How to Diminish Sunspots on the Face With Lemons

Lemon juice naturally lightens sun spots.
Lemon juice naturally lightens sun spots. (Image: Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Sun spots, also known as age spots or liver spots, can suddenly appear on your skin after years of exposure to the sun. The dark colored blemishes can affect your self esteem and appearance. Spots appear in areas exposed to the sun, such as your face, hands, shoulders and arms. They form when your body over-produces pigment. Before resorting to hydroquinone treatments and chemical peels, you can combat sun spots right at home with the use of lemons.

Things You'll Need

  • Lemon
  • Bowl
  • Cotton pad or cotton swab

Roll a lemon on a flat surface to help release the juice. Juice a lemon into a bowl.

Wet a cotton pad with the lemon juice and dab it onto your sun spots. Use a cotton swab if you only have a few spots. You can also cut a lemon in half and rub it onto your skin.

Allow the lemon juice to dry on the skin. The natural acid in lemon juice acts as a bleaching agent and lightens sun spots over time.

Apply lemon juice to your skin twice a day; once in the morning and once before going to bed. Expect to see your spots fade after one to two months of consistently applying lemon juice.

Tips & Warnings

  • Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 25 to 30 minutes before going outdoors.
  • Consult your doctor if you have raised sun spots because these may be an indication of melanoma.

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