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How To Get Rid Of Dark Spots On Your Face

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How To Remove Dark Spots On Face

Dark spots are such a pain, no matter what you do, they just won’t go away. They scream “look at me!” and give you an uneven look. Don’t let them get to you, though. You can definitely beat them with our tips!

1How Do I Even Get Dark Spots?

Your skin produces a chemical called melanin that gives it its color. When it produces too much of this chemical, it gives you darker patches. This is also called hyperpigmentation. Many adults suffer from this on their forehead and their cheeks, and even their necks.
Causes can be acne, pregnancy, your medication, lack of sleep or too much stress. High exposure to UV rays can also create these dark patches, as well as hormonal fluctuations. You can probably get them during pregnancy or menopause.

2Ways To Get Rid of Dark Spots

There are several ways to get rid of your dark patches. If you want a proper diagnosis, we recommend going to your dermatologist; they can tell you what you need to do and prescribe products. They will know your habits and find the root cause of your black spots.

What are the possibilities? Well, there are chemical procedures such as skin peels, or even laser treatment, but like any procedure, there are risks and consequences. Unless it has been recommended by your dermatologist, we recommend less harsh ways of lightening your skin, through creams or masks, as you can lighten your skin gradually and let’s face it, laser treatments sound a little scary, right?

3Lemon Juice

Lemon juice contains vitamin C which is an excellent ingredient for lightening your skin. It is super simple too! All you have to do is put a bit of lemon juice on a cotton pad before dabbing it on the affected area. Do this every day or two for the next two weeks to achieve a visible result.
Avoid going out in the sun directly after applying the lemon juice to your face as it can make your skin photosensitive.


A surprising yet effective remedy. Potatoes are a natural bleach that can, therefore, lighten your skin. Slice your potato and put the slices on your darker patches for a few minutes before washing your face in the lukewarm water.

5Papaya Fruit

Papaya fruit contains another key ingredient to lighter skin, enzyme papain, which exfoliates the skin, allowing new skin cells to appear. It also contains vitamin E, that can works wonders on your dark spots. Cut a slice of papaya and lay it on your dark patch for twenty to thirty minutes before washing your face with lukewarm water. Do this twice a day for two weeks for visible results.

6Rose Water

Rose water is a natural miracle product that can solve any skin issue. Mix rose water with sandalwood powder for a powerful overnight face mask. You will wake up feeling fresh and confident the next morning! If you want to know what else rose water can do for you, check out our article here.

7Baking Soda

Mix baking soda with a bit of water to make a thick paste and apply it to your face. It may surprise you, but baking soda can lighten those pesky dark patches. Do this two times a week to lighten your skin!


Turmeric is another surprising household item than can be useful for your dark patch problems! Mix it with milk and lemon juice and leave it on the problem areas overnight, then just wash it off the next morning! Turmeric is also good for improving your blood circulation, and for exfoliating your skin. The vitamin C in it also gets rid of scars.


Cucumber in any form, juiced or pureed, is one of the best home remedies out there to tackle hyperpigmentation. Vitamin C soothes skin irritations, and cucumber lightens your skin so that you can say goodbye to those dark patches! It helps restore the protective acid in the skin as they share the same pH. For a soothing and refreshing face mask, we recommend mixing half a cucumber (pureed) with a tablespoon of natural yogurt and leaving it on your face for fifteen to twenty minutes before washing it off with warm water.

10Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera stimulates the growth of new skin cells, which is just what you need to get rid of those dark patches. It also brightens them up, giving you a more even and glowing look. And of course, it nourishes your skin and makes it super smooth. Rub Aloe Vera into your dark spots, or even sunburn, and watch it work its magic!

11Other Alternatives

If you want an even more natural solution, why not use a face or body brush on those dark patches. Scrub once a day and those dark patches will be gone in a flash. Otherwise, we have some incredible products to recommend to you!

12Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream

The Sunday Riley is an amazing product that leaves your skin smooth, and it works a dream on your dark spots. It’s perfect for any skin type, even the most sensitive of skin. If you also suffer from dry skin, then this is the perfect cream for you! Apparently, your skin moisture will increase by 68% in less than 15 minutes; that’s how brilliant it truly is! Though it is pricey, it is well worth the money, and you can find it in your nearest Sephora!

13Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector & Optimizer

Clinique’s serum wakes up your skin and makes it glow! It evens out the dark patches as if by magic and gets rid of the dullness. Use this twice a day with moisturizer for radiant, photo-ready skin, and apply this to your neck to avoid dark patches there too! Clinique do a brilliant range of products for this very problem, including a hand cream for those of you who work outside and are exposed to the sun a lot!

14Lancôme DreamTone Ultimate Dark Spot Corrector

This product pretty much does what it says on the box. It targets all your imperfections, and you will forget about them in no time! It will even out unwanted tones and give you flawless skin. Your skin will appear healthier, nourished and smooth. We recommend using it every day for a month to notice the striking difference in your skin.

15Skin Inc. Chlorella Serum Brighten & Tackle Spots

The Skin Inc. is a cheaper option if you are a girl on a budget – at $45, you can’t go wrong! This serum revitalizes your skin and gets rid of the uneven skin colors. It nourishes your skin and makes it super soft too! Also, there is no nauseating chemical-like fragrance which is always a worry with cheaper products.

16Peter Thomas Roth Brightening Bubbling Mask

This bubbling mask brightens and hydrates your skin, so if you are a victim of dry skin, then this is your miracle product! It reduces fine lines and wrinkles, as well as treats your problem of dark spots. Put a large amount of the product on your face and massage it into your skin once or twice a week, leave it on for five to ten minutes before washing it off. You can tell this product is working from a cooling sensation. If you are heading out to spend a day in the sun, Don’t forget to apply sunscreen over this mask, as it doesn’t protect your skin from the sun!

17DermaDoctor Photodynamic Therapy Age Spot Eraser & Skin Brightener

This lotion is smooth and feels refreshing on your face. It tackles those problem areas and sorts out other skin issues such as dry skin. It is also a dermatologist-tested product, so you know it’s going to be high quality. It gives you a gorgeous luminous complexion and deals with signs of anti-aging too.

18Origins Dr. Andrew Weil For Origins Mega-Bright Dark Spot Correcting Night Mask

Go to sleep care-free with this efficient and powerful mask from Origins! Just pop it on before you go to sleep and in the morning you will look wide-awake with glowing and even skin. It also gets to the root cause of discoloration and can help to prevent further problems occur. For $56, you get a lot of product, and plus, a little goes a long way, meaning that this could last you several months if you are planning on using it on an everyday basis.

19GlamGlow FlashMud Brightening Treatment

This product brightens your skin and soothes it too. It improves skin tones and makes you look incredibly radiant. Use this product to pre-exfoliate your skin by leaving it on for twenty minutes. This is the amount of time needed for your skin to absorb the ingredients, before washing it off with warm water. You must use this product at least three days in a row for a noticeable difference.

20How To Avoid New Dark Spots

One of the causes of dark spots is due to high exposure to UV rays. When you use any of the products we have recommended or tried any of the home remedies, do not go straight into the sun, as otherwise applying your cream or treating your skin will be pointless and have no positive effect and can possibly damage your skin more. Always remember when you are in the sun to wear sunscreen and a hat, to avoid burns and scars.

Keep your hands away from your face, do not pick your pimples or spots, and it will make your skin color uneven. Dark spots appear when your acne or pimples disappear, so bare this in mind before touching your face! To avoid spots in the first place, apply coconut oil overnight, and the next morning you’ll be as fresh as a daisy!

Another cause can be medication, so if you think that your medication has been causing your skin troubles, then talk to your doctor about it, as there is always an alternative!

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