Natural Remedies that May Help Reduce Dark Spots

October 4, 2014
If you'd like to know more about dark spots on the skin and some natural remedies that may help reduce them, read this article!

If you’d like to learn about dark spots and discover some natural remedies that may help reduce them naturally, then keep on reading.

Learn about dark spots

Before offering a few alternatives to reduce them, we’ll tell you what they are. Dark spots are changes in pigmentation that can be caused due to various factors such as sun exposure, genetics, liver problems, pregnancy, antibiotics, and many more.

They can appear as moles, freckles, or age spots.

Read more here: 5 Natural Remedies to Prevent Age Spots

Our alternatives

In this article, we offer you possible solutions that consist of natural remedies that may reduce dark spots. In this case, we’ll show you 5 effective, simple, and comfortable natural alternatives that may help you get rid of this pesky problem!

1. Lemon juice

Lemon juice possible benefits.

  • First, squeeze out the lemon juice.
  • Then, take a cotton ball and soak it in the juice.
  • Rub it directly on the affected areas for a few minutes
  • You can also use a lemon mask and scrub it on the affected areas. Do it for 5 minutes.

The citric acid in lemons may help exfoliate your skin and remove dead cells and allow your skin tones to match.

Beware: Don’t apply lemon if you’ll be exposed to the sun.

2. Aloe vera

Aloe vera gel.

  • Apply the aloe vera gel to your dark spots.
  • Scrub until your skin absorbs the gel and leave on.
  • Repeat the process every day.

The aloe vera gel may help lighten up your dark spots.

3. Papaya

Papaya.

  • First, peal a piece of ripe papaya.
  • Then, scrub the affected area with it.
  • Leave on and then clean your face off with cold water.
  • You can repeat this process 3 or 4 times a week.

The papain in papayas may help reduce the number of dead skin cells and other remnants of dark spots.

4. Onions

Chopped onion.

  • Take an onion and slice it.
  • Rub the slice on your affected area for five minutes.
  • You should repeat this process every day.

This is a very effective method that may help reduce these pesky spots.

5. Bananas and lemon

Bananas offer necessary calories. Not eating them deprives you of its benefits for your skin and digestive system.

This is a simple and effective method with a banana (or plantain) and the juice of 1 or 2 lemons.

  • First, peel and cut the banana or plantain in pieces.
  • Then, purée them.
  • Next, mix the purée with the lemon juice.
  • Apply it to your dark spots daily.

This homemade recipe may help match your skin’s tones.

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Will the remedies help?

It’s important to remember that these natural remedies depend on your consistency. Also, you should be sure to use fresh products and avoid being frequently exposed to the sun.

Extremely important!

Do these procedures only at night (or in a dark place). Sun exposure can worsen the issue so, as we said before, besides making your skin very sensitive, what it’s doing is playing a “game” with the natural products to balance the tone variations in your skin.

Be very careful and your dark spots may definitely lighten up!

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