What Causes Dark Spots?
Dark spots, also known as hyperpigmentation, occur when there is an excess production of melanin in certain areas of the skin. This can be caused by various factors such as sun exposure, hormonal changes, acne scars, and aging.
1. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent that can help lighten dark spots. Apply fresh lemon juice directly to the affected areas and leave it on for about 10 minutes before rinsing off. Repeat this process daily for best results.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has soothing and healing properties that can help reduce the appearance of dark spots. Apply fresh aloe vera gel to the affected areas and leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing off. Repeat this process twice a day.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar contains alpha hydroxy acids that can help exfoliate the skin and fade dark spots. Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water, and apply the mixture to the affected areas with a cotton ball. Leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing off. Do this once daily.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help lighten dark spots. Mix turmeric powder with milk or honey to form a paste. Apply the paste to the affected areas and leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing off. Repeat this process every other day.
5. Green Tea
Green tea contains antioxidants that can help reduce pigmentation and dark spots. Brew a cup of green tea and let it cool. Dip a cotton ball into the tea and apply it to the affected areas. Leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing off. Repeat this process twice a day.
6. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is known for its skin brightening properties. Apply a vitamin C serum or cream to the dark spots and massage it gently into the skin. Leave it on overnight and rinse off in the morning. Use this treatment daily for best results.
Potatoes contain enzymes that can help lighten dark spots. Grate a potato and extract the juice. Apply the juice to the affected areas using a cotton ball and leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing off. Repeat this process daily.
These natural remedies can be effective in reducing the appearance of dark spots on the face and body. However, it's important to note that results may vary depending on the individual. If the dark spots persist or worsen, it's recommended to consult a dermatologist for further evaluation and treatment.
Hyperpigmentation (better known as Dark Spots)is the production of excess melanin causing dark spots on the skin.
Age spots, liver spots, freckles, sun spots and even pregnancy mask are just a few of the different examples of hyperpigmentation.
Some of the causes include:
- Hormonal changes
- Botched skin treatments
- Sun Exposure
Of course, there are certain measures that are totally and completely out of our control such as heredity and hormonal changes but the things we can do to help prevent hyperpigmentation are key.
It’s all fun and games until someone gets a damn dark spot.
Everything just kind of comes out in the wash when your skin starts to lose its elasticity now doesn't it?
You REALLY start to see your TRUE colors (no pun intended)
We get to see the face behind the saying "I tan naturally, I don't need sunscreen".
Well I hate to be the one to break it to you but all those years basking away in the sun will come out to haunt you in middle age.
It’s not fair, I hate it, it's a total buzz kill, a nat at a barbecue if you will BUT the only way you can get rid of these annoying dark spots is by either preventing or repairing.
If you already have dark spots there are a few natural ways to fade them out and get your complexion back to its natural, beautiful, radiant self.
Some natural ways to repair your skin of dark spots:
- Exfoliation - exfoliation essentially triggers your skin to start repairing itself. Over time, fresh, new cells make their way to the surface while old, pigmented, dulling cells are exfoliated away. Many skin care professionals advocate a once- or twice-a-week exfoliating ritual. I recommend exfoliating every day, especially if you have acne-prone skin.
- Fruit Enzymes - Think of fruit enzymes as a form of gentle, non-abrasive exfoliation. Fruit enzymes soften and effectively exfoliate delicate skin helping to fade dark spots and dissolve dulling dead skin cells.
- Vitamin C - Vitamin C (used in a serum) is a bit of an overachiever when it comes to hyperpigmentation. Its antioxidant properties help to prevent hyperpigmentation from forming in the first place, and it also lightens surface pigmentation caused by UV damage and acne inflammation.
- Essential Oils - certain essential oils harness crazy healing power. Frankincense, geranium, rose, tamanu, and lavender are exceptionally adept at fading marks, diminishing scars, and generally reducing inflammation.
Natural products we recommended for dark spots:
- Citrus Twist Toning Mist
- Dark Spot Corrector
- Hyaluronic Acid Cleanser
- Triple Action Daily Moisturizer