Nobody prays for dark spots on the face. Everybody loves a smooth, flawless and even skin but, that is not always the case.
Hyper-pigmentation or “dark spots,” may be due to acne scars, excessive sun exposure, excess secretion of melanin on the skin, hormonal changes, vitamin deficiencies, lack of sleep and too much stress.
Dark spots, patches and other marks on the face can be embarrassing at times and some people try to cover it up with make-up.
You do not have to cover your face with heavy makeup or subject your delicate skin to harsh chemical treatments as there are simple and natural homemade remedies which can help reduce the appearance of dark spots and patches on the face.
Here are 10 ways to get rid of dark spots.
Slice the lemon and squeeze out the juice into a bowl. Dip a cotton swab into the bowl, then apply a few drops of lemon juice directly on the affected skin area. Let it dry, then rinse your face with cool water.
This is good for skin exfoliation. Make a paste of oatmeal and warm water. Apply all over the face and let it stay for some minutes. Wash it off with warm water. Do this once or twice a week.
Slice up a potato and place one slice directly on the black spots; leave on for a few minutes and then wash your face with lukewarm water.
4. Aloe Vera:
This is an effective remedy for healing skin stings, burns and brown spots. If you have an aloe plant at home, break off a small piece, squeeze the pulp into your hand and apply it directly to your dark spots.
Scrub a slice of tomato on your face daily or apply tomato juice directly on your face. Leave it on for 20 minutes. Thereafter wash off with cold water and use this recipe daily.
Also, honey mixed with tomato juice works wonders.
Onions have acidic properties that act to lighten dark spots on skin. Peel a red onion and process it in either a juicer or a blender. Use a cotton ball to dab some of the onion on your dark spots, and let it sit for 15 minutes, then rinse it off.
7. Milk and honey paste:
Milk is known as a natural lightening agent and honey works as a very good moisturizer. Mix some milk and honey in a bowl and apply on your dark spots. Leave it on for about 5-10 minutes and wash off. This will help lighten the spots completely.
8. Coconut oil:
This has a number of powerful anti-oxidants which makes it such a powerful dark spot remover. Regular application of this oil on the spots over a period of time reduces the spots and also prevents it from coming back.
9. Coconut water:
Coconut water contains cytokines and lauric acid that eliminates stubborn dark spots. Cut a fresh green coconut and pour the water into a bowl. Dip a cotton ball into the water and gently wipe all over the affected area. Rinse using lukewarm water.