How to Get Rid of Dark Scars on Black Legs

by Lynne Sheldon ; Updated July 18, 2017

Fade dark scars with a lightening cream.

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Dark scars can develop on black skin after a cut or other injury, and this is known as postinflammatory hyperpigmentation. The American Academy of Dermatology states that while people with all skin tones can develop this kind of scarring, it is more common among those with darker skin. Scarring is part of your body’s healing process. Most scars lessen over time, but you can use at-home remedies to speed the fading process. No magical treatments will wipe out your scars immediately, but some can help them become less noticeable.

Wash your legs with a cleanser or body wash to get rid of any dirt or oil. Dry your legs with a soft towel, and then apply a lightening cream with hydroquinone. Smart Skin Care notes that this medicated ingredient will help fade dark scars by blocking an enzyme that produces melanin, the pigment that darkens skin. It is available in over-the-counter creams or your doctor can give you a prescription-strength version. Smooth the cream over your scars, and wash your hands off when you finish.

At least five minutes after applying lightening cream, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen before you go outside. DermNet NZ states that this will help keep the sun and ultraviolet rays from darkening your scars. Slather your skin with a product that promises to protect you from both UVA and UVB rays, and allow it to soak in before going outdoors.

Cover your scars with clothing or conceal them with makeup while you wait for them to fade. Choose a foundation or concealer that matches your skin tone. Put some of the makeup on a flat brush, and then dab it onto your scar. Blend with the brush or fingertips, and repeat this until you achieve your desired coverage. Set the makeup by dusting on a translucent powder.


  • Reapply your sunscreen every two hours throughout the day if you are outdoors or have been sweating or swimming. You may need to reapply the makeup as well. Choose a concealer that includes a wand applicator and a powder in a compact for on-the-go coverage.

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About the Author

Lynne Sheldon has over 12 years of dance experience, both in studios and performance groups. She is an avid runner and has studied several types of yoga. Sheldon now works as a freelance writer, editor and book reviewer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and art history from Boston University and recently completed her Master of Fine Arts in writing from Pacific University.