want a very healthy skin which is smooth and shining. But there are certain factors that prove to be a hindrance to this. Having brown spots on the face is one such condition that can lower your confidence levels too. They are one of the most irritating facial problems which manifest themselves in an array of ways.

You keep pondering yourself with a thought in mind always which says “How to get rid of brown spots?” This article tells you all about brown spots and also about remedies against brown spots(1).

What are Brown Spots on the Face?

Brown spots or age spots are nothing but the brown to grey-brown patches that appear on the skin. This is caused by a common skin problem called “MELASMA”. Usually, it appears on cheeks, forehead, chin, upper lip, bridge of the nose.

Its also can appear on the other parts which are highly exposed to the sun, such as, forearms and neck.

Raised brown spots on face are mainly caused by high exposure to the sun, so it is recommended to use sunscreen every day and reapply every 2 hours. Health experts also recommend covering your face with a hat or a shawl, etc.

Women are more likely to get melasma compared to men as the hormones tend to trigger melasma during pregnancy.

What Causes Brown Spots on the Face?

Having a skin related issue in today’s world is the most common thing that everyone’s going through. Some changes in our skin come with age, which is most likely ‘Age spots’ or ‘Liver spots’. But, as the name says, it has nothing to do with the liver and is solely caused due to long-term sun exposure.
Here is a list of a few other things that most likely  causes brown spots

  • Sun exposure
  • Hormonal Changes
  • Use of electronic appliances like laptops, computers, and mobile

How to get rid of Brown Spots

Though these small brown spots on the face may disappear over time, it’s always good to be treated correctly. So, here are some of the best home remedies that can help in reducing these spots.

Use of Foods  to get rid of Brown  Spots

  • Incorporate shellfish, liver and dark chocolate in your daily diet as they are highly rich in copper as it tremendously helps in prevention of brown spots
  • Include berries such as blueberries and blackberries in your daily diet and all such fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants for they protect you against free radicals.
    What food items to ditch?
  • Immediately remove excess iron out of your diet
  • Be done with nut and seed oil, margarine and vegetable oil for saturated fats

Herbal Treatment

1. Aloe Vera Gel

aloe vera gel
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How to use?

  • Using a knife, remove the gel from the outer leaf of aloe vera
  • Apply directly on the spots
  • Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes
  • Rinse off with water

2. Yogurt with herbs

Some herbs may help the yogurt to remove spots from your skin. Few of such herbs are turmeric, mustard powder, and aloe vera gel.

[Also Read: Aloe Vera for Skin? Benefits and Uses]

How to use?

  1. Mix 1 tsp of above-mentioned herbs with yogurt to make a paste
  2. Apply the paste on the spots
  3. Leave until dry and rinse off with water

Essential oils

Lemon essential oil

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If you are dreaded due to the prevalence of brown spots on your skin, then it’s about time that you incorporate lemon essential oil that tends to lighten the age spots.

Lavender Essential oil

There is none other oil better than Lavender when it comes to your skin, hands down. This oil is boon to mankind and one of the several benefits it bestows upon mankind is help dealing with brown spots.


As essential oils are highly concentrated, one must make sure to properly dilute them before using. Also one should consult a proper healthcare expert lest things might go awry.

Home Remedies

Papaya mask

papaya mask

How to use?

  • Remove all the pulp from a papaya and mash it until it has even consistency
  • Apply as a mask using cotton or makeup brush
  • Leave it on until dry and wash with running water


Lemon consists of a certain acid that helps in breaking down melanin production which in turn reduces spots in a month or two. It also has Vitamin C that breaches our skin, so we can have a brighter skin as well.
There are several ways how we can use the lemon, few are listed below.

How to use?

  • Cut a lemon into slices
  • Place it directly on the areas affected
  • Remove it after 30 minutes and rinse your face with water

Lemon juice and sugar

  • Squeeze juice of a lemon into a small bowl
  • Add 2- 4 tbsp of sugar
  • Scrub it on your face using a cotton or brush
  • Leave the mask on for half an hour and rinse with running water


Make sure not to expose yourself when you have applied lemon as the exposure to direct sunlight during this will cause instant sunburns.
As the mask may dry your skin, it is always good to apply a moisturizer later on.

1. Potato and honey

Although potato is mainly the hero of cooking, it also helps a lot in removing tans and spots.

How to use?

  •  Grate a potato in a bowl
  • Add enough honey to make a paste
  • Apply this paste directly on the spots and leave it for 20 minutes
  • Wash your face

2. Pineapple juice

pineapple juice

How to use?

  • Pour some pineapple juice in a bowl (make sure it is 100% natural)
  • Using a cotton swab apply directly on the spots
  • Leave it on until dry and wash with water

You can also mash up the pineapple slices and apply as a mask. Leave it until dry and
wash with water.

3. Chickpeas

How to use?

  • Boil half cup chickpeas with half cup water
  • Once its cooled down makes a paste with a mixer
  • Apply as a mask
  • Leave it until dry and wash off with water

Other ways to get rid of brown spots


As a dairy product, yogurt contains acid that helps in lightening the brown spots. The enzymes present in yogurt also helps in breaking down melanin.
You can use plain yogurt.

How to use?

  • Rub the plain yogurt on your brown spots
  • Leave until dry and wash with clean water

Green tea

Yes, green tea not only helps in reducing weight but also helps in lightening the spots as it contains antioxidants.

[Also Read: Effective Green Tea Health Benefits]

How to use?

  • Immerse a green tea bag in a Cup of hot water and let it cool.
  • Using a cotton swab apply it on the darkened skin.


Tomato has a powerful antioxidant called lycopene that can make your dark brown spots on face vanish.

How to use?

Slice a tomato and place it on the spots
Leave for 15 minutes and rinse off with water

Sandalwood powder

How to use?

  • Mix 1 tbsp sandalwood powder, 1 tbsp glycerin and 3 tbsp of rose water to make a paste.
  • Apply this as a mask on your face.
  • Let it dry and rinse off with water

Do’s And Dont’s

  • Make sure your face is clean and dry before applying any of the above.
  • If you’re allergic to any of the above-mentioned ingredients please do not use it.
  • Always wash your face in the end with cold water.

However, these are the top 10 ingredients that work magic in removing those annoying brown spots. And if it is used regularly you can say bye bye to the spots and hi to a youthful skin in a matter of a month.
Although age spots are harmless, they are sometimes hard to tell apart from skin cancer. So, if you are suspicious about a new spot, do consult a dermatologist immediately.

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