The small color discolorations on the skin called age spots bother many people. These yellowish to brown spots are normally found on the skin of the back of the hands, the neck, the face, the arms, shoulders and other areas on the body. The sun and hormonal influences from aging or childbearing can contribute to the development of the spots. Some truly believe in using apple cider for the removal of age spots, but does it really work?

Apple cider vinegar is known to have a multitude of healing properties. Some research studies show that many individuals who use apple cider vinegar succeed to diminish age spots, but others unfortunately, do not have good results. Different individuals may react differently to the application of apple cider vinegar for the removal of age spots. Results may vary. Some combinations of the vinegar with other ingredients could cause skin irritations. Avoiding the sun and using sunscreen may help. If home remedies are not helping to remove the age spots, a qualified dermatologist may be consulted.

Orange Juice and Apple Cider Vinegar

About one half of a teaspoon of vinegar with a few tablespoons of orange juice can be used to try to fade the spots. This process should be followed for at least 4 to 5 weeks for better results.

Most use two parts of vinegar to one part of orange juice (i.e. two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to 1 tablespoon of orange juice) and prefer this mixture method.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey

Water mixed with a just a few drops of apple cider vinegar and a little honey can help to diminish the skin discolorations. When the apple cider vinegar combination is taken as a drink, it is known to help to diminish the age spots faster.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Onion Juice

Apple cider vinegar and onion juice may be a way to fade away age spots. This process can be done by chopping onions with a food processor. The juice from the onion is then strained into a bowl with the use of a strainer or cheesecloth. Mix equal parts of the onion juice and apple cider vinegar, and then apply small amounts at a time carefully dabbing on the spots with a cotton swab. Only apply the mixture on the age spots and not the surrounding areas of skin, as skin irritation could develop.

Some use two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of onion juice, twice a day until the spots go away.

Safety Concerns

Apple cider vinegar is often not pasteurized or not filtered properly and can contain harmful bacteria. Its acidic properties may also damage the digestive tract and esophagus, and also change tooth enamel. Reports show that apple cider vinegar can also lower bone density and potassium levels. Strong vinegar can cause skin irritations and even burning or scarring of the organs like the stomach and liver, especially if it is not properly diluted. Also, medical reports indicate that there is the potential for acid chemical burns from apple cider vinegar in pill form. Much caution should be used when drinking or using apple cider vinegar on the skin to remove age spots.