What Causes Dark Spots and Patches on the Face?
Many adults suffer from melasma, a form of hyperpigmentation in which areas of skin become darker than their surroundings. These stubborn dark patches, which can be found anywhere on the face (forehead, cheeks, nose, etc.), are caused by an overproduction of melanin from pigment cells called melanocytes. While melasma won't affect your overall health, its characteristic dark spots can often look unsightly, causing distress in those who have it.
Read on to discover some effective ways to eliminate and fade these blemishes and make them less noticeable. Learn about the best and most current treatments and choose from a variety of methods for correcting an uneven skin tone. This article will also teach you about the causes of melasma so that you can prevent it from developing in the first place.
What Is Melasma?
There are a number of possible causes of skin hyperpigmentation, some of which can be quite serious. As a precaution, it's best to consult with a dermatologist if you notice any skin discoloration early on in order to rule out pre-cancerous changes and skin cancer.
One of the more common forms of hyperpigmentation, however, is melasma, which is characterized by unsightly dark spots on the face, forehead, cheeks, and area above the upper lip. These spots typically appear on both sides of the face in a similar shape and pattern and can range in color from tan to dark brown to black.
The color of the spots varies based on the ethnicity of the person. For dark-skinned people, the color will be more towards brown and black patches. In pale individuals, they may appear tan or light brown. Skin spots can occur on both males and females, people of all ages, and all skin tones depending on the underlying cause. Similarly "liver spots," another common term for hyperpigmentation, generally develop on individuals 50 and older from a lifetime of sun exposure and are considered part of the natural aging process.
The good news is that these frustrating blemishes can be easily remedied and reduced—choose from medical procedures to all-natural DIY remedies that can be used from the comfort of your home. As always, developing a proper skin-care regimen and using methods to prevent sun damage is the best way to combat unsightly sunspots.
Common Types of Hyperpigmentation
Pale brown, brown, or dark spots and patches on the face
Hormones, pregnancy, and sun exposure
Liver Spots ("Solar Lentigo") and Age Spots
Small brown or dark patches on the face, arms, shoulders, and hands
Age (50+), sun exposure, and pale skin
Red or brown spots of irregular shape that appear at birth or shortly after
Extra pigment-producing cells or blood vessels
First appear in adolescents or in adulthood; pink, light brown, black, raised; regular or irregularly shaped
Skin lesion development during adulthood; often benign but sometimes cancerous
Small, brown spots varying in color and often patterned
UV radiation/exposure and genetics
10 Home Remedies for Dark Spots on the Face
Even the most aggressive treatment options can take some time to work. In the meantime, there are a lot of things you can do to minimize the appearance of dark patches and make them less noticeable. Whether you have sensitive skin and want to avoid irritation or are working with an acne-prone skin type, you can choose from serums, moisturizers, and creams or more aggressive treatments such as spot correctors, bleaching products, and medical treatments.
As an added bonus, many of these natural remedies not only reduce melanin production but encourage skin cell turnover—reducing wrinkles, moisturizing dry skin, reducing fine lines, and improving total skin condition. You may want to try some of these home remedies first, especially if you notice the discoloration in its beginning stages.
Before trying any of the methods recommended below, check with a qualified professional as each individual's health-care needs will vary; this is especially true of women who are pregnant or nursing, those who are currently on medication, and people with sensitive skin.
If the dark patches are new, they may only cover the first few layers of skin. In that case, manually exfoliating the area could be a solution. Here's how:
- Find an exfoliating cleanser of your choice and apply it to the area in a circular motion. Depending on your product, you may want to wet your face before you start.
- Massage the product into the skin and rinse.
Exfoliate once a day or every other day until you can analyze how your skin handles the treatment. Thereafter, repeat once or twice a day for best results.
2. Citrus Rub
Citrus fruits contain a significant amount of ascorbic acid, which can remove the top layer of skin without damage. (Note: Consider testing lemon juice on a small patch of skin before beginning.) Here's how to make a citrus rub:
- Squeeze the lemon juice onto a cotton ball.
- Dab it on your skin and leave it on for 20 minutes.
- Repeat once or twice a day for best results.
DIY Honey and Lemon Face Mask
Another alternative would be to make a honey and lemon face mask:
- Mix the juice of half a lemon with two teaspoons of honey.
- Apply to the affected area for 30 minutes and then wash well.
DIY Lemon-Tumeric Lightening Paste
Another option would be to make a paste of lemon juice with turmeric, which is also a skin-lightening agent:
- Add one tablespoon of lemon juice to one tablespoon of turmeric.
- Apply the paste to the face for 15 minutes.
- Wash with warm water.
3. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and can help your body repair damaged cells. You can apply vitamin E oil directly to the skin and/or eat foods high in vitamin E such as nuts, avocado, leafy greens, tofu, and squash. Vitamin E capsules and serums are sold in most major markets and are fairly affordable.
Papaya contains papain, an enzyme that helps exfoliate the skin. Papaya also contains large amounts of vitamins C and E, which makes this fruit ideal for reducing discoloration. Here are two ways to use this super-food:
- Try applying a small piece of the fruit to the affected area twice a day for 20–30 minutes.
- Blend the papaya into a paste for a face mask and apply it for 30 minutes.
5. Folic Acid
A number of studies link melasma to a deficiency of folic acid, a type of B vitamin, and folic acid is frequently prescribed by obstetricians to pregnant women with melasma. So, it's highly recommended to take supplements and eat foods that contain a lot of of this key nutrient per your doctor's recommendation. Such foods that are high in folic acid include green, leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, beans, and whole grains.
6. Licorice Root
Licorice root has been widely used for hundreds of years in traditional medicine. It contains glabridin and licochalcone A—two powerful antioxidants:
- Glabridin can help reduce sun damage and inhibits the synthesis of melanin, which contributes to the development of sunspots after exposure to UV radiation.
- Licochalcone A also helps to combat free-radicals and inflammation, so it is especially beneficial for people with eczema and rosacea.
Consider taking licorice root as a tea or incorporating it into your diet as it's especially good for hyperpigmentation and acne scars.
Aloe vera is proven to help reduce dark spots and hyperpigmentation thanks to aloin, a compound that naturally depigments skin. According to dermatologist and laser surgeon Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj, aloe is also rich in vitamin C, E, and beta carotene. An extremely gentle remedy, it can be used in gel form or harvested directly from the plant and applied to the skin. If purchasing a product, be sure to avoid anything that contains chemical additives.
Honey naturally contains alpha-hydroxy acids which help to exfoliate the skin and hydrogen peroxide, a natural anti-microbial. According to Peter Molan of the Honey Research Unit at University of Waikato, New Zealand, honey reduces blemishes on acne-prone skin and thereby helps to improve uneven complexions. Honey also helps to draw moisture from the environment to keep skin hydrated. Raw honey is the best form to buy—as processed honey often contains corn syrup and is adulterated with additives.
Arbutin is found in natural substances like cranberries, blueberries, and bearberry leaves. Once it enters the body, it breaks down into glucose and hydroquinone—one of the most commonly used skin-brightening components that prevents cells from producing melanin.
Alpha arbutin, which is the preferred form of arbutin, is found in bearberry leaves. It's water-soluble, works on all skin types, and is especially effective when combined with vitamin C. Since synthetic hydroquinone is only available by prescription, consider incorporating arbutin-containing foods in your diet.
10. Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is naturally produced in the skin and is found in all tissues of the body. It helps to support tissue structure—adding thickness to the dermis where collagen is found. A natural humectant (1 gram of HA can hold up to 6 liters of water), it draws moisture from its surroundings, which helps to boost hydration levels for all types of skin.
When used in conjunction with vitamin C, these powerful antioxidants help to diminish sunspots. HA can be taken orally as a supplement but it is best used topically unless prior approval is granted by a health-care professional. You may also acquire it in your diet in foods like soy, citrus, bone broth, starchy root vegetables, and leafy greens.
Medical Treatment Options That Can Get Rid of Melasma
Skin treatments have made enormous strides in recent years. There are many good procedures available to get rid of hyperpigmentation. As always, work with certified/licensed health-care professionals and communicate your needs to your doctor before proceeding. Below are some of the most popular procedures:
1. Discontinue Hormonal Contraception
Since melasma is usually caused by changing levels of estrogen and/or progesterone, discontinuing hormonal contraceptive pills and IUDs can often be a good first step. Never discontinue your contraceptive without first notifying your doctor and/or discussing alternatives.
2. Topical Bleaching Creams
The first line of treatment for melasma is usually a topical acid treatment (containing hydroxy acids) and is designed to remove the discolored layers of skin. You can find over-the-counter versions of these treatments and stronger prescription-strength ones as well. If you want an over-the-counter product, look for one that contains kojic acid, arbutin, and lactic acid.
Can Pregnant Women Use Skin-Bleaching Creams?
If you're pregnant, you can take all the necessary steps to prevent and treat melasma. However, you should avoid skin-bleaching creams. Most pregnancy-related cases of melasma clear up after giving birth, so it might be best to use a concealer in the meantime.
3. Alpha-Hydroxy Acids
Alpha-hydroxy acids are naturally occurring acids found in foods like citrus (citric acid), apples (malic acids), and grapes (tartaric acid). They work by removing dead skin cells on the top layer of skin. According to WebMD, alpha hydroxy acids are good for combating epidermal-type and mixed-type melasma. Those who used 10% glycolic acid over two weeks followed by a facial peel saw an overall reduction in hyperpigmentation.
4. Salicylic Acid
Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid or BHA (versus alpha-hydroxy acid or AHA, in which molecules are separated by only one carbon atom) that comes in a prescription-strength form. It is generally derived from willow bark. AHAs (e.g., glycolic and lactic) are water-soluble, but BHAs are oil-soluble. BHAs can penetrate deeper into the skin than AHAs and dissolve the components of clogged pores. Through a keratolytic process, BHAs effectively get rid of the top layer of skin cells, thereby offering great exfoliating properties.
Hydroquinone is a very effective skin-lightening agent. There is some controversy over its safety, however. In 2006, the FDA withdrew its approval based on evidence that suggested it could potentially cause cancer. However, the American Academy of Dermatology disagrees with the FDA. The group insists that, used under proper supervision, hydroquinone poses no health risks. Hydroquinone creams at 2%-strength are available over the counter, while more concentrated versions require a doctor's prescription.
Retinoids, derived from vitamin A, increase the rate of skin regeneration. Retinoid products are only available by prescription, however, because of the potential health risks to the fetus in pregnant women. Retinoids work by prompting dead skin cells to regenerate more quickly. Be aware that these products can also result in skin irritation.
7. Chemical Peels
Chemical peels improve and smooth skin texture and contain concentrated levels of acids. They work by removing dead cells on the surface of the skin and expedite regeneration, leading to a smoother and healthier complexion. Done under the supervision of a dermatologist, chemical peels can successfully get rid of dark patches.
Microdermabrasion is a procedure that uses tiny crystals to "sandblast" the upper layers of the skin off. It is performed by a dermatologist or surgeon, who will administer a local anesthetic. The procedure is usually repeated once a month over several months. Dermabrasion will smooth skin, resulting in the reduction of wrinkles, pigments, and scars.
9. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
IPL is a laser treatment that uses quick pulses of light to destroy pigment-causing melanin. The skin repairs the damage caused by the laser, leaving a lighter skin tone once it has healed. This procedure is more expensive than other methods and can, at times, be painful.
Steroid creams can be applied to affected areas to treat melasma by slowing down down the regeneration process of skin cells, leading to a reduction in the number and activity of pigment-producing cells.
How to Prevent Melasma
As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Melasma, in particular, can be difficult to get rid of once you have it, so prevention is always your best bet. Here are some ways to avoid developing melasma in the first place:
- Stay out of the sun and tanning booths completely.
- Always apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, even if you're just leaving the house for five minutes to run errands.
- Reapply sunscreen every few hours.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to further keep the sun out of your face.
What Causes Melasma and Brown Patches on the Skin?
No definitive cause of melasma has been pinpointed, though doctors have identified a number of possible triggers:
- Hormonal imbalances: Melasma occurs more frequently in women than men and is often associated with hormonal changes. Women who are pregnant, taking hormone replacement therapy or hormone-based birth control are especially susceptible. With pregnant women, these dark patches are often called the "mask of pregnancy" and typically last until the end of the pregnancy.
- Sun exposure: UV exposure is considered the leading cause of melasma. Certain medications such as anti-seizure drugs can make skin more sensitive to the sun, increasing the risk of developing melasma.
- Scented soaps and deodorant: Some products may irritate the skin, making it more sensitive to sun damage.
- Hypothyroidism: Melasma has been associated with low levels of thyroid hormone. Do check thyroid hormone levels regularly and work with your doctor to keep levels within acceptable limits.
Who Is Predisposed to Developing Melasma?
- Women: Men make up only one-quarter of people diagnosed with melasma.
- People with darker skin: People who tan easily or already have higher melanin production are more likely to develop melasma.
- Those with a family history of it: One-third of people diagnosed with melasma report that a family member has also suffered from the condition.
What Are the Different Kinds of Melasma?
Not all cases of melasma are the same and the prognosis for treatment can vary based on whether it appears on the top layer of skin or on one of the lower layers. The list below details the different melasma types to help you identify what kind you may have (of course, always work with a medical professional for an official diagnosis):
Location: on the outer layer of skin
- Well-defined border
- Patches dark brown in color
- Responds well to treatment
Location: on the lower skin layers
- The most common type
- Poorly defined borders
- Light brown or bluish in color
- Responds poorly to treatment
- Bluish, light and dark-brown patches
- Moderate improvement with treatment
Consider Working With a Health-Care Professional
Melasma can be triggered by many factors and affects people of all ages and backgrounds. Natural remedies may be the initial way to go, but do talk to your health-care provider or dermatologist for proper counsel. Always work with licensed professionals and consider methods for prevention if you are seeing early signs of skin discoloration. As always, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so wear sun protection as often as possible.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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premk (author) on August 26, 2020:
Stress, Strain , Lack of sleep etc can cause dark eyes, do contact a dermatologist they will able to provide advice regarding the problem
Blessing on August 10, 2020:
I have black patch round my eyes, how can I get rid of it
hannah ebong on July 01, 2020:
my face is bad
Busola on June 26, 2020:
Hi ma'am, i have black spot on the two sides of my nose please what can i use for that n also have it on my forehead, cheeks and on my jaw
Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on March 31, 2020:
Very useful and informative article. I shall be trying some of those tips thank you
Getasew on March 06, 2020:
Near to my hair,there is a black patch on my forefront.When I take shower or wash my face,it looks like whitish. And sometimes it makes me to itch.What can I do ?
Terri on December 29, 2019:
Im 61 and notice my nose changing color, i do ware sunglasses alot but it kind of look sort of swollen on the tip also ans light...I'm African American, can someone plz tell me wht it is?
Ramya penneru on December 13, 2019:
How to get ride on dark black patches on face
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Hi hi on June 22, 2019:
Hi I am getting this patches on my face since last one year I consulted with the doctor I used all the cream's but no use so just I want to know can we do any other treatments for this?
Tara on June 14, 2019:
I need help your
Annapoorna.posani on April 07, 2019:
very good information on melisma
bilquees on January 09, 2019:
hi my face is dark spot and pigmentation please help me
Bilquees on January 09, 2019:
My name is Nosicelo on December 07, 2018:
I need something that can help me ,I hv dark sport on my face.its make me uncomfortable.there is any can help me plz
Syed shakir on November 14, 2018:
I am 20 year plz help me ...
How i can remove my face spots,stains and pimples
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mrs nilam on September 28, 2018:
hi my face is dark spot give mi some medicine
Clarissa Conklin on August 28, 2018:
I constantly battle hyper-pigmentation due to the immune suppressants I am on. I bought dermalmd lighting serum to help reduce the appearance of dark spots on my cheekbones, and forehead. It does its job but maybe is not best after exfoliating, as it can cause mild irritation. I use it at night, and see results in the morning.
Raghuveera on May 26, 2018:
I find a few days back that a black like patch appears on my back. What are the medication I have to take to remove this black patch.
Samina on April 25, 2018:
Great very good ideas
ellie on March 28, 2018:
Hi i have ugly dark spots on cheek area. How can I get rid of them. Please help
Lukundo on March 07, 2018:
Hi I have dark spots and acne on my face and I feel like every time I try to get rid of them they come back and I have tried all the natural methods of treatment please help me I don't know what to do.
Abdullah on February 03, 2018:
Hello, actually my face is full of dark spots because of acne so please guide me what can i do for removing of dark spots i am waiting for you answer. Thanks
Ray Mckinney on January 14, 2018:
Dark spot around the eyes I wear shade all the time
Charlotte Ayew on January 12, 2018:
Have being having deep brown patches on my forehead and spots on my cheek I need help
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Ivu on November 27, 2017:
Hi I am ivy 30yrs old .... since I am 10yrs old I am having brown spot on my face and now I am having on my hands also... please suggest me how to get rid off it.
Amr on October 24, 2017:
Hi I'm 45 years old I have a brown patch on my face I always get a dry skin on this area can you help me please
Ki lee on September 29, 2017:
I got dark brown patches in my face and nose.
It's been around 6 month I thought it's coz of sun. I even tried many cream went to see doctor but she also said same thing. Now it's becoming more darker and I really don't know what to do. Can you please tell me???
Mahesh on September 11, 2017:
I have full pimpels nd black spots on face plz i want to remove it hw can i do plz gve me the answer
alex on August 30, 2017:
Hi i have black spots in my face 'm 28 years and i have been suffered for a long please help
firstname.lastname@example.org on August 20, 2017:
under eye in both sides see a dark spot. what shall I do for remove?
Bridgett Kinsey on August 18, 2017:
Doesn't Baking Soda help bleach the skin?
Jennykushen21@gmail.com on August 18, 2017:
Am from Kenya and i really need your help because of my face it have alot of blackspot how can i do to change.. Thank you.
Gumedefikile671@gmail.com on August 11, 2017:
I have a dark mark in my face I was try everything's but still I have I don't know now what can ido for my face plz help me
Madleen martinez on August 08, 2017:
I have the same things on my face
azad malik on July 11, 2017:
Want to cure suffering from melasma since 20 years plz suggest me how to cure it systematically I am a women
Cici on July 09, 2017:
I never take a pregnancy pill.but still I hv a very deep dark spot in my face.can you plz can u give me a suggestions what should I do to remove its..its very embracing
Yaswanth on June 30, 2017:
I m suffering with dark skin , pimple scars and wrinkles i have undergone many treatments but there is no good result plz help me
Anitha on June 12, 2017:
Two weeks ago I used garlic on my face it became dark spots my my face below the eyes. How to remove this dark spot help me.
Priya r on May 04, 2017:
Hi ..I have dark patches on my forehead upper lips and chicks ...past 7 years ...I m very frustrated...I visited many doctors but I have no improvement.please suggest me what do I do
Gayaman anisha on April 21, 2017:
Hi I'm 25 years old , I have dark spot on my face ,,, I used the vacuum blackhead remover after that I used also cotton ball to remove the dark spot then suddenly my skin damage,, plz suggest me some remedies which can remove these black spot in my face ,,,thank you very much
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riz on April 06, 2017:
Hi on my face dark mark's could you pleas help me
Sarita Rai on March 30, 2017:
Can u plezzz help me get rid of dark spot on my face?
JeanWilliams on February 28, 2017:
My wife swears by Dermalmd lightening serum. She has issues with dark patches on her cheeks and around her upper lip. It has really helped make the spots less visible. She is Asian and started having the spots in her late 20's. I guess it is hormone related. She goes through a bottle about every 6 months.
sonu on February 17, 2017:
very good infomation. Thanks a lot.
Raaa on December 28, 2016:
melasma (lichubaba) are so irritating
Katie on December 17, 2016:
Does applying bleach to your skin work the same as the topical bleaching skin cream?
Guriya kumari on December 12, 2016:
There are many little mole and dark spot on my face . plz tell me what to do?
Khushi on December 12, 2016:
I have dark patches on my leg .wt shall I do for remove it
mona.. on December 06, 2016:
I am 33years of age & from the past one year I am suffering from black patches over my fore head, I tried evry home made remedies also went to the dermatologist but they are stubborn marks & are not getting removed. Pl let me know the best solution
Marion on November 28, 2016:
I have lighter spots and recently I dub an organic honey with organic apple cidar vinegar on my face.its kind of faded a bit.but not totally gone
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irshan on November 06, 2016:
Please tell us the permanent solution for melasma if you can. Is there any cream to remove melasma permanently.
Rinku on October 31, 2016:
Hi Dr, I have black patch on my forehead and dr suggested me for peel, is it effective and safe , pls suggest me should I go for it not
Reshma Joshi on October 18, 2016:
In my back i have found black spot. as per dermatologist is is not melasma.
can you please guide me the treatment
Payal on October 15, 2016:
Please suggest me some remedies I'm having dark patches on upper lips from last two years but it is not going it looks ugly
KIRTI NAHAK on October 07, 2016:
I have dark patches in my face & nose for 4 yrs back....i consult doctor and they give sunburn cream,uni white cream,melano tx-od tablet are regular use but no improvement.
Tellyannik on September 24, 2016:
Hi pls help me I have dark spots on both sides of ma cheek and its very unattractive n unpleasant. I don't have it at d middle just d sides. I have taken several lotions n cremes yet nothing happens. Pimples and dark spots. I even take a drug called ery....
kalai on September 20, 2016:
hi guys i'm 23 yr's old .And i have the dark patches in my nose ,under the eye. anybody remove our patches in completely plsss help me what i use ......
zohn on September 12, 2016:
Hi...am 24 yr old I have a dark patch on my nose how can I remove this plzz help me
kamala on September 07, 2016:
Hi I am 29yrs old , I have dark patched on my cheek, doctor give me ezkunorma skin cream I use the cream but it not work it's coming more n more, so plz tell me how can I remove the dark patched
vijay on September 02, 2016:
Doctor done 4 peel on my forhead but no improvement and creams are regular use in doctor advise but no improvement
Anitha on August 11, 2016:
I am having a kind of discoloration of skin on face, i have consulted many dermatologist and did all treatment, but no result. pls suggest me any way
vijayaballa on August 05, 2016:
hi.. actually i am facing some black spout and white spouts on my face i cant understand what i do please said any permanent solution
Phindile on July 19, 2016:
Hi iv got some problem in my face its changing I don't know what going on I'm very disappointed plz help I'm 27 years
saad on July 18, 2016:
hello i am 17 years old , i was born with this one brown spot on my upper left cheek . Please can i get rid of it or will it be there for the rest of my life ?
Himanshu on July 10, 2016:
I am 30 years of age & from the past one year I am suffering from black patches over my fore head, I tried evry home made remedies also went to the dermatologist but they are stubborn marks & are not getting removed. Pl let me know the best solution
pankaj on July 01, 2016:
Hi i m 21 yr old..and in my face their are many normal spots how can i full fill those spots.so i requested to you suggest me a best product.
Rida on July 01, 2016:
Iam female 27 and Iam preganant and I want to ask u I have got acne spot on my back neck and all back body past couple of year how to get rid off plz tell me
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sandeep on May 27, 2016:
Honey +lemon face mask is effective
Jackie on May 20, 2016:
Very good info! Thank you!
D m gurung on May 09, 2016:
I have black patches on the nose n brown dot on the fase plz suggest me same precautions
zuhaib hassan on May 02, 2016:
sir i have dark circle with my face and nose area so plz suggest any cream then remove the darkness
ish on April 27, 2016:
On both side of my eyes there is a dark scar, sometime in the night when i go to bed my eyes run water i dont know if that cause it or if its a face cream i use. please can you tell a home remedie or where i can go to get help. Thank you in advance.
ish on April 14, 2016:
On both side of my eyes there is a dark scar, sometime in the night when i go to bed my eyes run water i dont know if that cause it or if its a face cream i use. please can you tell a home remedie or where i can go to get help. Thank you in advance. YOURS TURLY ISH
doma on March 26, 2016:
my face has more and more black coming so plz help me how to remove that black i want to face white ,but black is coming more and more
premk (author) on March 20, 2016:
You should always check with a good dermatologist first. Follow the treatment option suggested by your dermatologist.
Black widow on March 16, 2016:
Change your diet, fruits and vegetables are best,no fried foods, cleanse your body,drink plenty of water, apply lemon on spots only and at night but rinse very well,,never apply lemon juice in the daytime and go outside because the sun will eat your face with the lemon juice on,, wear SPF always,,apply yogurt, buttermilk they contain natural acids that lighten your skin,
sana on September 08, 2015:
Hello mam plzz help.me in my small intestine ulcer is there.. on my cheeks,around mouth,forehead nd lower lip dark patches is there plzz help me how should I remove it m losing faith in my self I feel brass to go outside plZZ PLZZ HELP ME
shalu on September 03, 2015:
am twenty three years old, I've got black marks around my eyes due to furoate cream, how can i get rid of this, plz somebody tell me....
Thelma Alberts from Germany on August 02, 2015:
Thanks for the tips. I have to try those as I have seen 2 of those patches on my cheeks. Very new.
shila on June 28, 2015:
I have darkcircles under eyes what i should do to take care plzzz help
tridivesh on May 30, 2015:
Hello , a month ago I met a road accident and my cheek was rashed by road after occurrence of bleeding it turned into a brown layer and now its like a dark patch .....plzzzz help me to clear it and give a solution to get a normal skin....plzzzxx
keneth on May 17, 2015:
I'm 46 years and my face is very patchy and dull(dry) I have tried many medicated creams like betnovite , flucote , olemessa oil , calamine lotion etc. But there is no improvement in my skin so plz suggest some remedies to solve my problem and lime and aelovera does not suits my skin .
Neelima on April 04, 2015:
Hi am 21yrs old I have a dark spot on my cheek I used so many creams my doctor suggested for chemical pelling I have done 2 months ago but I have lite spot n some black spots around it my doctor suggested to use carofit ultra cream n dermadem aloe gel cream nw am thinking 2 use home remedies can my skin become normal??
Sid on March 28, 2015:
On my face 1 side there is big and very dark spot.. I try lemon,honey, all home indigriant but no change occurs... Plz tell me what I do? ? Plz plzz
C L Mitchell on February 24, 2015:
Thanks for writing such an in depth article on this problem. As you have pointed out, it's really important to know what type of melasma you have. I have tried IPL, laser, microdermabrasion and just about every kind of product on the market and they have not improved my melasma at all. Eventually I learned that I have the dermal type, which unfortunately does not respond to treatment. If only I had known that before wasting so much money on useless treatments. Don't expect the "specialists" at the treatment places to be honest with you - they just want your money. My only advice is to always wear a hat and a high quality broad spectrum sunscreen (UVA & UVB) to prevent the damage from occurring in the first place. Do this when your young, by 25 my permanent damage had already occurred and it was too late.
Bapi on February 14, 2015:
I am bapi, i am 33 year old,i have black spots in my face from past 5 years, this is not a pimples black spot. It is different like small cumin during these 5 Years i was go to many skin specialists doctors,but i am failed.so plz suggest me some remedies which can removes my these spot.i will very thankful 4ur this act.
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 01, 2015:
Interesting tips. I have some spots on my face that I wish are not there so will try some of these.
Pennyforyourthots on January 22, 2015:
Very informative article with a lot of helpful hints. Much appreciated!
Jacquelyn fuller from Woonsocket, Rhode Island on January 21, 2015:
This is very interesting because I have blemish spots stemmed from acne. I just started using blemish creme and I will start using other remedies along with it... Thanks for this article.
Joyette Helen Fabien from Dominica on January 21, 2015:
Very useful information here
deepika tadka on January 10, 2015:
I have black marks on cheeks plsssss give me suggestion. A
Pranita on January 04, 2015:
Can i use lemon on chemical peeled brown patches on face..
pranita on January 04, 2015:
Can i use lemon on chemical peeled brown patches