10 home remedies to easily clear up your dark spots

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You have an event to attend today. Even after applying a few layers of foundation, you can still see dark spots on your face. It really feels annoying when you can’t just look the way you want. Trust me, I have been in your shoes, but after having found these remedies for dark spots, I can gladly say that my face looks awesome now.  You like that feeling right? Yea I got you there.

 

Dark spots are also known as age spots or black spots. They are discolored patches of skin that can appear on your face, shoulders, arms, or back and can be in shades of red, brown, or grey. These spots appear due to the over secretion of melanin – the pigment responsible for the color of our skin. Though these spots may vary in shape and size, there is one thing they all have in common – they are a great source of distress for anyone afflicted by them.

Instead of covering them with makeup, use the remedies listed in this article to lighten them naturally. The concoctions listed in this article will remove dark spots, nourish your skin, and also prevent any marks from developing in the future. Keep reading to know more about dark spots and how to get rid of them.

What causes Dark spots?

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  • Excessive sun exposure: Spending too much time in the sun or on tanning beds without applying an adequate amount of sunscreen can cause your skin to kick up its production of melanin. This is the body’s response to protect itself from the harmful ultraviolet rays, which in turn increases the number of dark spots on face.

 

  • Hormonal changes: Fluctuation in the production of estrogen and progesterone when you are pregnant, on birth control pills, or going through menopause can cause uneven melanin production. Exposure to sunlight activates the secretion of melanin in these spots, causing dark spots.

 

  • Acne / Injury: Scars left behind by pimples, injuries, or any kind of surgery can evolve into dark spots, instead of gradually fading away.

 

  • Aging: As you age, your skin cells do not reproduce as easily as they do in your youth. Thus, it becomes more difficult for your skin to repair damaged areas and get rid of discolored spots.

Merely knowing the causes of dark spots is not enough. We also need to understand the different types of dark spots to understand which method might be suitable to get rid of them. We have compiled a simple list of these types for you below.

Types Of Dark Spots

 You may be thinking, “Dark spots are dark spots. They’re all the same! Just tell me how to get rid of them!” However, it is very important to know what type of dark spots you have. It will not only make you more informed about your body but also allow you to choose the appropriate treatment to get rid of them.

 

  • Melasma: Melasma refers to the dark spots that appear in a splotch-like form on the cheeks. Hormonal imbalances, hormonal therapy treatment or thyroid dysfunction can cause this kind of dark spots.
  • Lentigines: Lentigines are dark spots that appear scattered and in no particular pattern. They are what we commonly refer to as ‘liver spots’ that appear on the skins of old people. They are a direct consequence of excessive exposure to the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun.

 

  • Pimple marks: When a pimple gets infected with any kind of bacteria, it can become very painful and leave a mark or scar after it pops. This mark can then evolve into a dark spot.
  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation: Any kind of injury or trauma caused to the skin as a result of abrasions, burns, acne, etc., leading to inflammation, can later cause the formation of dark spots in that area.

Depending on the type of dark spot, you can opt for either a natural and homemade remedy or a cosmetic solution that will work the best to get rid of it.

Top 10 Home Remedies to get rid of dark spots

What if I told you that instead of heading to your nearest drugstore or dermatologist’s clinic, the only place you need to head to is your kitchen? I don’t blame you if you don’t believe me because it does sound too good to be true. But, the honest truth is, your kitchen is full of ingredients that work wonders for dark spot removal. And I am here to tell you exactly what you will need and how to use it. So read on to find out all the secrets to get rid of those pesky little buggers and restore your selfie-ready perfection!

1. Vitamin E Oil

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Many dermatologists swear by the benefits of vitamin E oil to reduce the appearance of a variety of skin discoloration problems, especially dark spots. This is why it is one of the vital ingredients found in many skin care products. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that targets free radicals that are responsible for aging and discoloration and helps to repair damaged cells (2). Moreover, vitamin E oil does not need to be mixed with any other ingredients to make it viable for applying directly to your skin. Hence, it is a convenient and cost-effective option for dark spot removal.

Method 1 – Bottled Vitamin E Oil

What You Need

A bottle of vitamin E oil

How To Use

Apply a few drops of vitamin E oil directly on the dark spots and rub it into your skin with clean fingers.

How Often?

Daily, before going to sleep.

Method 2 – Vitamin E Capsules

What You Need
  • 1 vitamin E capsule
  • A needle/safety pin
How To Use
  1. Poke a hole in the vitamin E capsule with the help of a needle or a safety pin.
  2. Squeeze the oil out of the capsule onto your fingers.
  3. Apply it directly to your dark spots and rub it in.
How Often?

Daily, before going to sleep.

WARNING
  • Some people could be allergic to vitamin E oil and develop contact dermatitis if they come in contact with it. Do a patch test on your forearm before trying out any of the home remedies mentioned above.
  • Since vitamin E comes in a heavy formulation, it could cause your skin to break out if your skin is acne prone.
Tips
  • Since vitamin E comes in the form of a thick oil and requires you to not wash it off, it could make your face look oily throughout the day. Hence, it is best to apply it at night, in place of a moisturizer.
  • Add foods rich in vitamin Elike almonds, peanuts, wheat germ oil, sunflower seeds, and dried apricots to your daily diet to make use of its many benefits.

 

2. Potato

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Ah, potato – the wonderful vegetable that gives us the simple joys in life, such as French fries, potato chips, hash brown, and tater tots. Besides giving us gastric happiness, potatoes can also do wonders for our skin. Starch and sugar – the key components of potato – work their combined exfoliating magic to remove dead skin cells and aid the growth of new ones. Vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, zinc, and phosphorus – minerals that rejuvenate the collagen production in your skin – are also found in this root vegetable (3). All in all, a potato is a storehouse of numerous minerals that work together to provide many skin care benefits. There are many different ways to use potatoes to remove dark spots.

Read on below to find out our favorite picks.

Method 1 – Potato Slices

Let’s start off with the easiest one. You do not need anything except a potato and a knife for this one. Don’t you just love me for making your life so easy right now?

What You Need
  • 1 potato
  • A knife
How To Use
  1. Slice up a potato into thin slices with a knife.
  2. Apply a tiny bit of water to the potato slices to make them wet and place them on the areas with dark spots.
  3. Leave the potato slices on for 10 minutes.
How Often?

Daily.

Method 2 – Potato And Lemon Juice

The combined bleaching properties of potatoes and lemon juice, owing to their rich vitamin C content, make this an excellent home remedy for dark spot removal and skin brightening.

What You Need
  • 1 potato
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • A knife
  • Cotton balls
How To Use
  1. Slice up a potato into thin slices and soak them in a cup of boiling hot water.
  2. Leave the potato slices to soak for half an hour.
  3. Remove the potato slices and add a tablespoon of lemon juice to the water that is left behind.
  4. Refrigerate the potato water and lemon juice mixture for an hour.
  5. Apply the cold mixture directly to the dark spots using a cotton ball.
  6. Wash off with clean water after 20 minutes.
How Often?

Twice a day, every day.

Method 3 – Potato And Honey

The extensive skin care benefits of honey work wonders when combined with potato. They make an excellent face mask that can eliminate those dark spots right off your face.

What You Need
  • 1 potato
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • A grater
How To Use
  1. Grate the potato to a fine texture.
  2. Add a teaspoon of honey to the grated potato (if the mixture is too dry, you can add more honey or a little bit of water to it).
  3. Apply the mixture as a face mask and leave it on for 15 minutes.
  4. Wash off with clean water.
How Often?

Every alternate day.

WARNING

If you experience any redness or irritation after applying potato on your skin, wash off the face mask and discontinue use immediately.

Tips

You can slice or grate up 3-4 potatoes at a time and refrigerate them in an airtight container. That way, you will not have to cut a fresh potato every day and the refrigerated potatoes will have a nice cooling effect on your skin.

 

3. Buttermilk

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Buttermilk is the sour liquid left behind after butter has been churned out of the milk. Remember when I told you at the beginning of this article that a superficial chemical peel uses alpha hydroxyl acids? Basically, the lactic acid found in buttermilk is also a type of alpha hydroxyl acid. It helps remove dead skin cells from your face and lightens dark spots (4). So, instead of spending a ton of money on a dermatologist to get a professional chemical peel to remove your dark spots, you can just spend a couple of dollars on a carton of buttermilk to get the same results.

Method 1 – Raw Buttermilk

The easiest and cheapest way to use buttermilk is to use it as it is, without mixing anything in it.

What You Need
  • Buttermilk
  • Cotton balls
How To Use
  1. Pour a little buttermilk into a small bowl.
  2. Using a cotton ball, apply the buttermilk directly onto your dark spots.
  3. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash off with clean water.
How Often?

Daily.

Method 2 – Buttermilk And Tomato Juice

Buttermilk and tomato both have bleaching properties that can give you quicker results in your quest to get a dark spot-free face.

What You Need
  • 4 teaspoons of buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons of tomato juice
How To Use
  1. In a clean bowl, add the buttermilk and tomato juice and mix thoroughly.
  2. Apply the mixture all over your face and leave it on for half an hour.
  3. Wash off with clean water.
How Often?

Daily.

WARNING

Do not apply any of the aforementioned buttermilk home remedies around and under your eyes as the skin there is highly sensitive and the lactic acid in the buttermilk can cause irritation.

Tips

You can use milk or yogurt in place of buttermilk if it is difficult for you to find it, as they contain lactic acid as well.

4. Parsley

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Oh, parsley. I sincerely apologize for hating you all throughout my childhood. If I knew then what I know now, I would’ve relished every bite of you and made sure to go back for second helpings.

To make up for my childhood shortcomings, let me tell you why you should immediately stock your fridge with parsley. This green leafy vegetable is loaded with vitamins A and C that renew the collagen production in your skin and fight free radicals to give you fresh even-toned skin, free of all acne and dark spots. On top of that, its vitamin K content prevents formation of wrinkles. Lastly, the antibacterial and antifungal nature of parsley give you overall clean and healthy skin (12).

Method 1 – Parsley, Lemon Juice, And Honey

The combined vitamin C content of parsley and lemon juice come together to make a wonderful home remedy to fight any discoloration on your face.

What You Need
  • 1 head of parsley
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • A blender
How To Use
  1. Chop up the parsley, add a little water to it, and blend it up to make a paste.
  2. Add the honey and lemon juice to the parsley paste and mix thoroughly.
  3. Apply the mixture all over your face, giving special attention to your dark spots.
  4. Wash off with clean water after 20 minutes.
How Often?

Every alternate day.

Method 2 – Parsley And Lemon Juice ‘Tea’

This parsley and lemon infusion made like a tea is light on your skin and very refreshing, though it works just as well to remove dark spots.

What You Need
  • 1 head of parsley
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • Water
  • Cotton balls
How To Use
  1. Chop up the parsley it in 2 cups of water for 10-12 minutes.
  2. Strain the water into a clean bowl.
  3. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice to this parsley water.
  4. Using cotton balls, apply the parsley and lemon ‘tea’ directly onto your dark spots.
  5. Wash off with clean water after half an hour.
How Often?

Every night, before going to sleep.

WARNING

In some cases, people with sensitive skin can develop photodermatitis after handling parsley. Photodermatitis refers to the development of rashes or blisters as a reaction to the UV rays of the sun. Hence, do a patch test on your forearm before using any of the above home remedies.

Tips

The parsley and lemon juice ‘tea’ water can be stored for days in a spray bottle and sprayed on whenever you feel like it.

 

5. Castor Oil

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Castor oil is truly a thing of beauty. Enriched with omega-3 fatty acids, castor oil goes beyond the epidermal layer of your skin and deep cleans all the dirt, oil, and dead skin cells that have made their home there (13). Castor oil, aided by its vitamin E content, also increases blood circulation and boosts the growth of new skin cells, thus getting rid of dark spots and acne scars. But that’s not all! Castor oil not only removes dark spots and other discoloration, it effectively prevents them from coming back! Thus, you are blessed with an even skin tone in the long run. So, read on to find out how we use this wonder oil for dark spot removal.

Method 1 – Castor Oil

Just go straight in with that castor oil. You can thank me later!

What You Need
  • Castor oil
  • Cotton balls
How To Use
  1. Pour 4-5 drops of castor oil on a cotton ball and apply directly to the dark spots.
  2. Leave it on for an hour and then wash off with clean water.
How Often?

Every day, once after waking up and once before going to sleep at night.

Method 2 – Castor Oil And Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has become a one-stop solution to every beauty problem imaginable (14). So, it’s no surprise that it managed to make its way onto this list as well.

What You Need
  • 10 drops of castor oil
  • 10 drops of coconut oil
How To Use
  1. In a clean bowl, combine the castor oil and coconut oil.
  2. Using a cotton ball, apply this oil mixture all over your face and leave it on for 15 minutes.
  3. Wash off with warm water.
How Often?

Every night, before going to sleep.

WARNING
  • If you are pregnant, do not use any castor oil, internally or externally, as it has been found to induce labor and can also cause complications if not used in the correct manner.
  • Do not apply castor oil on or around pimples or open wounds.
Tips

Apply castor oil before your daily moisturizing routine and leave it on throughout the day to reap its maximum benefits.

6. Onion Juice

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Okay, I know what you are thinking – “How can you possibly expect me to rub a stinky onion all over my face?” All I can say is, trust me on this. Or more importantly, trust research on this. Onions are loaded with vitamins A, C, and E – powerful antioxidants that protect your skin from the ultraviolet rays of the sun and the free radicals that cause it to wrinkle and age. These, combined with the sulphur-rich phytochemicals, work together to help you get rid of all dark spots and even out your skin tone (15). So, embrace those stinky onions and read on to find out how you can use them to your skin’s benefit.

Method 1 – Onion Juice And Garlic Juice

I’m sorry that this is one malodorous concoction. But it is a strong one that will help you get rid of those dark spots much faster.

What You Need
  • ½ onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • A blender
  • A strainer
  • Cotton balls
How To Use
  1. Blend the onion and garlic together and strain out their juice.
  2. Using a cotton ball, apply the onion and garlic juice on your dark spots areas and leave it on until it dries completely.
  3. Wash off with water.
How Often?

Every night, before going to sleep.

Method 2 – Onion Juice And Honey

While the onion juice works hard to fight off those annoying dark spots, the honey pampers and moisturizes your skin.

What You Need
  • 1 tablespoon of onion juice
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • Cotton balls
How To Use
  1. Mix the onion juice and honey in a clean bowl.
  2. Using a cotton ball, apply the mixture to your dark spots.
  3. Leave it on for 30 minutes, then wash off with water.
How Often?

Daily.

Method 2 – Onion Juice, Gram Flour, And Rose Water

Get ready for a pamper session with this face pack that will not only reduce your dark spots but also give you a glowing complexion.

What You Need
  • 1 tablespoon of onion juice
  • 2 tablespoons of gram flour
  • 1 tablespoon of rose water
How To Use
  1. Mix the onion juice, gram flour, and rose water in a clean bowl until they form a thick paste.
  2. Apply the face pack all over your face and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  3. Wash off with water.
How Often?

Thrice a week.

WARNING

Do not use any onion home remedies a day before any major event as it leaves behind a slightly pungent odor.

Tips

Use a fragrant facial cleanser after using any home remedies with onion in them to get rid of the strong odor.

7. Pineapple Juice

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Not gonna lie, pineapple is my favorite fruit of all time. God, it’s so delicious!But, getting back to the point, who knew this yummy fruit had so many skin care benefits? It is rich in antioxidants and vitamins A and C that fight free radical damage and also increase the production of collagen. All of this helps fight pigmentation and dark spots. Additionally, pineapple also contains bromelain, a component that makes your skin firm, soft, and increases its elasticity, which prevents the formation of wrinkles (16). So what are you waiting for? Go stock up your fridge with pineapples, and I’ll tell you how to use them to fight those pesky dark spots.

Method 1 – Pineapple Juice

Once you’ve resisted the urge to chug all that pineapple juice, go ahead and try out this simple home remedy that will give you blemish-free skin.

What You Need
  • ¼ pineapple
  • A blender
  • A strainer
  • Cotton balls
How To Use
  1. Blend a quarter of a pineapple and strain out its juice.
  2. Using a cotton ball, apply the pineapple juice on your dark spot areas and leave it on until it dries.
  3. Wash off with water.
How Often?

Daily.

Method 2 – Pineapple Juice And Yogurt

Honestly, you can straight out eat this face pack for breakfast because it is so damn delicious. But also, the lactic acid of the yogurt works beautifully with the antioxidants in the pineapple to even out your skin tone and make it dark-spot free.

What You Need
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons of yogurt
How To Use
  1. Combine the pineapple juice and yogurt until they make a thick paste.
  2. Apply the paste all over your face and leave it on for 25 minutes.
  3. Wash off with water.
How Often?

Thrice a week.

WARNING
  • Do a patch test of pineapple juice on your forearm to check if your skin reacts negatively to it.
  • Do not use store-bought pineapple juice because it contains chemical preservatives that may damage your skin.
Tips
  • You can extract the juice of one full pineapple and use it for your home remedies as and when required, thus saving time.
  • Drink a glass of pineapple juice every day to make full use of its benefits.

8. Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar has emerged as a healthy must-have-at-home ingredient in the last few years. And rightly so. It’s chock full of antioxidants like vitamins A, B-complex, C, and E that work overtime to give you the healthiest skin possible. It also works wonders in removing dark spots as it contains alpha hydroxy acids. This is the same chemical that is used in chemical peels to remove dead skin cells and facilitate the production of new skin cells, and works as an exfoilant (17). It also contains malic acid that prevents acne and optimizes the production of sebum, making sure your skin is neither too oily nor too dry. Need more convincing? Apple cider vinegar also draws the toxins out of your skin and keeps wrinkles at bay, thus maintaining the youthful glow of your skin. So, read on to find out how you can to use apple cider vinegar to get rid of those dark spots.

Method 1 – Apple Cider Vinegar And Honey

The strong apple cider vinegar and the relaxing honey come together beautifully to make the perfect remedy for your dark spots.

What You Need
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • one teaspoon of water
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • Cotton balls
How To Use
  1. Dilute the apple cider vinegar with water and then add honey to it.
  2. Using a cotton ball, apply the mixture to your dark spots areas and leave it on for 15 minutes.
  3. Wash off with water.
How Often?

Read Also: Is Apple Cider Vinegar Good For Pregnant Women?

Daily.

Method 2 – Apple Cider Vinegar And Orange Juice

What You Need
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of orange juice
  • Cotton balls
How To Use
  1. In a clean bowl, mix the apple cider vinegar and orange juice.
  2. Apply the mixture to your dark spots areas with a cotton ball, and leave it on until it dries.
  3. Wash off with water.
How Often?

Every alternate day.

WARNING
  • Make sure you use a sunscreen when going out after using these remedies as apple cider vinegar makes your skin sensitive to the UV rays of the sun.
  • If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test of apple cider vinegar on your forearm to check how your skin reacts to it.
Tips

Always dilute apple cider vinegar before applying it as it can cause your face to sting slightly.

9. Papaya

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Papayas contain the papain enzyme, which basically acts as an antidote for dark spots. The papain enzyme does everything required for dark spot removal – it exfoliates, scrapes away dead skin cells, and evens out your skin tone (18). But, the most important thing it does is that it inhibits the production of tyrosinase in your skin. This enzyme is the main culprit behind the overproduction of melanin and the eventual appearance of dark spots.

Method 1 – Papaya Paste

Use papaya in its most natural, concentrated form to see quick results in your quest to remove dark spots.

What You Need
  • ½ papaya
  • A blender
How To Use
  1. Blend the papaya until it becomes a thick paste.
  2. Apply the papaya paste all over your face and leave it on for 20 minutes.
  3. Wash off with water.
How Often?

Thrice a week.

Method 2 – Papaya, Oatmeal, And Coconut Oil

What You Need
  • ½ papaya
  • 2 tablespoons of oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
How To Use
  1. In a clean bowl, mash up the papaya with a fork and mix in the oatmeal and coconut oil until it makes a thick paste.
  2. Apply the paste all over your face and leave it on for half an hour.
  3. Wash off with clean water.
How Often?

Thrice a week.

WARNING

Since the pulp of papaya contains latex, make sure you do a patch test on your forearm to check if you are allergic to it, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Tips

People with normal skin can use an unripe papaya while people with sensitive or dry skin must use the pulp of a ripe papaya as it is gentler on the skin

10. Tomato

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Who doesn’t love tomatoes? I mean they give us the most commonly used condiment around the world, i.e. ketchup. But did you know that these juicy red vegetables are a host to a number of components that can give us healthy and glowing skin? Tomato contains vitamins A, B, and C that boost collagen production, reduce dark spots, fight free radicals, and maintain the elasticity of your skin. It also contains minerals like calcium, potassium, and magnesium that moisturize and promote the overall good health of your skin (19). Tomatoes also contain lycopene – a component that moisturizes your skin from within and keeps wrinkles at bay.

Method 1 – Tomato Juice And Lemon Juice

The bleaching property of the lemon juice and the collagen rejuvenation provided by the tomato juice work together to eliminate dark spots from your face.

What You Need
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato juice
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
How To Use
  1. Mix the tomato juice and lemon juice in a clean bowl.
  2. Using a cotton ball, apply the juice mixture all over your face, giving special attention to the dark spots.
  3. Wait until it dries, then wash off with water.
How Often?

Daily.

Method 2 – Tomato And Sugar

The sugar exfoliates and removes the dark spots while the tomato works to bleach the dark spots.

What You Need
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
How To Use
  1. Pour the sugar on a flat plate.
  2. Take a slice of tomato and dip it in the sugar until one side of the slice is completely covered with it.
  3. With the sugar-covered side, start scrubbing your face in circular motions for 10 minutes, paying special attention to your dark spot areas.
  4. Once your whole face is covered in the tomato and sugar scrub, leave it on for another 10 minutes.
  5. Wash off with water.
WARNING

Since tomatoes are acidic in nature, they can be slightly hash on sensitive skin. Hence, do a patch test before going ahead with any tomato-based home remedies.

Tips
  • Use fresh and organic tomatoes instead of non-organic ones to reap the most of their benefits.
  • Add tomato to your daily diet to get the most of its lycopene content.

These remedies will make your skin clear and spot-free in a matter of few weeks. Your skin will become healthier, softer, and also start to glow as these remedies have multiple benefits. You can happily say goodbye to your concealers and, probably, even your foundation.

Don’t forget to let us know which ones worked best for you in the comments section below.

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