Breakouts, acne and a host of other skin problems can often lead to dark spots. After dealing with this original problem, it’s just too much to bear when you end up with dark spots or black spots dotting your face. This eventually leads to Round #2: You vs. Unsightly Dark Spots.
While dark spots or face spots are more common in dark-skinned people who naturally have a lot of melanin, anyone can develop it. When there is too much of melanin production, dark spots, patches, marks or blemishes may appear in different areas of your body like face, neck and arms.
There are many reasons for the appearance of dark spots on your face.
Causes of Dark Spots
- Sun damage often manifests in the form of hyper pigmentation due to excess melanin production in dark-skinned people. Dark spots, liver spots or blemishes can occur on skin areas that usually face sun exposure.
- Many dark spots or brown spots also occur as an aftermath of breakouts. These spots appear on skin following acne that has healed.
- Traffic related pollution, along with ultraviolet radiation, can also give rise to formation of dark spots or brown spots on the face according to one study. Nitrogen oxide (NO2) a major pollutant in the traffic related pollution has been found responsible for the formation of such dark spots, especially on the cheeks as the skin over there is delicate.
- Studies suggest that light rays emitted by computer screens, TV screens, and uncovered fluorescent lights over a period of time can cause dark spots.
- The hormones in birth control can also cause dark spots as your natural estrogen and progesterone levels are altered to prevent pregnancy. Changes in hormones can cause hyperpigmentation.
How to Prevent Dark Spots
- Avoiding excess sun exposure is one of the best ways to prevent dark spots from forming on your skin. Invest in a good sunblock that has UVA or Broad Spectrum protection. Buy a daily moisturizer that contains an SPF of at least 15. Limit your sun exposure during 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest. Give your skin extra protection by wearing a wide brim hat, scarves, umbrella and sunglasses.
- Avoid tanning beds and spray-on tans if your skin is susceptible to dark spots.
- Take measures to let breakout and acne heal completely and naturally and avoid picking at them at all costs in order to prevent scarring and dark spots.
- In order to prevent dark spots from ever forming on your face, you’ll need to protect your skin from exposure to pollutants. Wash your face at least twice daily and exfoliate twice a week. Cover up your face when out in pollution. Avoid smoking at all costs as it’s a personal source of pollution.
- Avoiding chlorinated water to wash the skin can also help.
- Keep your body hydrated and well supplied with vitamins E and C as they’re a good source of antioxidants required to protect the skin from pollution. Some data suggest that topical application of Vitamin C as serums or creams can also brighten the skin.
- If your job requires you to be in front of the computer screen whole day, make sure to take frequent breaks as even small amounts of daily radiation for longer periods of time can cause dark spots.
- Hormonal imbalance can cause dark spots. Control hormonal fluctuations by reducing stress and avoiding highly acidic foods such as processed foods and red meat. Consult your doctor and switch to contraceptives with lower dose of hormones as higher levels of hormones can spur an overproduction of melanin that cause dark spots.
When a lot of spots dot your face, it can lead to many uncomfortable situations. Often you end up hiding them under makeup, but that may not always be an option. Fortunately, there are a lot of natural remedies that can help you. The best thing about these natural remedies is that you need not go further than your kitchen and fridge.
While many over-the-counter drugs and creams are also available, these natural remedies might be more in tune with the health of your skin. Natural ingredients, when paired correctly, work on the dark spots to fade or erase dark spots naturally. In fact, many commercial drugs and creams contain elements that are naturally present in these ingredients.
As long as you keep the requirements of your skin in mind, you should be able to enjoy good results without any side effects.
Here are six easy home remedies which you can choose from depending upon your skin type and skin sensitivity, to remove dark spots from your face quickly.
How to Get Rid of Dark Spots
Method 1: Use Lemon Juice
Lemon Remedy #1
The citric acid present in lemon juice makes it very efficient natural bleach for the skin. Lemon juice has been one of the most common skin lightening agents in many cultures. While it has a general lightening effect on the skin, it can be used to tremendously lighten the dark spots or hyperpigmentation.
Things you’ll need:
- Lemon juice, freshly squeezed (natural skin bleach)
Single-Step Treatment: Apply lemon juice and let it sit for 10 min
- Dip a cotton ball in freshly squeezed lemon juice.
- Apply the lemon juice on the area with dark spots. You can also apply the lemon juice over your entire face.
- Let the lemon juice stay on your face for 10 to 15 minutes, then wash it off with plain water. Don’t keep it on for more than 15 minutes, as lemon juice may irritate your skin if left for a long time.
- Moisturize your face afterwards.
Repeat this procedure weekly for good results.
If lemon doesn’t suit your skin or you have as sensitive skin, mix lemon juice with rose water and glycerin as given below:
Lemon Remedy #2
If you have sensitive skin, it is important to dilute lemon juice before applying as it may irritate the skin and cause dryness. Rose water not only dilutes the lemon juice, but also helps to clear up dark spots. Glycerin is added to the mix to counter the drying effect of lemon juice on the skin and keep it well-hydrated.
Things you’ll need:
- Lemon juice, freshly squeezed – 1 teaspoon
- Rose water (evens skin tone) – 1 teaspoon
- Glycerin (counters dryness) – 1 teaspoon
Single-Step Treatment: Apply diluted lemon juice once a week
- Take 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
- Add 1 teaspoon each of rose water and glycerin. You can use plain water instead of rose water, if you don’t have the latter.
Although, you can easily make rose water at home.
- Dip a cotton ball into the liquid mix and apply it to your face.
- Leave it on your face for 10 to 15 minutes, then wash it off with plain water.
- Follow this with a good moisturizer.
A little patience needs to be exercised when using this method, as it can take some time to deliver the desired results. But, it’s also one of the gentler remedies for those with sensitive skin. Repeat once a week regularly until you achieve the desired results.
Method 2: Use Potato Juice
Potato contains natural enzymes and starch as well as vitamin C. Potato juice acts as a more natural and gentler version of homemade sugar scrubs. It exfoliates your skin and removes the dead cells, eventually diminishing your dark spots.
Things you’ll need:
- Potatoes, peeled (mild but efficient exfoliating agent) – 2
Step 1. Grate potatoes
- Peel 2 medium-sized potatoes. If you have large potatoes like a Russet, one should do the trick.
- Grate the potatoes over a grater, collecting the shavings in a bowl.
Step 2. Extract the juice of the potatoes
- Put the grated potatoes over a cheesecloth and make a bundle.
- Squeeze out all the juice from the grated potatoes and collect it in a bowl.
- Apply this on your dark spots.
If you want to take things up a notch, add additional ingredients like lemon juice and honey to the mix. Lemon juice is a natural skin lightening agent and honey is a rich moisturizer.
Step 3 (optional). Add lemon juice and honey and apply for 20 min
- Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to the bowl. Lemon juice gives skin lightening properties to the mix.
- Add 1 teaspoon of honey and mix well. Honey counters the drying effects of lemon juice. It keeps the skin hydrated and healthy, speeding up the healing process.
- Dip a cotton ball into the juice blend and apply it on your face, paying special attention to the dark spots.
- Leave it on your face for about 20 minutes.
- Wash it off with plain water.
Do this regularly once a week until you see results.