It is possible to get rid of brown spots on the face by applying home remedies or various medications to the skin. Lemon juice, castor oil and buttermilk are three natural solutions, while over the counter products containing hydroquinone or retinol can also help. Some drugstore lotions are marketed as having a lightening effect, and often contain skin brightening ingredients that minimize the appearance of brown spots.
Brown spots are also called age spots, sun spots or liver spots. They are caused by exposure to the sun, which encourages the skin to produce more melanocytes. These are cells that darken the skin. Not surprisingly then, dark spots appear not only on the face but on the back, shoulders and neck. Aging and genetics also promote the appearance of brown spots.
To avoid suffering from more brown spots, it is beneficial to apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 every day. To treat current brown spots, lemon juice can be applied to the affected area every day for about 30 minutes before it is rinsed off. Buttermilk and castor oil can also be applied directly to the area, left on for just a few minutes and rinsed off. For over the counter lightening medications, it is best to follow the directions on the product.