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8 Natural Ingredients to Lighten Skin and Remove Dark Spots

Angie is a science teacher with an interest in a wide range of topics.

Here is a list of 8 ingredients from nature that are proven to really whiten the skin and offer an alternative to using synthetic products like hydroquinone creams.

Here is a list of 8 ingredients from nature that are proven to really whiten the skin and offer an alternative to using synthetic products like hydroquinone creams.

It’s hard to over-estimate the importance of taking care of your skin. It’s the body's largest organ and is the first line of defence against infection and disease. So, if you notice splotches, dark spots, or any skin pigmentation issues, you definitely want to do what you can to prevent further damage. The good news, though, is that you can fix a lot of pigmentation problems yourself. This article will go over eight home remedies you can use to lighten your skin and eliminate any unsightly blemishes or dark spots.

The Dangers of Skin-Whitening Treatments

Typically, hydroquinone and mercury have been the main ingredients used in skin-bleaching products. They work by inhibiting the production of melanin, the chemical that turns skin darker in the short term. However, recent research shows that in the long term these ingredients can be toxic. In fact, these ingredients can darken skin and cause premature aging if used for extended periods of time. Fortunately, science has discovered a number of natural whitening ingredients that work just as well as the synthetic ones, without the harmful side effects. These natural ingredients work by:

  1. absorbing harmful UV rays from the sun.
  2. inhibiting the production of melanin in the skin which causes the dark pigmentation.
Citrus Whitening

Citrus Whitening

1. Citrus Extracts

Lemon juice and orange peels are natural skin bleaching agents. They contain lots of vitamin C, which plays an important role in producing the collagen fibres that help support your skin and keep it firm. When applied topically, Vitamin C has been shown to slow down hyperactive melanocytes. These are the cells that produce melanin in the basal layers of the skin which causes the skin to "tan" or become darker.

2. Kojic Acid

A white crystalline powder derived from a fungus in Asia, kojic acid has long been used in Japan as a natural alternative to hydroquinone and is very effective at reducing skin discoloration. According to the American Academy of Dermatologists, kojic acid has been clinically shown to reduce hyper-pigmentation. It works by inhibiting the function of tyrosinase, the protein responsible for producing melanin. It also acts as an antioxidant and is suitable for sun-damaged or sensitive skin.

Glycyrrhiza glabra (Liquorice Plant)

Glycyrrhiza glabra (Liquorice Plant)

3. Licorice Extract

The juice derived from the roots of the licorice plant has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for all kinds of skin ailments. In the early 1990s, Japanese scientists identified the compound glabridin in liquorice, which absorbs UVA and UVB rays and acts as a powerful and effective skin-whitening element.

A clinical study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry has shown that glabridin can inhibit the melanin-producing enzyme tyrosinase by as much as 50%–and without damaging skin cells! Licorice extract is effective in treating post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation (including dark spots), can also be used to reverse the damage caused by acne scars, and contains anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe the skin and reduce redness.

Bearberry extract comes from the leaves of the plant, not the fruit!

Bearberry extract comes from the leaves of the plant, not the fruit!

4. Bearberry Extract

This ingredient comes from the leaves of the plant rather than the fruit. Bearberry or beargrape is used as an astringent in many cosmetics and contains Alpha arbutin, which is known to lighten the skin fast.

Arbutin has been proven to effectively lighten freckles, dark spots, and other skin discolourations. A study conducted by the pharmaceutical company Pentapharm found that a 1% Alpha arbutin concentration, revealed arbutin to have a "skin lightening effect” even greater than the same concentrate of hydroquinone.

Bearberry extract is also useful because it contains sun protection filters that may help to reduce the amount of “tanning” experienced after sun exposure, thereby slowing or reversing signs of aging on the skin.

Indian Gooseberry - Emblica extract

Indian Gooseberry - Emblica extract

5. Phyllanthus Emblica (Indian Gooseberry)

The extract from this plant contains antioxidants, has anti-microbial properties, and is rich with Vitamin C. Emblica extract protects the skin from sun damage and helps reduce hyperpigmentation.

A study on people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds conducted by Dr. Zoe Draelos, a clinical and research dermatologist, found that emblica contained powerful skin-lightening properties that were equivalent to, or better than, those achieved by conventional skin-lighteners like hydroquinone.

Emblica has been shown to protect the skin against oxidative stress, reduce wrinkles, regulate melanin production, and help the skin retain its natural moisture.

Gigawhite is formulated from 7 Alpine plants

Gigawhite is formulated from 7 Alpine plants

6. Gigawhite®

Gigawhite is a patented skin brightener that is effective in treating dark spots and melasma. It is derived from seven organically grown Swiss alpine plants, which include the peppermint plant, the common mallow and primula (cowslip).

Over one hundred Alpine plants were originally selected for their ability to inhibit tyrosinase (the enzyme responsible for melanin production). From those, the seven plants that exhibited the highest tyrosinase-inhibiting activity were used to create a natural skin-whitening agent, which is now widely used as an alternative to hydroquinone.

In clinical studies from pharmaceutical companies, Gigawhite was shown to markedly reduce the appearance of dark spots in Asian subjects aged 22-55. Over a 12-week period, the subjects tested showed a decrease of 24% in skin discoloration and an increase of 15.3% in skin lightening, with minimal to no skin irritation.

White Mulberry for skin whitening

White Mulberry for skin whitening

7. White Mulberry Extract

The white mulberry tree (Morus alba) is native to China and has been found to have many health benefits. In addition to preventing heart disease, cholesterol, and diabetes, it can also help to whiten the skin.

White mulberry extract is a natural inhibitor of the enzyme tyrosinase. This enzyme triggers the production of melanin (brown pigment) in the skin.

According to the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, clinical trials have established that white mulberry and paper mulberry are both effective skin-whitening agents and are suitable for dermatological use. The study found that a 0.4% concentration of mulberry extract reduced tyrosinase activity by 50%.

8. Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide)

Vitamin B3, or Niacinamide, has been shown to reduce the production of melanin (pigment) and acts as an effective skin-lightening agent when added to skin creams. When applied topically, vitamin B helps the skin to retain moisture, making it feel softer and smoother and reducing fine lines.


If you are looking to purchase a whitening cream to lighten your skin colour or reduce the appearance of dark pigmentation, check first to see if it contains some of the ingredients listed here.

One product I can recommend is Meladerm by Civant Skincare. It contains a large number of natural whiteners and my daughter used this to successfully treat areas of hyperpigmentation that were bothering her.

Be aware that products for skin lightening can be labelled as either "brighteners" or "whiteners." Generally, skin “brightening” products are designed to exfoliate your skin and may contain AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) that will help to remove dead skin cells and some of the excess pigmentation that has accumulated. Your skin will appear fresh and “brighter” but the ingredients may not actually whiten the skin.

Whitening ingredients are sometimes added to these skin brighteners, but not always.
Most products sold online will allow you to see a full list of the ingredients so have a quick look before you buy. The choice of ingredients will, of course, depend on the results you are hoping to achieve.

If you have any questions about how to use these ingredients or other suggestions for how to whiten your skin please put them in the comments below!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: Can I apply honey on my skin to get rid of dark skin?

Answer: Honey has antibacterial properties, and it is also an antioxidant, It is good for treating acne and helps to slow down the aging process. It helps to moisturize and soothe the skin, but it is not really a skin lightener, when used alone.

Question: How do I add the ingredients to skin whitening cream?

Answer: If you are looking to add ingredients to your base cream you can check out my article here:

Question: Is there any product that I can use apart from maladerm for skin lightening?

Answer: Yes. There are a number of all natural whitening creams on the market. You can check on Amazon or see a list here,

Question: What natural ingredients work for stretch marks, knuckle removal, and body scrub?

Answer: Some natural ingredients for stretch marks include argan oil, lemon juice, and egg whites. You can find recipes online. I'm not sure what you mean by knuckle removal, but the whitening ingredients in this article can be used to lighten these areas. A suggestion for a body scrub is to mix 1/2 cup sugar, two tablespoons honey, one tablespoon oil (like almond or jojoba oil), two tablespoons lemon juice and if you like 4-5 drops of lemon essence or sandalwood and some dried parsley.

Question: From my face to my lips is light, but my legs and feet are dark. Why?

Answer: Your legs might be darker naturally, possibly due to a genetic condition. Or maybe they have had more exposure to the sun than the rest of your body.

Question: Can Niacinamide and licorice lighten skin?

Answer: Niacinamide and licorice extract are both skin lightening agents. Both have been shown to inhibit the production of melanin, the brown pigment in the skin.

Question: Are these ingredients that can lighten skin? Kojic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Vit.E, B3,&C.,Almond Oil, Castle Oil and Cetyl Alcohol?

Answer: Kojic acid, vitamin B and C are skin lightening ingredients. Almond oil can also help to brighten the skin. Propylene glycol is used in small amounts in cosmetics as a type of "antifreeze" to stop products melting at high temperatures or freezing. Glycerin and Castor oil are used to smooth the skin. Cetyl alcohol is used as a thickening agent. I have not tried mixing these to make a skin whitening cream.

Question: How should I mix these ingredients, and in what way do I use them?

Answer: You can mix these into a base lotion, but ingredients like kojic acid need to be dissolved over heat first, so the cream is not granular. If you search for "adding whitening ingredients to lotion," you should find some video tutorials or recipes.

Question: How can I make skin lightening cream at home?

Answer: You can make your own skin whitening cream by following my tutorial at:

Question: With these 8 ingredients, in case I wanted to make my cream, what will be the measurements?

Answer: It depends on the amount of base cream you are using. For around 4 oz of base cream, I would use a teaspoon of kojic acid for example. You can see my recipe here that uses some of these lightening ingredients:

Question: Can I use Kojic soap on my face?

Answer: Yes, you can use Kojic acid on your face. Use warm water first to open the pores in your skin. Massage Kojic Soap and water into your face. Leave for no more than 30 seconds before washing your face off.

Question: Could I mix milk, lime juice, egg white, and glycerine to form a cream base?

Answer: You could use these ingredients to make a whitening face mask, but I'm not sure about mixing them into a base cream.

Question: How do I prevent acne?

Answer: There can be many different causes of acne. As a general rule, it is suggested that you keep your skin clean, make sure your hands and hair are also clean you can exfoliate the skin and use moisturizer. It is also suggested to avoid too much sun exposure. If you are concerned you should see a doctor or skin specialist to find the possible cause of your acne.

Question: Does honey and brown sugar makes your skin darker?

Answer: Honey and brown sugar should not make your skin darker. Brown sugar can be used to exfoliate the skin. It has small particles which makes it more gentle than other sugars. It suits more sensitive skin. Honey has antibacterial properties which help to fight against acne and wrinkles.

Question: how can one get Meladerm In Nigeria?

Answer: You can purchase Meladerm online through Civant Skincare. They ship to most countries in the world.

Question: Where can someone get the above ingredients for these skin remedies?

Answer: These ingredients are generally available from health food stores or online. I know Amazon has some of these.

Question: Can I mix Vitamin B powder with Dove Body Lotion?

Answer: I haven't tried this with Dove body lotion as a base but you could try mixing the powder in. It might need to be heated slightly to dissolve the powder or it could be gritty. Be careful not to overheat. Look for tutorials online that show you how to mix whitening ingredients into a base lotion.

Question: Can all these 8 be added together in a cream or I just pick out of them? Then what quantity should be added.

Answer: You can add any of these ingredients to a base lotion. You can find tutorials online that show you how to do this. Or you can read my article here:

Question: How do I mix these ingredients together to make my own skin cream?

Answer: You can add these skin whitening ingredients to a base cream but it will need to be heated slightly so ingredients like kojic acid powder fully dissolve. You can search for tutorials that show you how to mix whitening cream at home.

Question: Can potato juice be used to reduce dark spots?

Answer: While some people say that potato juice lightens the skin I can find no scientific proof for this. Potatoes have Vitamin C which is beneficial to skin and may have a mild lightening effect. However potatoes also have an enzyme called catecholase which can stimulate melanin production in the skin.

Question: How do I orange and lemon peel before adding to my cream? (2) can these peels be added to bathing soap?

Answer: I haven't tried this but if lemon and orange peel are dried in the sun or dehydrator you could grind them into a powder to add to a base cream or a soap.

Question: Can I add all the above listed natural ingredients when making a body lotion?

Answer: Yes you can add all these to a base lotion. It might need to be heated slightly for some of these ingredients to dissolve but dont overheat this.

Question: Are there oils that lighten the skin?

Answer: Yes. There are a number of oils that lighten and brighten the skin. Amongst these are grape seed oil, lavender or chameli oil, and carrot oil.

Question: Can I use lime juice or orange to lighten my body surface?

Answer: Lime juice and orange peel (dried and crushed) are both suitable ingredients for skin whitening.

Question: How do I apply the orange peels and lemon juice together on my body?

Answer: Orange peel can be dried and crushed to a powder. You can mix it with lemon juice, gram flour or yogurt to make a body or face cream.

Question: How do you mix the ingredients into an already made cream?

Answer: You can mix these ingredients into a base lotion but you would need to heat it slightly so any powered ingredients dissolve.

Question: If I add lemon juice to my body wash will my skin tone up and get brighter?

Answer: Yes, it is possible to add lemon juice to body wash. It is suggested that you add about 1 cup of juice to your liquid soap. The other way is to add 1/2 cup lemon juice to your bath water and soak for 20 minutes.

Question: Can I use tomatoes and sugar for pimples?

Answer: A tomato and sugar scrub can be used to exfoliate the skin. Tomatoes are a natural anti-inflammatory and contain antioxidants. They can help reduce the size of the pores and any skin redness caused by acne. Tomatoes help to dry up oily skin and acne. You can put tomato pulp on any spots and leave it overnight. Try not to cover your whole face, as tomato can be very drying.

Question: Can I use lemon juice mixed with normal water to lighten my skin?

Answer: Yes you can use lemon juice and water to wash your face or you can apply lemon juice alone to help lighten the skin.

Question: Can vitamin B3 be mixed with Caro White Lightening Cream?

Answer: Vitamin B3 powder can be mixed into a base lotion. However, I'm not familiar with Caro White Lightening Cream.

Question: I note that you have not recommended apple cider vinegar. I saw someone become nice and happy but turned dark thereafter. What is your advice on the use of apple cider vinegar?

Answer: Apple cider vinegar contains citric acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (or AHA) which can be used to exfoliate and brighten the skin. However, research is limited on its use as a skin whitening agent. Some dermatologists believe it could irritate the skin due to the acidity. Apple cider vinegar has antifungal and antibacterial properties that can help with conditions like acne. Using AHA's can make the skin more photosensitive, so the skin could darken again when exposed to the sun.

Question: How do I use these whitening ingredients in producing a whitening body cream?

Answer: Skin whitening ingredients can be mixed into a base lotion. The trick is to heat the lotion slightly so the ingredients like kojic acid powder can dissolve. You can search for tutorials online like

Question: Can lemon juice be added to water and used as a final rinse in the bathroom? Or added to one's body cream?

Answer: It is possible to do both of these things! If you want to add lemon juice to your body cream try mixing 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to 2 tablespoons of body moisturiser and mix in a bowl.

Question: Are these ingredients meant for cream or soap?

Answer: These ingredients can be mixed into a base cream. You can find tutorials online that will show you how to make skin whitening cream at home.

Question: Is white secret cream safe for the skin?

Answer: White Secret Cream contains arbutin, Vitamin E and carrot oil. It does not contain hydroquinone and should be safe for most skin types.

Question: Will using lemon juice on its own lighten skin and remove dark spots?

Answer: Yes, lemon juice is effective to treat dark spots and can be applied with a cotton tip. You can use it on the face but it can be very drying for the skin.

Question: Can I use lemon juice, orange peel, honey and olive oil to clear black spots on my leg?

Answer: Yes, these ingredients are often recommended to help remove black spots on legs. The honey is good for scars too.

Question: Can I use carrot oil as my skin cream? What can I add to it to brighten my skin and what can I add to my black soap too?

Answer: Carrot oil is good for skin lightening. You can mix equal parts of lavender oil and carrot oil. Apply to a clean face and leave it to dry, about 20 mins, before washing off with warm or cold water.

You can add many ingredients to black soap. One recipe I found adds 100ml lime juice to 1 kg black soap. Leave for an hour before pounding the soap in a mortar. Then you can add 30g turmeric, 30g cinnamon, 25g licorice powder, 30g shea butter, 30 ml sweet almond oil, 30 ml carrot oil, 5ml vitamin E oil and a small amount of glycerin and honey.

There are many recipes on the internet.

Question: Does this natural cream also work for pimples?

Answer: Yes, Meladerm can work to reduce the appearance of acne scars.

Question: Can I dissolve kojic acid in grapeseed oil and put it in my lotion as a skin lightener?

Answer: Although I haven't tried this I believe it would be fine to dissolve kojic acid in grape seed oil. You might need to heat it slightly so the kojic acid powder dissolves.

Question: Can these ingredients be used in making soap?

Answer: Yes. You could add some of these ingredients when you make skin whitening soap at home. You will need to use a natural soap base like Pears soap which is grated and melted into a liquid form before you add other ingredients. There are some video tutorials online that demonstrate this. Search for "skin whitening soap recipe".

Question: How much does Meladerm cost?

Answer: The 1.7 oz bottle of Meladerm costs $49.99. That should last two to three months, depending how often you use it.

Question: how do I mix skin lightening ingredients to include preservatives?

Answer: You can see how to.mix skin whitening ingredients here:

If your mixture contains water then it is best to add a preservative as bacteria and mold can grow quickly. Search for natural preservatives. If there is no water then you mixture should keep longer with just antioxidants mixed in.

Question: What can help in removing dark spots from an oily face?

Answer: Skin whitening treatments using lemon juice are good for oily skin. You could try an apple and lemon juice face mask. Mash up a sliced apple with a fork. Add lemon juice and mix into a paste. Apply the mixture to your face. Leave it for 30 minutes, then wash it off with cold water.

Question: My pimples are now becoming dark spots. Please can you give me a solution?

Answer: You could try putting lemon juice on the dark spots or use a lightening cream like Meladerm to stop the production of melanin and help reduce the amount of brown pigmentation.

Question: How can I get rid of sunburn sensitivity from using lightening cream on my face?

Answer: When you use skin lightening ingredients your skin will be more photosensitive. It will burn more easily so it's important to use a good sunscreen with a high SPF. Try to avoid sun exposure where possible.

Question: How can I remove black heads on my face using natural remedies?

Answer: There are many natural remedies that can be used to remove blackheads. One remedy uses 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 2 teaspoons of water and 1 tablespoon of salt all mixed together to make a scrub. If this is too drying for your skin you can apply some jojoba oil after the scrub.

Question: How do I add all the ingredients to a lightening facial cream?

Answer: You can add these ingredients by heating the mixture slightly. This will dissolve ingredients like kojic acid powder. See my article on How To Make Skin Whitening Cream at Home.

Question: Can I use a skin lightening cream with Idole bath soap or an egg yoke bath?

Answer: I would say yes. You could also try using an all natural whitening cream like Meladerm. It can be purchased online.

Question: You said Vitamins B3 lightens the skin, my question goes like this, do you mean vitamin B complex tablet or syrup?

Answer: Vitamin B3 is usually applied as a lotion or you can buy it as a powder and mix it into your skin whitening lotion.

What's Your Favourite Skin-Whitening Ingredient?

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on August 22, 2020:

Yes. I believe you can add these ingredients to a black soap.

Loveth on August 21, 2020:

Can I use all this 8 Ingrideint to my black soap

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on August 07, 2020:

Hi. I am not sure where to buy whitening ingredients in Nigeria. You can but most of these online though.

Ann lilian on August 07, 2020:

pls where can i buy whitening ingredient for body scrub in Nigerian i'm fair in complexion not bleaching but natural

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on August 05, 2020:

I am not sure where to buy skin whitening ingredients in Nigeria. You can purchase most of these ingredients online at Amazon or from online pharmacy companies.

Am in on August 04, 2020:

I base in Nigeria imo state where can I buy the ingeridents for making whiteng soap

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on August 02, 2020:

I would not recommend mixing a lightening cream for children. It might irritate their skin. on August 01, 2020:

How can I mix my children cream,because my children face is getting dark

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on July 20, 2020:

You can use any natural moisturiser or lotion as a base cream. An unscented moisturiser would be suitable. You can search for base creams online or at Amazon. You can mix in any of the whitening ingredients listed in this article. Lemon juice and kojic acid are effective but be careful they don't irtitate the skin. If your skin is very dark it might take longer to see the desired result.

Nikki on July 20, 2020:

What best cream can i use as my base cream and what ingrident to mix to get hot chocolate.and u need good face cream

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on July 19, 2020:

Hi. Any of these ingredients are suitable for a darker skin person. In particular citrus extracts and kojic acid. The degree of lightning will depend on your skin tone to begin and the desired result. It is best to avoid excess sun exposure while using these lightening ingredients and use a high SPF sunscreen when outdoors.

For scars you could try recipes that contain tumeric.

Alternatively you could try a natural lightening product like Meladerm Pigment Correction cream. This product is also useful for reducing the appearance of scars.

Juliet on July 19, 2020:

what are the best ingredient to remove scars?

juliet on July 19, 2020:

what kind of brightening/lightening ingredient can a dark skin person use just to maintain his/her complexion/color?

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on July 14, 2020:

Hi. I believe you could add the skin lightening ingredients you have listed to a base cream. Once again test your mixture on a small patch of skin to make sure it doesnt cause irritation.

Eunice on July 14, 2020:

I have rashes and itchy, can i use niacinamide,licorice,vitamin c,alpha arbutin and glycolic this are the ingredient i found in brazil can it clear my rashes and lightener my face and body without giving me stretch marks.... i have a sensitive skin and can i put it in my base cream...

Eunice on July 14, 2020:

I have rahes and itches and most of this ingredient i cant find it in brazil...can i mix licorice,alpha arbutin and vitamin b3 to my base cream can it clear the rashes and lightening my face and body ....thanks

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on July 14, 2020:

Hi. I'm not sure what product you have bought. It might be possible to mix this into a base lotion. Just be aware that kojic acid can cause contact dermatitis in people with senstive skin, or if you are using a product with a concentration greater than 1%. This can cause redness, rashes or itchy skin. Test new products on a small patch of skin first.

Eunice on July 14, 2020:

Please ma'am i found alpha arbutin 5%, kojic acid 10% and glycolic 10% it comes in a container can i add it to my base cream.... i have a sensitive skin and i cant find most of the product you listed out in brazil....

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on July 12, 2020:

Yes you can combine any of these skin lightening ingredients into a lotion.

grace on July 11, 2020:

am i allowed to combine all?

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on July 05, 2020:

Kojic acid is just one of the skin lightening ingredients but if your skin is sensitive then mulberry extract is a good altenative.

Daniel Brayan on July 05, 2020:

Is there any product that I can use apart from kojic acid

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on June 25, 2020:

The skin lightening ingredients mentioned in the article can be purchased online at places like Amazon or online pharmacies.

Adewunmi Fatima on June 25, 2020:

Where can i get all this ingredent

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on June 20, 2020:

Hi Christy. You can empty your shower gel into a bowl or plastic container. Then add the whitening ingredients you want and mix well. Pour the mixture back into the shower gel container. There are tutorials and videos online that show you how to do this.

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on June 20, 2020:

Hi Shawnd. If your skin is fair already then these lightening ingredients might not be suitable for you. You should limit your sun exposure and use a good quality sunscreen to avoid sun damage to the skin.

Christy on June 19, 2020:

How do i make use of these ingredient to make my own whitening shower gel

Shanwd on June 19, 2020:

Here is my question am very fair (albino) so which cream and is the best for my skin

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on June 14, 2020:

Hi. If you have oily skin then whitening face masks with tumeric or lemon juice would be suitable.

Jolly on June 14, 2020:

My face is too oily. What can I use?

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on June 01, 2020:

Hi Abdullah. The skin on your face might be darker due sun exposure. You could try using natural lighteners like lemon juice or kojic acid soap on a regular basis. Natural creams like Meladerm Pigment Correction can help to lighten skin on the face. However, when using these lightening ingredients you must protect your face from the sun's UV rays by limiting sun exposure and using a blockout sunscreen.

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on June 01, 2020:

Hi Didi. These natural lightening ingredients can be found on Amazon or most online pharmacies.

Abdullah on June 01, 2020:

My face is dark than rest of my body what should I do?

Didi on May 22, 2020:

Please where can i get the sellers of all you listed

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on May 14, 2020:

Yes I am guessing you could add mulberry to a shower gel although I have not tried this. It is probably best added to a whitening lotion.

Shakkyrah on May 14, 2020:

Can I add mulberry to my already made shower gel

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on May 12, 2020:

Rose water helps to hydrate and restore pH levels in the skin. It has antibacterial properties and is useful in the treatment of acne. It does not lighten the skin on its own but can be used in skin whitening masks, combined with lightening ingredients.

Anoma Adebusola Elizabeth on May 11, 2020:

Thank you very much and my question goes like this

Can i use rose water for creaming my body?

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on April 27, 2020:

You could Meladerm Pigment Correction cream for these conditions. Meladerm can help reduce the appearance of dark spots, acne scars and stretch marks.

Yetunde on April 27, 2020:

I have black sport and strech mark i want to a cream to remove it

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on April 17, 2020:

You can add all of these skin lightening ingredients to a base cream or just choose a couple.

Adejoke on April 17, 2020:

Pls is it possible to use all the natural ingredient or just one out of the 8 listed there

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on April 16, 2020:

Hi. These skin lightening ingredients are not available as a powder drink. They need to be applied to the skin for a whitening effect.

Y. Why on April 16, 2020:

Is these ingredeantis could be drinkable as a powder drink and give better resuls tahn cream

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on April 11, 2020:

Hi. You can purchase Meladerm Pigment Correction Cream online at Civant Skincare. Amazon also sells whitening creams and soap. Both of these post or ship to Libya.

Ennyholar mobimpe on April 11, 2020:

Pls how can I get the ingredients for natural white cream and soap in Libya

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on March 15, 2020:

Meladerm Pigment Correction can be purchased online from Civant Skin Care. They ship around the world.

Samara on March 15, 2020:

How can i contact with civant for meladerm cream directly?

Titiola06@gmail on March 14, 2020:

Pls more help

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on March 06, 2020:

Hi. It is possible to add skin whitening ingredients such as kojic acid and turmeric oil to shea butter. The recipe I refer to suggests adding coconut oil to shea butter first then heating the mixture over a double boiler before adding your whitening ingredients. You can search for shea butter skin lightening recipes online.

Janet jones on March 06, 2020:

What can I add to Shea butter to become a natural cream

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on February 25, 2020:

Hi. Dark circles above the eye have a variety of causes. It could be due to changes in blood vessels or hyperpigmentation. You could try a skin whitening cream like Meladerm if it is hyperpigmentation. However you said you have had no success with other skin whitening products. You might need to consult a dermatologist.

Fon DC on February 24, 2020:

@Angie Woods. I have a large dark circle above my right eye that I want to go away. Please help! It is the only dark spot on my face. It resulted from an allergic reaction to medication. I believe the medical term for it is "fixed drug reaction." I have used hydroquinon, tumeric, and castor oil, and the spot remains. What can I do to get rid of this horrible spot on my eye. What is the magic potion??

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on February 11, 2020:

You can find out how to mix your own skin whitening cream by searching online. There are number of tutorials that can show you how to do this. Try searching for "How to make skin whitening cream at home".

M.Asif from pakistan on February 11, 2020:

I want all the formulations of skin whitening cream

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on January 29, 2020:

Yes it is possible to mix whitening ingredients into African black soap. You can find tutorials online that show you how to do this. You will need to break the black soap into smaller pieces and place it in a saucepan. Melt or soften the soap over a low heat before mixing in the lightening ingredients.

Yaa on January 28, 2020:

Can l add those ingredients to African black soap?

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on January 16, 2020:

Hi. There are a number if essential oils that can possibly help with skin lightening. Castor oil is reported to inhibit the production melanin. You can mix with a little turmeric and use this as a face mask. Other oils that people use are lemon essential oil, grape seed oil and argan oil. I have not used these so cannot verify their effectiveness.

selina mboga otieno on January 16, 2020:

Help me to choose natural bleaching oil

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on January 10, 2020:

Hi Prisca. Unfortunately I do not have recipes for making skin whitening creams or soaps on as commercial basis.

Faridah on January 10, 2020:


Prisca Ezugwu on January 07, 2020:

Plz i want to make whitening cream and liquid soap for sale how do i go about it

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on December 30, 2019:

Hi Saleem. One commercial product you could try is Meladerm Whitening cream which can be purchased online. Or you can try making your own whitening masks using some of the ingredients here. You buy these ingredients online at places like Amazon. You can mix these into a base lotion.

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on December 04, 2019:

Hi Jou. Have you tried using natural ingredients to lighten your skin? There are many skin whitening recipes online that use natural products like lemon juice, gram flour, kojic acid, tumeric and more.

Jou on December 03, 2019:

My skin (face) keeps getter darker and I don't want to bleach my skin I need something natural that can really help without any effect afterwords

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on December 03, 2019:

Hi. I'm not sure about adding kojic acid to castor or avocado oil. Usually it is mixed into a lotion or cream. It does require heating to dissolve the powder. Look for instructions online.

kojic acid on December 02, 2019:

Hi Angie,

I am looking to make my own kojic acid serum or cream. I have the powder. Can I add it to castor oil or avocado oil.



Angie Woods (author) from Australia on November 12, 2019:

Hi. You could try using oil-free and fragrance-free lotions and sunscreen on your skin. The American Academy of Dermatology suggest using a benzoyl peroxide body wash on your chest or back. Leave it on for 5 minutes before rinsing. Tea tree oil is good for drying pimples on the face.

Uche Victoria on November 10, 2019:

Pls help any time I apply cream on my face pimples came out even in my chest and back and I have a very oily skin, pls is there any remedy that can help

ashiat on September 03, 2019:

hi.Can i use pure white cream without effect

Monu on June 08, 2019:

Lemon and honey

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on May 04, 2019:

Hi. I am not familiar with a "body fashion" product. Maybe another reader can help?

nana yaw on May 04, 2019:

can I used body fashion for my skin without bleching me

LisaEvans1 on April 22, 2019:

I thought I'd never whitten my skin, but against all odds I whitened and evened out my skin tone naturally without dangerous creams by using this natural remedy I found HERE:

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on April 16, 2019:

Dark spots can be faded using lemon juice or choose creams that contain kojic acid, vitamin C or hyalaronic acid. Gel bases creams are best to use on oily skin. For example face washes with tea tree oil or aloe vera.

You can also try massaging your face with saffron essential oil.

Olamide on April 16, 2019:

please hw can i get rid of darkspot and oil-face

tolani yusuf on April 14, 2019:


Angie Woods (author) from Australia on March 20, 2019:

Hi Mayor. These ingredients can be purchased from some pharmacies or online at Amazon

Mayor on March 19, 2019:

Pls where can one get all this ingredient. Thanks

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on March 02, 2019:

Hi. For dark spots you could try something simple like lemon juice or purchase a natural skin whitening cream like Meladerm. There are also many homemade recipes online to try.

For stretch marks some doctors recommend retinol creams that contain Vitamin A. Many people report that Bio-Oil works very well to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. You can buy it at your local supermarket or pharmacy.

Two popular whitening soaps that you could try are: Papaya and Kojic Acid whitening soap, or Glutathione Whitening bleaching soap. 

Ola on February 28, 2019:

Hi Angie,

Please how can I get rid of black spots on my face and stretch mark, also a whitening soap that will make my body glow and evenly

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on January 19, 2019:

Hi. Some suggestions to help rough skin are: Try and avoid the sun, always use a sunscreen. Wash your face in luke warm water and not hot water. Exfoliate your skin once or twice a week with a mild scrub. Moisturise your skin daily, several times a day is okay. Use products that have ceramide, petrolatum or lanolin. Creams with lactic acid or urea can also help soothe extremely dry skin. Avoid dry air by using a humidifier in your room.

Joy Anthony on January 19, 2019:

My face is so rough and i dont like it,please how can i get rid it of because i want it to be smooth .

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on December 31, 2018:

Hi Nikkia. You could try an all natural skin whitener like Meladerm, just apply to affected area. Or you can try common ingredients found in your kitchen.

Try applying fresh lemon juice to the spots twice a day. If this doesn't work you could try horseradish. Wipe fresh lemon juice over your face first, then apply a mixture of horseradish, vinegar and honey to the spots. Let this soak in before rinsing off.

Remember to use sunscreen after all treatments. Skin whitening agents that remove dark spots also make your skin more photosensitive.

Nikkia on December 30, 2018:

I'm from Nigeria,i've got dark spots as a result of rashes.what can I use to get rid off them completely,i'm dark skinned

A k on December 22, 2018:

Very nice website

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on November 20, 2018:

I am not so familiar with nettle rash and I believe antihistamines are usually prescribed to relieve this. Some natural remedies that might help are oatmeal baths, calamine lotion, milk of magnesia or witch hazel. I also read that you can apply vinegar to the rash or a paste made from baking soda and water.

Wemmy on November 20, 2018:

I have nettle- rash on my body I need natural cream to use and also black so use. Thanks

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on November 19, 2018:

Hi Latif. All of these products help to moisturise your skin and coconut oil is useful as it has anti fungal properties. However, coconut oil is not usually recommended for very oily skin. Castor oil has antimicrobial and anti inflammatory properties which can help to reduce acne. It helps to relive dry or itchy skin.

Lateef Sadiat on November 19, 2018:

Good day, pls can i use castor oil, shea butter, cocoanut oil for my body, and pls tell me what it works for

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on November 14, 2018:

Lemon or orange peel can be dried in the sun or in a dehydrator, then ground up before adding to a base cream or soap.

Titilola on November 14, 2018:

How can i do the orange and lemon peels before adding it to the cream ?

(2) Can these peel be added to cream?

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on October 30, 2018:

Hi Nomusa. All of these ingredients are proven to lighten skin. You can buy most of these online eg. at Amazon. You can mix some of these onto your own base cream to make a skin lightener also. Look for tutorials online. Good luck!

Nomusa on October 30, 2018:

I'd like to try one of the ingredients I hope it does work coz I have tried many things bt my skin is still the same

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on October 11, 2018:

Yes. You dont have to use all of these ingredients if you are making your own cream. You can also buy skin whitening creams that have these natural ingredients, like mulberry extract, in the formulation.

Travel Chef from Manila on October 11, 2018:

Based on your list, it looks like most berries are definitely good for our skin. However, in some places, most berries are bit pricey. Maybe the other ingredients can suit one's budget.

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on October 09, 2018:

Hi. You can check out my tutorial which shows you how to make whitening cream at home:

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on September 26, 2018:

Hi. The most effective ingredient to add would be kojic acid and then choose one other. You can generally use any natural or organic moisuriser as a base. You can search for Vitamin E Base Cream on Amazon for example. This is a fragrance free cream suitable to use as a base.

Abidemi. idehennnn on September 26, 2018:

Of all the whitening ingredients listed which two can be combined with base cream to get effective result in weeks. Please what are the natu ral base cream Available.

Angie Woods (author) from Australia on September 20, 2018:

As far as I can see clotrimazole is an anti-fungal medication used to treat fungal skin conditions like atheletes foot, jock itch and ringworm.