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How to Get Rid of Dark Spots

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Dark spots, or hyperpigmentation, caused by age, sun exposure, and acne may not be harmful to your health, but they can certainly be annoying. Read this article to learn about the various treatment options available to help fade dark spots over time.

Steps

DIY Methods

  1. Use lemon juice.Lemon juice has natural bleaching properties, which can help reduce the appearance of dark spots and create more even, lighter skin. Rub freshly squeezed lemon juice onto your dark spots and leave the juice on for about 10 minutes before rinsing. Repeat this treatment three times a week.
    • Lemon juice dries out the skin and makes it hypersensitive to the sun, so it is important to follow this treatment with a moisturizer and sunscreen.
  2. Use apple cider vinegar.Apple cider vinegar works by speeding up the process by which your skin naturally sheds, which can help even out skin tone.Dab the vinegar onto your dark spots with a cotton ball and leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing.
  3. Use red onion.The acid in onions has natural skin-lightening properties, which can help fight dark spots.Extract the juice from the onion by either squeezing it or putting it in the blender. Use a cotton ball to dab the juice onto your dark spots and leave it on for about 10 minutes before rinsing. Repeat this treatment daily.
  4. Use garlic.Cut a fresh garlic clove in half and rub it onto your dark spots. Alternatively, blend the garlic in a food processor to create a paste and use a cotton swab to dab it onto your skin. Leave the garlic on for 30 minutes to an hour and then rinse.
  5. Use a needle.*Caution! Read warnings about this method* If you want to lighten a dark spot, take a needle and SOFTLY prick the area. Not enough to make it bleed, of course, but enough so that the skin on it appears to flake a bit. Don't peel it off, but leave the area for a few days. Eventually, the skin flakes off, leaving you with a lighter spot than before.

Treatment Options

  1. Try a skin-lightening cream.There are prescription dark spot treatments on the market that contain a skin-lightening agent called hydroquinone.Additionally, topical cysteamine has also proven effective treating pigmentation.With continued use, these types of lotions can fade existing dark spots and create a more even skin tone.
    • The bleaching agent in hydroquinone creams may cause temporary itching, burning, redness, and other discomfort.
    • Non-prescription lotions are also available that claim to treat dark spots. Most major cosmetic companies like Clinique, Estée Lauder, Maybelline, Proactive, and Garnier carry such products.
    • Avoid skin-lightening creams that contain mercury, as this chemical can be toxic in humans.
  2. Get laser therapy.Laser treatments are available that target melanin-producing cells, which are responsible for skin pigmentation.Laser therapy can gradually lighten the appearance of dark spots after several treatments.
    • Laser therapy carries some risk factors, which include discoloration of the skin.
  3. Consider a chemical peel.This treatment involves applying an acid to the skin that causes the outer layer to peel and a new, fresh layer to form underneath it.You may need to get multiple treatments before seeing the results you want.
    • It is important to protect your skin from the sun following this type of treatment. Like laser therapy, chemical peels carry a risk of skin discoloration.

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  • Question
    How can I get rid of a dark mark on my leg?
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    The advice here will work for your leg.
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  • Question
    How can I remove dark spots on my face?
    wikiHow Contributor
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    Putting toothpaste on the spots for about 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
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  • Question
    How do I remove dark spots on my hand and leg?
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    Squeeze the juice from the lemon and put a tablespoon of sugar on it to create a paste. Apply it directly to your hands and legs and wait for 10-15 minutes before rinsing.
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  • Question
    Can I use honey for spots?
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    Yes. Put some on the spots, put a bandaid over it and leave it on for as long as you can (preferably overnight). Then wash it off.
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  • Question
    How long should I apply toothpaste on my dark skin in a day?
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    Try applying fresh lemon juice on your skin instead. Apply it before you go to bed and before you go outside.
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  • Question
    I have a huge dark spot on my chin, and I used apple cider vinegar to get rid of it, but it started to burn. Is that good or bad?
    Makena O'Hara
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    It depends on how bad it hurt. If it was just a little uncomfortable, then that's normal, if it was really burning, don't use the vinegar again. Try a different method.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Is it all right to apply both an anti-wrinkle cream and a sunscreen at the same time? If so, which should be applied first?
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    Use anti-wrinkle cream first; wait about a minute, then put on sunscreen.
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  • Question
    How do I get rid of dark spots on my legs?
    wikiHow Contributor
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    Mix lemon juice with a tablespoon of sugar to create a paste. Apply it directly to your hands and legs and wait for 10-15 minutes before rinsing.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Does lemon juice in a bottle work the same as freshly squeezed?
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    Yes it does, as long as it doesn't have artificial ingredients and it's pure lemon juice.
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  • Question
    Can I squeeze the lemon and save it for later use?
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    Yes, it will keep for a few days if you put it in a plasic bag and keep it in the fridge.
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Quick Summary

To get rid of dark spots quickly, dab apple cider vinegar onto your dark spots with a cotton ball and leave it there for a few minutes before rinsing it off. Garlic works too if you cut a clove of it in half, rub it onto your dark spots, and leave it there for 30-60 minutes. You can also go to a dermatologist and get laser therapy to gradually lighten dark spots, or a chemical peel which removes the top few layers of skin.

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  • The best way to prevent dark spots is to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Always wear sunblock before prolonged exposure to sunlight, and wear hats to protect your face.

Warnings

  • Always weigh the risk factors of whatever skin-lightening treatment you choose to determine whether the potential risks are worth the potential rewards.
  • Check with a dermatologist before attempting to treat dark spots yourself.
  • Although using a needle (DIY Methods) can be effective,Proceed with Caution. Donotuse that method on moles, as you can get an infection.

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