The most common reason for dark spots on the face is the sun. Constant exposure to the harsh UV rays can cause skin discolouration which is popularly known as hyperpigmentation in the skincare world. Other reasons for dark spots on your face can be acne scars or blemishes and hormonal changes.
Let’s admit it! We all want to get rid of acne or pimples as fast as possible. But do you know what’s worse? When a bout of acne leaves behind scars or black spots on the face which can take days on end to fade *argh*
You’re also at the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation that develops when skin inflammation caused due to a minor injury takes a long time to heal. Also, when certain skin cells have more melanin than others, it often results in darker skin patches. Melanin is what gives your skin its colour. As you age, the melanin production in your body deteriorates. This situation is commonly referred to as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Well, anybody experiencing an uneven tone would probably first reach for a skin lightening cream. You don’t want the dark spots on your face to come in the way of your beauty game, do you? You’ll be happy to know that apart from some over-the-counter prescriptions, there are also a few home remedies that can help you get rid of black spots on the face.
Here are a few effective natural remedies you need to inculcate in your regular skincare routine.
#1: Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is known to be the most inexpensive elixir that helps keep your beauty game top notch. Apart from controlling excess greasiness, treating acne and softening your hair, ACV has a number of beauty benefits. This pantry staple helps kick start cellular growth which means that new skin cells surface quicker (read: visibly clear skin).
All you need to do is mix together equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water in a small bowl. Soak a cotton ball in the solution and sweep it across your face gently. Alternatively, you can only apply it to the affected areas. Leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. Repeat this home remedy to treat dark spots on the face at least twice a day for effective results.
#2: Potato slices
Packed with essential nutrients such as potassium, vitamin B6, zinc, phosphorus and vitamin C, potatoes are a great remedy to treat black spots on the face. The sugar and starch present in potatoes have exfoliating properties that help you get rid of dead skin cells and accelerate the growth of new skin cells. And that’s not all! Using potatoes on your skin can also boost collagen production.
All you need to do is take a potato and cut it into small, thin slices. Moisten the slices with water and then place it on the affected area and leave it on for about 10 to 15 minutes. It’s best to use this remedy at night just before hitting the sheets. You will wake up to fresh, glowing and spotless skin with continued use.
High amounts of lactic acid in curds, milk and buttermilk make them an effective home remedy to fade dark spots on the face. Loaded with vitamins A, D, B12, B6, biotin and lactic acid, buttermilk is not only beneficial for your general health, but also for the health of your skin. These essential nutrients help remove dead skin cells and lighten black spots on the face. It also helps rejuvenate collagen in the skin and fights age spots.
How do you use buttermilk in your skincare routine, you ask? Simply soak a cotton pad in buttermilk and sweep it across your face. Alternatively, you can use it only on the affected areas. Leave it to dry for about 20 minutes before washing with clean water. Repeat this easy-peasy home remedy daily for faster results.
We all know about the health benefits of oatmeal. But, you’ll be surprised to know that this breakfast staple is also a boon for your skin. Oatmeal has amazing anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and exfoliating properties that help clear away dead skin cells and calm itchy, irritated skin. Apart from lightening pigmentation, oatmeal is also a great remedy for all those with excessively oily skin. Packed with saponins, oatmeal acts as a natural cleanser, keeping dirt, bacteria and oil from clogging pores.
To prepare an oatmeal face mask to treat those dark spots on the face, all you need to do is mix together three tablespoons of oatmeal with one tablespoon of honey and milk each. Apply the paste onto the affected areas and leave it on until it dries completely. Lastly, rinse with lukewarm water. While oatmeal exfoliates the skin, honey and milk help moisturize and fade the dark spots.
#5: Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera is known for its soothing properties. Whether you’re dealing with inflamed skin, redness or bumps, aloe vera can give you instant relief. And, you’ll be happy to know that aloe vera gel is good news for pigmentation, too. Yes, you read that right! Packed with antioxidants like vitamins A, E and C, aloe vera helps fade dark spots on the face and even out your skin tone. Aloe vera can be a rescue agent for sun-damaged skin. The vitamin C found in aloe vera can help you get rid of black spots on the face and brighten your complexion.
Extract the gel from a fresh aloe vera stem. Then mix it with some freshly grated cucumber, a few drops of lemon juice and one tablespoon of sandalwood powder. Apply this paste on the affected areas and let it dry completely. Once dry, rinse your face with ice cold water and pat dry.
FAQs about Black Dark Spots on Face:
Q. What skincare ingredients help treat dark spots on the face?
A. Skincare ingredients such as kojic acid, glycolic acid, azelaic acid, vitamin C and retinoids can help speed up the process of fading dark spots on the face. Using products with such skin lightening ingredients in your daily skincare routine can treat hyperpigmentation.
Q. Does baking soda help remove dark spots?
A. Owing to its bleaching properties, baking soda can help fade away black marks and spots on the skin. However, it’s important that you mix baking soda with other natural ingredients as it can be harsh on your skin if used topically. You can add lemon juice to baking soda to create a smooth paste and use this as a spot treatment.
Q. How do I get rid of dark spots caused by pimples?
A. As soon as you notice that your pimple has started to fade, don’t be in a rush to apply any exfoliating acids on the area. This can further deepen the black marks or spots. When the spot is still red, your skin is not yet ready to be exfoliated. So wait until the pimple has healed and then use retinol-infused products every night before hitting the bed to speed up skin cell regeneration.