There can be several reasons for black spots on the face, one of the most common being sun exposure. Black or brown spots can affect every skin type and appear out of nowhere, there’s no escaping this common skin problem. However, if you know what is causing black spots on the face and how to treat them effectively, you can achieve flawless skin and get rid of dull, mature looking skin. While some spots fade on their own others are too stubborn and require effective treatment. Here’s everything you need to know about the causes and treatment of black spots, read on to find out...

Causes:

 

Hyperpigmentation due to sun exposure

Hyperpigmentation due to sun exposure

A major cause of black spots on the face is due to the production of melanin which is caused by sun exposure. As the exposure increases so does the percentage of dark spots, this is also called Melasma. Other than the harmful UVA and UVB rays from the sun, dirt and impurities are also responsible for excess production of melanin in the skin cells. Hyperpigmentation is a common skin problem and can be avoided by wearing sunscreen during the day and applying it every few hours. No matter what your skin type, never skip sunscreen and carry a tube in your bag at all times.

 

Acne

Acne

Whether you have acne prone skin or not women with every skin type wake up with the uninvited guest (read acne) once in a while. These acne or breakouts almost always leave black spots on the face. Although they fade away with time, it is recommended to not touch or pick on your acne to avoid dark spots. Apply a night cream religiously as they help fade wrinkles and dark spots on the skin. Break the habit of frequently touching your face as this is one of the major causes of acne and breakouts on the skin.

 

Ageing

Ageing

The signs of aging do not appear at the same time for everyone. It all depends on your lifestyle and genes. But one of the most common signs of aging other than fine lines is black spots on the face. The skin loses its elasticity and is more prone to dark spots and damaged cells as you age. Spots that appear due to ageing are known as lentigines. It is recommended to use an anti-aging cream if you start noticing the signs of aging in your mid-twenties.

 

Removing facial hair

Removing facial hair

While not everyone will have the same effects from removing facial hair, sometimes threading, waxing and tweezing can cause the pores to get inflamed. This may also lead to black spots on the face, especially among those with sensitive skin types. While it is okay to get rid of facial hair, look for a method that does not irritate your skin. As dark spots caused due to these methods take much longer to heal and fade.

How to treat black spots on the face?

 

Aloe vera gel

Aloe vera gel

Aloe vera is the superhero of natural ingredients, brimming with vitamins A, B, C and E it naturally improves skin texture and discoloration. It also possesses anti-aging and skin nourishing properties which help fade and remove black spots on the face. Its antiseptic properties also kill germs and bacteria and prevent the occurrence of acne and pimples. Applying fresh or store bought aloe gel on a daily basis can work wonders for every skin type as it leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth.

 

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which is a natural skin lightening agent and is therefore recommended as an effective remedy for black spots on the face. Applying tomato paste or pulp on your skin can bring a natural glow to your face and leave it feeling soft and smooth. Tomato also works great as a toner as it has skin tightening properties, with regular use you will notice fine lines and enlarged pores disappearing from your face. Other than applying you can also consume raw tomatoes by adding them to your salads and reap maximum benefits out of it.

 

Chickpeas

Chickpeas

High in zinc, chickpeas are known for curing acne causing infections as well as black spots on the face. Its detoxifying properties correct discolouration as well as improve skin texture with regular use. Owing to its great combination of minerals and nutrients, chickpeas also have the power to repair damaged skin cells. You can use it as a face mask by mixing 4 tablespoons of crushed chickpeas along with 2 tablespoon of lemon juice. Apply evenly all over the face focusing on he spots and rinse off after 15-20 minutes. This face pack will also control excess oil while helping fade dark spots.

 

Raw milk

Raw milk

The lactic acid in milk soothes, calms skin and lightens facial spots. Topical application of raw milk not only lightens skin but also helps get rid of dead cells from the surface. The nourishing nutrients of milk penetrate deep into the pores and supply essential vitamins and minerals as well as prevent blackheads and acne. To fade black spots on the face take a cotton pad, pour a few drops of raw milk on it and dab on your facial spots every night before going to bed. Wash your face in the morning and see a healthy glow. You can also use raw milk to cleanse your skin after a long day to get rid of dirt and grime.  

 

Drink enough water

Drink enough water

One of the best ways to get clear and glowing skin is by getting rid of all the toxins from your body. While external care matters, what you consume also makes a difference. Drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water each day is the most natural way to get healthy and flawless skin. It flushes out all the toxins and waste from your body which means it helps black spots on the face heal and fade faster. Include fruits and vegetables with high water content such as cucumbers and watermelon in your diet.