8 Natural Ingredients to Lighten Skin and Remove Dark Spots

Updated on November 20, 2019
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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.

8 Natural Skin-Whitening Ingredients

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

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

    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.

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

    Yes. There are a number of all natural whitening creams on the market. You can check on Amazon or see a list here, http://skinwhiteningnews.org/best-natural-skin-whi...

  • How do I add the ingredients to skin whitening cream?

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

    https://hubpages.com/style/How-To-Make-Skin-Whiten...

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

    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.

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

    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.

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    • Angie Woods profile imageAUTHOR

      Angie Woods 

      5 days ago from Australia

      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.

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      Jou 

      6 days ago

      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

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      Angie Woods 

      6 days ago from Australia

      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.

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      kojic acid 

      6 days ago

      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.

      Thanks,

      Peggy

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      Angie Woods 

      3 weeks ago from Australia

      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.

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      Uche Victoria 

      4 weeks ago

      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

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      ashiat 

      3 months ago

      hi.Can i use pure white cream without effect

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      Monu 

      6 months ago

      Lemon and honey

    • Angie Woods profile imageAUTHOR

      Angie Woods 

      7 months ago from Australia

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

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      nana yaw 

      7 months ago

      can I used body fashion for my skin without bleching me

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      LisaEvans1 

      7 months ago

      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: go2l.ink/whiteskin

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      Angie Woods 

      7 months ago from Australia

      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.

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      Olamide 

      7 months ago

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

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      tolani yusuf 

      7 months ago

      lemon

    • Angie Woods profile imageAUTHOR

      Angie Woods 

      8 months ago from Australia

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

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      Mayor 

      8 months ago

      Pls where can one get all this ingredient. Thanks

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      Angie Woods 

      9 months ago from Australia

      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. 

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      Ola 

      9 months ago

      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

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      Angie Woods 

      10 months ago from Australia

      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.

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      Joy Anthony 

      10 months ago

      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 .

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      Angie Woods 

      11 months ago from Australia

      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.

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      Nikkia 

      11 months ago

      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

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      A k 

      11 months ago

      Very nice website

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      Angie Woods 

      12 months ago from Australia

      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.

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      Wemmy 

      12 months ago

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

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      Angie Woods 

      12 months ago from Australia

      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.

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      Lateef Sadiat 

      12 months ago

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

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      Angie Woods 

      12 months ago from Australia

      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.

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      Titilola 

      13 months ago

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

      (2) Can these peel be added to cream?

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      Angie Woods 

      13 months ago from Australia

      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!

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      Nomusa 

      13 months ago

      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

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      Angie Woods 

      14 months ago from Australia

      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.

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      Travel Chef 

      14 months ago from California

      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.

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      Angie Woods 

      14 months ago from Australia

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

      https://hubpages.com/style/How-To-Make-Skin-Whiten...

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      Angie Woods 

      14 months ago from Australia

      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.

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      Abidemi. idehennnn 

      14 months ago

      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.

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      Angie Woods 

      14 months ago from Australia

      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.

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      Hajara 

      14 months ago

      Is clotrimazole powder a whitening agent in skincare and is it safe to use

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      Angie Woods 

      15 months ago from Australia

      Hi. You can apply lightening ingredients like lemon juice to dark spots if you don't want an overall lightening effect.

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      jummy 

      15 months ago

      how do I make cream for clearing dark spot and not get white because I'm chocolate complexion

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      Angie Woods 

      15 months ago from Australia

      Hi. You can mix these ingredients into a base cream. See my tutorial article on How to Mix Whitening Cream at Home. https://hubpages.com/style/How-To-Make-Skin-Whiten...

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      Ukamaka 

      15 months ago

      How to mix all those ingredients together

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      Angie Woods 

      15 months ago from Australia

      Hi Natstar. You can try lightening with natural squeezed lemon juice or buy lemon juice extract online at sites like Amazon. Skin serums and cleansers are usually considered safe if you look for natural ingredients.

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      Angie Woods 

      16 months ago from Australia

      Hi. I dont know if there is an Amazon in Abuja, Nigeria? But I believe Anazon US will ship most items to Nigeria.

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      Onyebuchi kate 

      16 months ago

      Where is Amazon located in Abuja

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      Angie Woods 

      16 months ago from Australia

      Hi. You can make your own lotions using these ingredients. See my article at https://hubpages.com/style/How-To-Make-Skin-Whiten...

      If your cream does not contain water you can add antioxidants like Vitamin E and Rosemary oil extract.

      If your mixture contains water if can grow bacteria so it is best to use a preservative like grape seed extract or Germaben II at about 1%

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      Angie Woods 

      16 months ago from Australia

      Hi. If you cannot purchase Meladerm you could try some of the natural lightening recipes on this site. You could start with lemon juice recipes. See https://bellatory.com/skin/Can-Lemon-Juice-Really-...

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      Aleena Syed 

      16 months ago

      can we use all of the above ingredients at the same time? and what preservative wuld be needing to increase its shelf life?

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      parinyi christopher 

      16 months ago

      i really want to lighten my skin without any disadvantage but i don't know how to go about it..U insisted that meladerm is good for skin lightening but to purchase it is a problem..So what are the possible ways to lighten my skin and get rid of dark spots without ant side effects much money used? thank you

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      Angie Woods 

      17 months ago from Australia

      Hi Hope. It sounds like your skin is very sensitive to skin whitening products. Have you tried using a product with all natural ingredients like Meladerm? It contains no hydroquinone and can be used on the face or body and is generally suitable for all skin types. People with very sensitive skin should test this on a small patch of skin first before using it all over.

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      Hope 

      17 months ago

      I had some skin irritation after it was treated the black spot all over my skin refuse to go off. What can I use. Thanks

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      Angie Woods 

      17 months ago from Australia

      Hi tarapearl. You can mix whitening ingredients into a base lotion. Ingredients such as Kojic acid powder, alpha arbutin, licorice extract and vitamin B can be added. You can find tutorials that show you how to do this. The mixture needs to be heated slightly over a double boiler. There is a tutorial here: http://skinwhiteningnews.org/how-to-add-skin-white...

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      tarapearl 

      17 months ago

      What are the natural home ingredients I can mixed with natural secretes cream to brighten my skin colour....I have black sport all my bodies....pls I need help

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      Angie Woods 

      17 months ago from Australia

      Hi Benita. I think you are asking if these ingredients will mix into a base cream? I'm not sure because I haven't used these. There are a number of video tutorials on You Tube that show how to make a whitening base cream if thats what you are looking for. These ingredients could make a lightening face mask though. If you try this please let us know how that turned out.

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      benita 

      17 months ago

      Please can i use milk,lime juice,glycerin and egg white to mix cream base

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      Angie Woods 

      18 months ago from Australia

      Hi Johny. Lemon juice can be applied to dark spots to reduce their appearance. There are a number of recipes online for whitening masks that target black spots also. You do a search for these or see my article about using lemon juice to lighten skin. It has a number of recipes to try.

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      Johny 

      18 months ago

      Please i have dark spots on my face from pimples. How can i get rid of them??

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      Angie Woods 

      18 months ago from Australia

      It appears that you have sensitive skin? I can suggest you try a brightening masks that have all natural ingredients and moisturising ingredients in them. You could try an all natural lightening cream like Meladerm. It is suitable for all skin types and made from natural ingredients. You could do a small test patch. If you are not happy with the result they do offer a 30 day money back guarantee.

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      frank 

      18 months ago

      Please i need to brighten my face,but each time i try my old skin reaction pops out all over again,what should i use instead?

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      Angie Woods 

      18 months ago from Australia

      Hi Bilqeess. Are you worried about using skin whitening products because you have dry skin? You could try a product like Meladerm cream which has natural skin lighteners formulated with moisturising ingredients.

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      bilqeess 

      18 months ago

      pls i dont have any because i have dry skin

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      Angie Woods 

      18 months ago from Australia

      Hi Tehniyat. I am not familiar with this cream but kojic acid is a natural product that comes from a fungi (mushroom). You could test the cream on a small patch of skin to see if it causes a reaction.

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      Tehniyat 

      18 months ago

      What about "kojic acid whitening cream " of vitamin company..is it safe to use ? My skin is bit sensitive can i use it ?

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      Angie Woods 

      18 months ago from Australia

      Hi Fatima. Meladerm is only available online. You can order it from Civant Skin Care. They ship to most countries in the world.

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      Fatima 

      18 months ago

      Hi Angie Where can I purchase meladerm in Nigeria (Ogun state)

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      Angie Woods 

      19 months ago from Australia

      Hi Aaron. I haven't seen a recipe with these 3 ingredients but tomatoes are helpful for skin whitening as they contain lycopene, a strong antioxidant that offers protection from the sun's UV rays. Tomatoes also have Vitamin A which helps to fade spots. Orange peel has more Vitamin C than orange juice so some people dry the peel and then grind it up to add to a face mask. Eggs are wonderful for the skin as they help to hydrate and soften the skin.

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      Aaron 

      19 months ago

      Hi guys pls I want to know whether I can use Orange,Egg and Tomatoes. To bleach my skin can I mix all of them together and Apply it

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      Amaka 

      20 months ago

      Hi Angie,

      You're article is educative. I'll like to know if these natural brighteners have side effects with long term use.

      For those in Nigeria that need licorice, mulberry etc please send a mail to Laurendibiana@yahoo.com for more info.

      Thanks

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      Etuk 

      20 months ago

      Non, searching for one good one

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      Martha 

      20 months ago

      I use dove

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      Angie Woods 

      20 months ago from Australia

      Hi. Blessing. You could try Meladerm which has all natural ingredients and can be used all over the body. You can purchase this online from Civant Skin Care and they ship to most countires. Another brand is Pink Madison whitening cream which is suitable for use on the body also. This sells on Amazon. Both products are manufactured in the USA.

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      Blessing 

      20 months ago

      Pls I need help on this, I was using Nature white cream lotion and it was okay on my body, but it changed my fingernails to Brown colour I stopped using it because of that. Then I start using Lemon Fresh lotion it started darking some of my places like my Ankle, kneel, etc . Pls can you advice me on the cream I can use and I have dry skin and hard balms. Thanks

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      Angie Woods 

      20 months ago from Australia

      Hi Ody. There are tutorials on You Tube that can show you how to add whitening ingredients to a base cream. The cream neesds to be heated a little but be careful not to overheat it! I know you can add things like kojic acid, licorice and bearberry extract to a base cream.

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      Ody 

      20 months ago

      How can I clear discoloration effectively, can I mix some of these whitening agents with my cream. I have a sensitive skin

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      Angie Woods 

      21 months ago from Australia

      Hi graham. Tomatoes and milk or milk powder can be used as a skin whitening mask. I'm not sure how this would go mixed into a base cream?

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      graham 

      21 months ago

      is it okay to mix milk powder, and tomatoes with your base cream for clear skin?

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      Angie Woods 

      22 months ago from Australia

      If you are applying a skin whitening cream like Meladerm you would do this first. Leave it for 10 minutes before applying sunblock or make up.

      A regular routine would be cleanse, tone, mask and then moisturise.

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      Latifat 

      22 months ago

      please, tell me the step to take when treating the face or skin,like which one is the first step to start with, like cleansing, mask,toning,or

      moisturizing

      moisturizing, l

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      Angie Woods 

      22 months ago from Australia

      Hi Chioma. I dont have a recipe that uses all these ingredients but I know you can add things like kojic acid, licorice and bearberry extract to a base cream. Search for tutorials on You Tube. The ingredients can be added when the cream is heated slightly but be careful not to overheat it.

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      Chioma Uzoka 

      22 months ago

      Hi,please how can i make an active brightening cream using all the above ingredients?

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      Angie Woods 

      24 months ago from Australia

      Hi Susan. Some people use lemon juice daily to lighten the skin but it is best to dilute it with a little water. Wait 24 hrs after applying to make sure your skin is not irritated. Remember to wear sunscreen as your skin will be more photosensitive to the suns UV rays.

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      Susan 

      24 months ago

      pls how many times am i to apply the lemon juice to lighten up

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      Angie Woods 

      24 months ago from Australia

      Hi Avelia. White mulberry extract would be suitable for whitening. I'm not sure about mangosteen. I usually just buy a whitening cream with natural ingredients so Im not sure what proportions you would use to create your own whitening lotion.

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      Avelia 

      24 months ago

      Hi. Currently, I'm doing my study about natural whitening agent and to develop/formulate the whitening body lotion? Can I ask, there is potential if white mulberry leave and Mangosteen pericarp extract to combine as a whitening agent? And what ingredient for body lotion and the quantity used?

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      Angie Woods 

      2 years ago from Australia

      Hi Edith. Im not sure about miracle powder but you can look for these all natural ingredients in skin care products. Meladerm skin whitening cream has a number of these ingredients

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      Edith 

      2 years ago

      Is there anything like miracle powder in cosmetic products?

    • Angie Woods profile imageAUTHOR

      Angie Woods 

      2 years ago from Australia

      Hi Dorcas. There are a number of recipes for making skin whitening soap online. Try searching "skin whitening soap recipe". Most recipes uses Pears soap as a base. This is grated and melted before adding other ingredients.

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      Dorcas 

      2 years ago

      Please how do I use any of these ingredients to make a skin whitening soap.thank you

    • Angie Woods profile imageAUTHOR

      Angie Woods 

      2 years ago from Australia

      I'm not sure where you can buy these ingredients in Lagos. I hope another reader can help with this.

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      Mary Jane Williams 

      2 years ago

      Where in Lagos can I purchase these 8natural ingredients

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      Angie Woods 

      2 years ago from Australia

      I think you mean which ones can I add to body cream? Licorice and bearberry extract can be added in small amounts to your lotion. Also kojic acid powder can be added. It helps to warm the lotion slightly before mixing in new ingredients.

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      Mary Jane Williams 

      2 years ago

      When producing body cream at which should I add these ingredients

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      Angie Woods 

      2 years ago from Australia

      Hi Sarah. There are tutorials online that show you how to do this. It is suggested that you warm the base lotion first, to mix in ingredients like kojic acid powder. Be careful not to overheat it though.

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      sarah 

      2 years ago

      How can I mix these ingredients in my base cream

    • Angie Woods profile imageAUTHOR

      Angie Woods 

      2 years ago from Australia

      Hi Issha. Im not familiar with this product. I looked it up and it says its a hydrating serum that can help fade the appearance of dark spots. I could not see the ingredients though. I would recommend trying a cream like Meladerm by Civant Skin Care. I believe they ship world wide. Civant skin care make many products with natural ingredients that help lighten or brighten the skin.

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      Issha 

      2 years ago

      Hi Angie pls am chocolate colour and I was using Clarins for my body moisturiser & if I used ordinary facial moisturiser it brings more pimples to my face & my face got more darker than my body a friend introduced me to Crescent White Full Cycle brightening cream & Serum with the Facial balm which has SPF50, by Estee Lauder & i don't know if it will work for me & i don't wheither the ingredients is safe or a harmful side effects. Though I havn't bought them & i live in Nigeria I can't access the ingredients in there site. Pls if you have any idea about it or any good skin brightener. Thank you.

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      Angie Woods 

      2 years ago from Australia

      Hi Nicholas. Arbutin does work but l8ke any skin care routine you need to be patient to see results. People usually see results after a month of use but continue until they are happy with their skin tone. It will vary according to how dark your sk8n is.

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      Nicholas 

      2 years ago

      Hi Angie.........i was actually using a cream called bronze tone... It has honey, citric acid on it..... I got minor eczema.... I bought funbact A... But it made it really worse......when treating the eczema I was asked not to use any cream..... So after all eczema went..... I was looking so dark... Darker than before...... I then bought a cream which contains glycerin, propelyn glycol, allantoin, and others but mixed with arbutin.......like 3% of arbutin.......i have been using it for over a month now.... But av gotten light a bit... But still dark cos I was so dark..i could spot d difference... But am still....should I continue using it.... It's kinda so slow.... Am jst confused......how many months is this cream going to make me light... Am jst dark and not presentable but my face is smooth and fresh..... Pls how long do I have to wait for arbutin to work on my dark face...pls do help me.. Thanks so much

    • Angie Woods profile imageAUTHOR

      Angie Woods 

      2 years ago from Australia

      Hi Thea. You could try blending these together, in a blender, maybe add a little yoghurt or add these ingredients to a lotion. For example search for "add kojic acid to lotion" and there are video tutorials you can watch.

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      Thea 

      2 years ago

      I was thinking of mixing kojic acid, lemon extract, bearberry extract, licorice, & niacinamide. Since these are the only ones I'm pretty sure we have here in the Philippines.

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