Remove Dark Spots Naturally

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.

Lemon Juice

Lemons have a lot of natural acids, and these acids not only lighten the skin but help the skin cells shed quickly.  Here is a simple way to use lemon juice to treat dark spots:

  • 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.

Red Onion

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. 

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  1. madhusmita says:

    Hi, I am from India, 30 years old women. For few months lately when I am outdoors, some pigmentation appears on my face and after few days, turns into darks spots with some itching. But when I stay at home for some days, these are reduced. Again they come back when I go outdoors. So please help me by giving some tips for home remedies.

    1. HealthySkinSolutions says:

      It sounds like you have Melasma – although you should have a doctor confirm this. The best way to prevent the dark spots and patches from appearing when you go outdoors is to wear sunscreen every day (sunscreen with zinc oxide is best). If you do not have sunscreen, wear a wide hat to prevent the sun from touching your face. There are things you can do at home to fade dark spots in the article above.

  2. frank deco says:

    I am 31 years old – sometimes my acne spots turn to dark spots – how can I avoid this?

    1. HealthySkinSolutions says:

      Frank – acne scars are not uncommon and depending on your Skin Type they can turn dark after they have healed. The key is to avoid picking your skin – but there are other things you can do to avoid acne scars. We have lots of articles about acne, treating acne, home remedies, and how to prevent acne. Please keep reading and if you have questions, write to us again or visit a Dermatologist in your area for some professional advice and help with your skin.

  3. HealthySkinSolutions says:

    Greetings Florida! Thanks for the positive feedback – we are delighted that you found us. Hope you enjoy the site… and thanks for taking the time to write to us – we do appreciate it.