How To Get Rid Of Dark Spots
Before we actually speak about how to get rid of the dark spots on your skin, let us take a look at what are the reasons that these dark spots have come to exist on your skin at the first place.
The dark spots are caused when there is an increase in the formation of certain cells in the body that are known as melanocytes, which trigger the production of melanin in the skin, consequently turning the skin darker. These dark spots on the skin are known by many names such as brown spots, age spots, sun spots etc.
These typically appear on the parts of the body that are exposed to the sun like the face, the neck, back, chest, hands, shoulders etc. Apart from exposure to the sun, the other reasons behind these dark spots could be aging, genetic makeup, stress, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal changes, pregnancy, weak functioning of the liver, etc. Although the dark spots on the skin are more likely than not harmless, these mar the glow and beauty of the skin, and as such tend to give an unattractive look.
Naturally people look for ways to get rid of these. There are many clinical treatments that you can avail at skin clinics and salons. But if you are looking for home remedies that can help you get rid of dark spots on your skin with minimal efforts, meager cost and from the comforts of your home, here we provide you some tips and tricks! You should remember that with home remedies you need to be patient – dark spots on your skin did not develop in a day, and would not vanish in a day either. You need to apply the remedial techniques for several weeks to get results. Also, although all these are natural ingredients you may be allergic to some of them. In case you are not sure, you may consider applying it on a patch of your skin and test if it itches or irritates in any way. If not, it is suits your skin!
- Lemon Juice
Lemon has bleaching properties that can reduce dark spots and also make your skin soft and glowing. For that, you can apply lemon juice directly on the spots and leave on till dry and rinse well. For gentle exfoliation you may add enough organic honey and sugar to lemon juice and apply on affected areas. After a while gently rub in circular motions and then rinse well.
The lactic acid content in the buttermilk helps to reduce blemishes without drying the skin. Use clean cotton balls to apply the buttermilk to the affected areas. Leave on for a few minutes then rinse well. You may even add a little amount of lemon juice to the buttermilk if you want. Or you may also make a pack of buttermilk mixed in with tomato juice. Apply and leave on till dry, and rinse well. Both the remedies should be applied twice daily regularly.
- Castor Oil
You can also substitute Castor Oil with olive oil or coconut oil. Add contents of a Vitamin E capsule to an adequate amount of oil and apply twice daily to the affected areas regularly, once in the morning, and once at bedtime.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Make a solution of equal quantity of apple cider vinegar with water and add some pure organic honey to it. Apply this on the affected spots. You can apply the apple cider vinegar directly too, but it may feel stingy. Leave for a couple of minutes, and then wash well. You could also add about a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to about two tablespoons of orange juice and apply on the spots. Leave till it dries completely and naturally. Then wash off well with cold water.
- Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is endowed with healing properties and can help to regenerate skin. As such it can help to reduce dark spots, especially ones that are caused by exposure to sun. if you can get hold of fresh Aloe Vera gel, rub it on the spots and leave for about half an hour, then wash the area with cold water. This should be done twice daily diligently for about a month and you shall notice marked difference. If you cannot get hold of fresh Aloe Vera gel you can buy Aloe Vera juice for the purpose which is easily available in the stores.
Sandalwood has natural anti aging and antiseptic properties and as such can be an effective tool to get rid of dark spots. Make a pack of sandalwood powder mixed with rose water, glycerin and lemon juice. Apply this pack on affected areas and allow it to dry naturally. Now rinse with cold water. Another pack can be made by mixing in sandalwood powder with orange juice, lemon juice and contents of two Vitamin E powder. Apply on affected area and leave on for about thirty minutes. Wash off with cold water. Take a few drops of sandalwood oil and add about a tablespoon of olive oil or almond oil to it. Massage it on the affected areas at bedtime and leave it on as you sleep at night.
Horseradish has very effective skin lightening properties. You can make a paste of horseradish and apply it directly on the affected areas, leave it on for about twenty minutes and then rinse. Or you may make a paste of about four inches of horseradish and mix it with about a cup of apple cider vinegar and let the concoction site for two weeks undisturbed in your fridge. After that strain the contents and using clean cotton balls apply the liquid to the affected parts about three to four times a day every day for at least a month.
Ripened papaya contains alpha hydroxy acids which is beneficial for skin lightening and also adds a glow to the skin. Apply pulp of papaya on your skin and leave it on for about half an hour. Then rinse well with lukewarm water. This pack should be applied twice daily regularly.
Yogurt is known for its bleaching properties. You can apply yogurt directly on the areas that have been affected and leave on for a while, and then wash off well with cold water. Or you may leave the yogurt overnight too and wash off in the morning. You may also make a pack by mixing together yogurt, lemon juice and coarsely ground oats and apply to the affected area and leave for about fifteen minutes. Then rub the pack gently in circular motion and rinse well. This pack can be applied about thrice weekly.
Although some people do not prefer any treatment involving onion due to its pungent smell, onion can be effective in lightening dark spots on skin. Take slices of onions and rub on the affected areas well for about three times a day. Or else, you could extract juice of onion mix it with organic pure honey and apply on the affected areas. Leave on for about 15 minutes, and then wash off with lukewarm water.