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14 Tips to Remove Dark spots from Skin

The colour of our skin is determined by the presence of a pigment called Melanin. People with naturally abundant melanin have darker skin tone, whereas people with lesser melanin have lighter skin tone. Now, what happens  when your skin produces excessive melanin in only certain spots? Well! Melanin produced disproportionately and unevenly in the skin is what’s called hyperpigmentation or what we generally recognize as dark spots on our face.  Call it uneven skin tone, discoloration or dark spots; it can be a spoiler, even if you have a great skin.

aloe vera for dark spots on face

There are a several reasons that cause skin discoloration or dark spots. They can appear in shades of red, black or brown and can occur in different shapes and sizes.

Few reasons as to why black spots can appear are:

  • Exposure to sun
  • Scars left by pimple, acne or injury
  • Facial hair removal
  • Pregnancy
  • Too much stress
  • Certain vitamin deficiencies
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Lack of sleep

There are many remedies in the market to deal with the dark spots such as laser treatments and chemical peels. But these do not guarantee a long-term treatment since they have a lot of side effects and restrictions on using only certain products. Besides, these treatments are performed in a span of more than 1 sitting and each sitting costs a bomb.

But you can fight of dark spots easily by using ingredients available in your kitchen.

Method1: Lemon juice

Lemon has abundance of vitamin C in it and is citric in nature which makes a natural bleaching agent. This reduces the hyperpigmentation and lightens the scars and dark spots on your skin.

Thing you’ll need:

  • Lemon – 1
  • Mixing bowl

Lemon juice remedy #1

Step 1. Squeeze 1 fresh lemon in a bowl.

Step 2. Dab a cotton ball in the juice and apply it on the dark spots.

Step 3. Let it sit until it’s dry and rinse off with cold water.

  • Repeat this every night before going to sleep, till you see a visible reduction in dark spots

Note:

  • After performing this remedy if you feel itchiness on your skin, use a drop of olive oil to moisturize the skin.

Lemon juice remedy #2

Things you’ll need:

  • Sandalwood powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Lemon juice – enough to make a paste
  • Vitamin E oil capsule – 1

Step 1. Take 1 tablespoon of sandalwood powder in a mixing bowl and add freshly squeezed lemon juice, enough to make a paste

Step 2. Squeeze 1 vitamin E oil capsule into the mixture and whip it well

Step 3. Apply on your face and let it sit for 20 minutes

Step 4. Wash off with water

  • Do not go out in the sun immediately after using any face pack with lemon juice in it as it may cause sunburn.

 

Method 2: Vitamin E oil

Vitamin E oil is a fat-soluble vitamin and has extremely potent anti-oxidant properties; this helps in tissue repair. Vitamin E oil curtails the formation of dark spots once you start using it.

Things you’ll need:

  • Vitamin E oil capsule – 1

Single step method. Puncture a vitamin E capsule and apply it directly onto the affected area

Tip:

  • Apply this before going to bed every night
  • Continue using this at least for a month to see visible reduction in dark spots and pigmentation.

 

Method 3: Potato

Potato consists of an enzyme called catecholase which promotes healthy skin whereas the starch present in it reduces the pigmentation giving your skin the perfect glow. It consists of vitamin A,C, E & B, which slows down the aging spots and darkening of skin.

Potato remedy #1

Things you’ll need:

  • Potato – 1

Step 1. Take a potato and slice it in round shape

Step 2. Place the slices onto the dark spots

Step 3. Leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water

  • Use this everyday to see noticeable difference in the skin

Potato remedy #2

Things you’ll need:

  • Potato – 1
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Lemon juice – enough to make a paste

Step 1. Grate a potato and squeeze the juice out of it

Step 2. Add 1 tablespoon turmeric and lemon juice to make a paste

Step 3. Apply it onto the face and allow it to dry

Step 4. Rinse off with water

  • You can use this remedy everyday
  • Do not use soap immediately after using the face pack

 

Method 4. Aloe vera

This face pack uses aloe vera which is known for its skin soothing, tightening and nourishing properties. It is anti-inflammatory which helps in reducing the formation of dark spots and keeps the skin hydrated which allows dead skin to fall out and grow new tissues. Cinnamon on the other hand has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which fight off acne and pimple formation. It cleanses out the skin pores and also rubs off dean skin. Almond oil is very light in consistency and can penetrate deep into the skin removing the dirt and clearing off the blemishes.

Things you’ll need:

  • Aloe vera – 2 tablespoon
  • Cinnamon – 1 tablespoon
  • Almond oil – ½ tablespoon

Step 1. Take 1 tablespoon cinnamon in a mixing bowl

Step 2. Add 2 tablespoon aloe vera and ½ tablespoon almond oil and mix it well

Step 3. Apply the paste on your face and let it sit for 15 minutes

Step 4. Rinse off with water

  • Repeat this for 2-3 times in a week

 

Method 5. Turmeric

Turmeric is herb used since the ancient times, in the Indian subcontinent. It consists of curcumin, which stalls pigmentation in skin. Yogurt on the other hand has lactic acid which, prevents pimple/acne breakouts.

Things you’ll need:

  • Turmeric – 1 tablespoon
  • Yogurt – 2 tablespoon
  • Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Step 1. Take 1 tablespoon turmeric in a mixing bowl

Step 2. Add 2 tablespoon yogurt and 1 teaspoon lemon juice to make a paste

Step 3. Apply this on the face and let it sit until dry

Step 4. Wash it off with lukewarm water

  • Use this pack every alternate day for better results.

 

Method 6. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar speeds up the process of dead skin shedding and growth of new layer of skin sans the dark spot. Onions have sulphur-rich phytochemicals that protect our skin from the harmful UV rays and evens out the skin tone.

Things you’ll need:

  • Onion juice – 1 tablespoon
  • Apple cider vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Combine 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon onion juice into a mixing bowl

Step 2. Dab the mix onto your skin with a cotton ball and let it sit until dry

Step 3. Rinse off with water

  • Repeat this ritual every night before going to bed for 4-6 weeks to see a lightened skin tone

 

Method 7. Tomato

Tomatoes are rich in vitamin A, B and C that improves the production of collagen, and reduces pigmentation.

Things you’ll need:

  • Tomato juice – 2 tablespoon
  • Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Mix 2 tablespoon tomato juice with 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a mixing bowl

Step 2. Dab the mix onto the dark spots using a cotton ball

Step 3. Allow it to dry and wash off with water

  • Apply this everyday.

 

Method 8. Baking soda

Step 1. Mix baking soda and water in a bowl to make a thick paste

Step 2. Apply the paste to the affected area and let it sit for 2-3 minutes

Step 3. Rinse the paste off with water

 

Method 9. Honey

Pure unadulterated honey have anti-microbial qualities which heals inflamed skin, thus reducing dark spots.

Things you’ll need:

  • Honey – 2 tablespoon
  • Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Take 2 tablespoon honey in a bowl and add 1 tablespoon lemon juice to it. Mix well.

Step 2. Apply a thick layer of this paste onto the face and let it sit for 30 minutes

Step 3. Rinse off with water

  • Use this everyday.

 

Method 10. Coconut water

Tender coconut water is a skin elixir and consists of nutrients which hydrates and makes the skin supple. It enhances blood circulation to the skin, this allows the skin to get required amount of nutrients which releases the otherwise stagnated toxins under the skin. This is rich in vitamin C, helps in reduction of dark spots.

Things you’ll need:

  • Fuller’s earth – 1 tablespoon
  • Coconut water – 1 ½ tablespoon

Step 1. Mix 1 ½ tablespoon tender coconut water with 1 tablespoon fuller’s earth to make a paste

Step 2. Apply to the face and neck and let it sit until dry

Step 3. Rinse off with water

  • Apply this pack everyday to see visible results

 

Method 11. Red sandalwood powder

The major cause of dark spot formation is exposure to the sun. Red sandalwood helps in removal of suntan and sunburn effectively. This also fades the existing dark spots, since it has cooling and soothing properties.

Red sandalwood powder remedy #1

Things you’ll need:

  • Red sandalwood powder – 2 tablespoon
  • Milk – 2 tablespoon

Step 1. Mix 2 tablespoon of red sandalwood powder with 2 tablespoon of milk to make a paste

Step 2. Apply it onto the face and leave it on until dry

Step 3. Wash off with water

  • Apply this paste every day.

Red sandalwood powder remedy #2

Things you’ll need:

  • Red sandalwood powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Turmeric – ½ tablespoon
  • Milk – 1 tablespoon
  • Yogurt – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Mix 1 tablespoon red sandalwood powder with ½ tablespoon turmeric in a mixing bowl

Step 2. Add 1 tablespoon yogurt and 1 tablespoon milk to make a paste and apply to the face

Step 3. When the pack dries up, wash off with water

  • Apply this paste every day.

Red sandalwood powder remedy #3

Things you’ll need:

  • Red sandalwood powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Aloe vera – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Take 1 tablespoon red sandalwood powder in a bowl

Step 2. Scoop 1 tablespoon of aloe vera out of fresh leaves by cutting it and add it to the powder

Step 3. Mix both to make a paste and apply it to your face

Step 4. Allow the paste to sit for 20 minutes and rinse off with water

  • Apply the paste every day.

 

Method 12. Margosa leaves

Margosa leaves have antiseptic qualities which fights off bacteria and fungus and purifies the layer of the skin off oil formation. This is a great element in reducing skin pigmentation.

Things you’ll need:

  • Margosa leaf powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Fuller’s earth/sandalwood/red sandalwood powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Rose water – enough to make a paste

Step 1. Take 1 tablespoon margosa leaf powder and 1 tablespoon fuller’s earth or red/plain sandalwood

Step 2. Add rose water to the mix and make a paste

Step 3. Apply this to your face and allow it to dry

Step 4. Rinse off with water.

  • Apply this every day.

 

Method 13. Basil leaves

Basil and mint both belong to the mint family and are both blood purifiers. They can be consumed orally. The basil herb can wade of staph infection in skin whereby the bacteria become resistant to any remedy and keep growing. It can put a permanent full stop to acne and pimple popping up every now and then.

Things you’ll need:

  • Basil leaves powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Mint leaves powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Water – to make a paste

Step 1. Grind 1 tablespoon basil leaves and 1 tablespoon mint leaves together

Step 2. Apply this paste onto the affected area and let it sit for 20 minutes

Step 3. Wash off with water

  • Do this every day for better results.

 

Method 14. Gram flour/chickpea flour

Chickpea flour is a natural facial cleanser which removes dirt right from its root on the skin.

Things you’ll need:

  • Chickpea flour – 1 tablespoon
  • Raw milk – to make a paste

Step 1. Mix raw milk with 1 tablespoon gram flour to make a paste

Step 2. Apply this onto the face and allow it to dry

Step 3. Wash off with water

  • Use this face pack everyday to see visible reduction in dark spots
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