Home Remedies for Dark Spots on the Face

by Carolyn Kay Neeley

There are a lot of home remedies for dark spots on the face, and all of them are relatively inexpensive and easy to make and use. However, since every person's skin is different and the cause of each person's facial dark spots may vary, there are a variety of methods that have been found effective for a lot of people; but you may need to try several before finding one that works for you. Also, try to be patient, as almost every home remedy for lightening or eliminating dark spots on the face takes time.

Medical Considerations

If you know that your facial dark spots are freckles, age spots, or birthmarks that you've had for a long time, then you don't necessarily need to worry about medical skin conditions. However, if the dark spots on your face are a recent development, or if they've changed in size, color, or shape, it is extremely important to consult a dermatologist to ensure that there is not a serious skin condition causing your spots. If in doubt, the best policy is always to consult a medical professional.

Sunscreen

Regardless of whatever other methods you may try, you should always apply a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to your face before going outside, and be sure to completely cover your dark spots since sun exposure often makes them darker.

Lemon Juice

Lemon (or other citrus) juice is an excellent tried and true skin lightener. Simply apply some of the juice to your dark spots and let it dry.

Peaches and Cream

Ever heard of a peaches-and-cream complexion? Well, mash up a peach, mix it with a little heavy whipping cream, and you've got a great facial cream that can help lighten and tone your complexion. Just leave the mixture on for about 15 minutes every day, and in a few weeks your skin will be lighter and brighter.

Milk & Honey

Another great home remedy for getting rid of dark spots is to mix buttermilk and honey into a medium-thick paste, spread on the face, and leave it on for up to 15 minutes. Then rinse it off and use a mild cleanser to remove the dead skin cells.

Aloe Vera

If you have an aloe vera plant, cut open one of the spikes and apply the juice directly to your skin. However, a store-bought aloe-vera extract helps to lighten dark spots on the face as well.

Other Considerations

Many of these remedies can be combined to get the best results for your skin. It is important also to care daily for your skin with gentle cleansers, and to exfoliate about once a week. In addition, a healthful diet with lots of vitamin E can keep your skin looking brighter and more vibrant.