How to Remove Acne and Dark Spots

by Stuart Biggs ; Updated July 18, 2017

A sliced aloe leaf.

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Acne forms when excess oils mix with dirt and skin debris and block the skin's pores. It is a common skin condition, especially for people in their teenage years, with up to 85 percent experiencing one type of acne at some point, notes the American Academy Of Dermatology. For some, the acne outbreaks can lead to scarring and the formation of dark blemishes. The dark spots are actually the body's natural healing process, working on the skin to restore collagen and blood vessels to the area. There are treatments you can use to help your body heal.

Use a gel or lotion containing aloe vera as a cleanser. The aloe vera will use its natural healing properties and antibacterial agents to cleanse pores and rejuvenate the skin, soothing the blemishes.

Use a paste mixed from baking soda and water. The paste should be pliable in texture. Massage this into the acne and dark spots. It will act as an exfoliant, which will not only help remove bacteria from the pores, but it will prevent new acne outbreaks. It will also use the baking soda's granules to erode away the dark spots and reveal the new skin beneath.

Visit your dermatologist for a chemical peel featuring glycolic acid. The glycolic acid will help remove the surface layer's dead skills and reveal the new lighter skin beneath. Glycolic acid is a natural extract derived from citrus fruits and is available in various degrees of strengths.

Apply honey in a thick layer to form a mask. Leave on for at least 30 minutes. Unprocessed natural honeys, available in health food stores, have antimicrobial qualities and natural rejuvenating agents which will help heal the inflamed acne pores and dark spots.

Moisturize your skin. Even though oily skin may be the cause of the acne, it is still important to keep the skin hydrated and to counterbalance the other treatments.

Tips

  • An aloe vera leaf can be chopped into pulp and smeared onto the area. Lemon juice and tea tree oil can act as substitutes. Manuka honey is a product with some medicinal recognition and available in health food stores. The honey could be put in a bandage dressing to save on mess and wear overnight. Olive oil can also be used as a natural moisturizer.

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About the Author

Stuart Biggs began writing in 2010 and specializes in health, beauty and lifestyle articles for various websites. Biggs graduated from Bournemouth University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in scriptwriting for film and TV.