As we age, our skin can develop dark brown or black pigmentations, commonly called dark spots, sun spots, liver spots, or age spots. These range in color from light brown to red or black. There are many treatments that are highly effective at reducing or removing dark spots on the skin, including simple and inexpensive home remedies.
Before treating dark spots at home, first determine if they are harmless by consulting a dermatologist who will examine them and/or perform a cancer screening. If the spots turn out to be harmless, there are a few effective natural remedies that might work for you.
The goal of any treatment is to shed the dark skin cells and promote new cell generation – these natural remedies all help aid in that process.
- Simply apply fresh lemon juice directly to the dark spots for ten minutes. You can use a finger to rub the juice on the spots or apply with a cotton ball soaked in lemon juice. Fresh lemon juice is best, rather than lemon juice that has been bottled.
- Lemon juice can dry out the skin, so apply this treatment no more than three times a week for normal to oily skin or once a week for sensitive skin.
- Always follow with a moisturizer and a SPF sunscreen. Don’t miss this important step. Lemons make your skin photosensitive (sensitive to the sun). If you fail to protect your skin after treatment, you may end up with more dark spots than you started with.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar works in the same way lemons do to help with the natural shedding of dead skin cells. The difference is that apple cider vinegar has a particular pH balance that helps speed up the process of shedding, and also evens out the tone of the skin.
Just soak a cotton ball in the vinegar, then dab onto the dark spots. While it’s not the most pleasant smelling remedy, the smell only lasts a few minutes and then it disappears.
Just like lemons and vinegar, red onions are also high in acid to help remove brown spots on the skin. Simply cut a red onion in half and squeeze or press the juice from it. You could also use a blender to liquefy the onion which might be an easier way to extract the juice. Once you have the juice from the red onion, apply directly to the dark spots with a cotton ball or with your finger tip. Let it sit on your skin for about 10 minutes then wash it off with mild soap. You can do this up to twice a day.
Part of the onion family, garlic has natural enzymes that help diminish brown spots and even out the skin tone. Peel a fresh clove of garlic, crush it or press it to release the oils, and apply it to brown spots. This treatment can be done twice a day.
- Seeing Spots? What are Dark Spots on the Skin? (healthyskinsolutions.com)