How To Get Rid of Sun Spots on The Face

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You don’t have to hide. We will discuss how to get rid of sun spots on the face. We all want to put our best face forward. There are things you can do, some as simple as applying a skin lightening cream on your face daily and some as invasive as chemical peels. What works for one individual may not be right for everyone. Let’s take a look at what we can do to be on our way to brighter skin. 

How to Get Rid of Sun Spots on The Face – What Works?

Some of you may be worried about one tiny little spot spot and others may have several spots, due to hours spent romping in the sun without the protection of sunscreen. I know, we should have listened to our mothers. There are many routes you can take to brighter skin. There are home remedies, brightening creams, chemical peels, dermabrasion and micro dermabrasion. The route you take will depend on the size of the spot and how much it is bothering you. Another consideration is the budget. Surgical procedures such as chemical peels and dermabrasion can get costly. Especially since most of those procedures take more that one session. They can range between $125.00 to $300.00 a session.

Skin Brightening Creams – Do They Work?

I would think the first line of defense would be to try an over the counter dark spot remover.  It is the most cost effective treatment. These creams have been successfully used to diminish the look of those annoying sun spots. There are numerous products out there that will provide some pretty amazing results. Hydroquinone is a main ingredient in many skin lighteners. If you were to get a skin lightener from your Dermatologist, they would more than likely prescribe a product that has 4% Hydroquinone. Over-the-counter products have 2% Hydroquinone. I want to point out the debate that rages over the usage of Hydroquinone. It has been shown to cause cancer in rats in very large doses over long periods of time. However; It is still widely prescribed by Dermatologists. You would never want to use Hydroquinone for extended periods of time in higher doses. If you are looking for a product with natural skin lightening capabilities, then look for products that contain Kojic Acid, Citrus Extracts, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Licorice Extract and Indian Gooseberry. All of these products have been tested and have provided great results in skin brightening. Another product that your Doctor can prescribe is Retin A. It will cause the skin peel revealing smoother skin. You would be instructed by your doctor on how to use Retin A. It is extremely drying to the skin, so you would be very careful with a prescription strength dose of Retin A. Please remember to always wear sunscreen to prevent further damage. Check Out Our Skin Lightening Reviews

Home remedies are also worth a try. Lemons have been used for years to lighten skin. Keep in mind lemons are very drying to the skin, so caution should be taken. Also, for sensitive skin, you would want to mix the lemon juice with water or yogurt. Please make sure you rinse your skin thoroughly after applying and wear sunscreen afterwards. The citric acid in lemons makes your skin sensitive to the sun.

Surgical Procedures – When to Consider

When should you consider surgical procedures to get rid of age spots? You may consider this option if you are still not happy with the results after trying other methods. This is usually the last line of defense as they are quite pricey and have some risks associated with them.

Chemical Peels – A chemical peel is exactly what it sounds like They Dermatologist applies a chemical to the skin and in a few days it peels to reveal lighter skin. The chemicals basically peel away a layer of the skin. There are different types of peels, so discuss with the doctor which peel is suitable for your skin type. You don’t want to use something to strong on sensitive skin. A risk associated with this procedure is the possible temporary or permanent change in skin color.

Microdermabrasion – This procedure is done by your Dermatologist. Tiny crystals are sprayed onto the skin to remove the outer layer of skin. Recovery time is within 24 hours. Your skin may be red for the first 24 hours. Wearing a sunscreen afterwards is a must!

Dermabrasion – This procedure is a little more invasive and the recovery time is a little longer. You can resume normal activities in 7-10 days. Your skin will feel like you have a brush-burn. The Dermatologist will use a high speed instrument with an abrasive brush to remove the outer layer of skin. The risks associated with this procedure is possible change in skin color that may be temporary or permanent. There is also a risk of infection.


Whatever route you take to get rid of suns spots on your face, deciding which method to use to remove the sun spots is the first step. Home remedies are the least expensive, followed by over the counter sun spot removers and lastly surgical options.

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  1. Hello Lisa,
    Yes, age spots do tell their story, don’t they?
    The funny thing is this – they can show up just about anywhere on the body. I find the more commonplaces to be on the backs of your hands and the face. WOuld you recommend using the same product for the face on the hands too?
    I will check out your suggestions for the face.
    I did not realize that they were so varied surgical techniques to treat age spots on the face. Interesting.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Hi Michelle,
      Yes, the products will work on both the hands and the face. It is amazing all the great things our dermatologists can do to make use look and feel our best.

  2. Hi Lisa,
    I am definitely in favor of more natural and less invasive treatments for almost anything! The descriptions of chemical peels and microderm abrasions sound awful to me!
    I appreciate your breakdown of the types of ingredients typically found in over the counter products to help me sort through what makes the most sense for me. It is good to have this source of information. Thank you.

    • Hi Annie, A lot of people really appreciate natural ways of taking care of skin problems. I think most people use the surgical options as a last choice. I agree with you, the less invasive and less pain, the better. Lisa

  3. Dear Lisa,

    Thanks for the valuable information and I got some new insights on How To Get Rid of Sun Spots on The Face.

    Home remedies you gave are the first thing I am willing to give a try and came to know the benefits of lemon. Thanks a lot!

    Your Friend,

  4. You have some very helpful ideas here thank you. I have heard of the surgical ones. However, the one I have not heard of was the lemon. And thank you in advance for letting us know that it makes our skin very sensitive to sun after doing this. Great article thank you again.

    • Hi Melissa, Yes, there are so many methods to get rid of those annoying age spots. I guess it is always best to start with a home remedy, then an age spot removal cream and as a last resort, surgical methods. Lisa

  5. Great article. I have used hydroquinone in the past and still use it occasionally. I do worry about the side effects.
    Have you heard of using rice water? It does work. You have to make it every few days though. People working in rice fields discovered that the rice water lightens skin.

    • Hi Cynthia, Yes, Kojic Acid, an ingredient in many of the skin lighteners, it is made by the fermenting process of making Sake the Japanese Rice wine. I didn’t know you could make it yourself. I might have to include that in the home remedies post. Thanks for that information. Lisa

  6. Hello Lisa,
    Your article is very helpful thinking that I live in Greece, Rhodes where the UV radiation is 11% and in the rest of the country is 4%. just to understand how powerful is.
    I would choose a chemical treatment or surgery but lemon I would use for my face. Is the best solution I think. I always prefer natural ways.
    Thanks for sharing and I will be sure back for more advice.
    Which are the best hours to stay in the sun?
    have a good day,
    See you soon.

    • Hi Christina, I agree, natural methods are always the first thing to try and then work your way up until you see the desired results. Most dermatologists say to avoid the sun between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM when the sun is the strongest and always wear sunscreen. Wow, 11% UV Radiation is high, that is very damaging to the skin if the skin is not protected with sunscreen. Lisa

  7. Hi Lisa,
    Thank you for letting me know that sun spots can be lightened / removed with a cream. I have freckles and was teased about them growing up. It is interesting to know that a cream can get rid of them. It is a concern that the main chemical Hydroquinone causes cancer in rats. I have heard that lemons can lighten the skin. I was just wondering which products do you use personally?

    • Hi Glenys, Most dermatologists deem Hydroquinone safe for use in the dosage they provide, which is 4%. The over the counter products only contain 2% Hydroquinone. You can avoid Hydroquinone all together and go with an all natural product, like Meladerm. It has licorice root which lightens age spots. Lisa

  8. Thank you Lisa for a very useful and informative article. I did not know that the Sun could cause spots. Our Mother, spent many a day at the beach as we all do, only to find in her latter years that they led to what we thought were birthmarks. We went to dermatologist and had some tested only to find they were benign. Whew, huge relief.

    • Xavier, I’m glad it turned our well for your mother. Yes, spending hours in the sun is very damaging to our skin. Dermatologists agree that the number one cause of aging skin is the UVA/UVB sun rays. Lisa

  9. Very well written post, Lisa, and you are right about Hydroquinone, you need to be careful how long you use it, else the health danger that comes with it.
    I know there are serums that are Hydroquinone free and aid in getting rid of sunspots, which in my opinion is the better alternative =).
    Thanks for this post.

    • Hi Orion, Yes, there are many all natural ingredients that fade age spots. Our number 2 pick that we reviewed is Meladerm, which uses all natural ingredients. Meladerm uses licorice root as a lightener to fade age spots. It is great to have so many choices and so many great products. Lisa

  10. Hi Lisa, This article is very informative. My skin is often too light, and sensitive. For most of my younger years I would get a sunburn, peel and sunburn again if I didn’t use enough sunscreen. Thank you for the detailed explanations of the different procedure options with the pros and cons of each, that really helps for those needing to look into available options. Have a great day!

    • Hi Tara, It is nice to live in this day and age when there are so many options to keep our skin looking its best. Thanks for the nice comment. Lisa

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