How to Get Rid of Dark Spots on Your Face With 9 Easy Tips

Updated on July 15, 2017

Ways to Fade and Remove Dark Spots on Your Skin

As you age, you realize that wrinkles can make you look much older than you really are. But there are other culprits that can add years to your appearance. One of these is getting dark spots on your skin.

Fortunately, there are home remedies, topical products, and cosmetic procedures that could effectively fade or permanently remove dark spots. Below, I am sharing with you the most common treatments.

How to Get Rid of Dark Spots

1. Lemon Juice
The acidity acts like a bleaching agent and helps reduce discoloration.
2. Aloe Vera
Contains vitamins A, C, and, E, which help to reduce brown spots and even out skin tone.
3. Yogurt or Buttermilk
They both contain high amounts of lactic acid, which lightens and exfoliates the skin.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Contains alpha hydroxy acid, which gets rid of dead skin cells. It is also rich in vitamins and minerals, helping to brighten and heal the skin.
5. Hydroquinone
A bleaching agent that helps remove liver spots.
6. Reitnoid
A potent form of vitamin A that encourages rapid cell-turnover. It works by shedding the outer layer of skin and encouraging cell regerneration. It also curbs the production of melanin.
7. Salicylic Acid
Lightens age spots by softening the skin, thereby helping it peel.
8. Glycolic Acid
An AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) derived from sugar. It sloughs off dead skin to promote the growth of new skin cells. Use a formula that contains at least 10%.
9. Chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser therapy
These medical procedures physically remove any pigmentation imperfections on your skin's outer epidermis.

Natural Remedies to Remove Dark Spots

1. Apply Lemon Juice

Lemon juice's acidity acts like a bleaching agent and helps reduce discoloration on your face.1 Use a cotton ball or Q-tip to apply the juice onto your liver spots twice a day. It is a good idea to test this first on a small area of your face to see how your skin will react to the lemon juice. If you have sensitive skin, I recommend diluting the juice with a bit of water.

2. Use Aloe Vera Gel

The gel of the aloe vera plant is chock-full of antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and, E, which help to reduce brown spots and even out skin tone.2 Vitamin A speeds up your skin's natural shedding process, vitamin C brightens your complexion, and vitamin E renews the epidermis. Aloe works especially well if you have dark spots caused by sun exposure because the plant has been used for thousands of years to relieve sunburns.

You can buy 100% aloe vera gel at a health food store, but using gel directly from the plant is preferable. To do this, cut off a piece of an aloe vera leaf and split it in half. Carve out the jelly-like flesh and apply this directly onto your skin.

Aloe Vera gel can be used to treat liver spots.
Aloe Vera gel can be used to treat liver spots.

3. Yogurt or Buttermilk

These diary products contain high amounts of lactic acid, which lightens and exfoliates the skin. You can apply yogurt or buttermilk directly onto your skin like a mask and leave it on for 20 minutes before washing it off.3

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Rich in antioxidants and minerals, apple cider vinegar is a popular home product used for treating all sorts of ailments. Those with scarring and pigmentation swear by this simple remedy because the alpha hydroxy acid gets rid of dead skin cell.4

Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. You can apply this over your entire face because it is pH balanced, so it acts as a toner. However, if you detest the smell, let the solution sit for 20 minutes before rinsing.

Topical Products That Reduce Dark Spots on Your Skin

1. Hydroquinone

There are a lot of topical treatments on the market that promise to get rid of dark spots. Choose one that contains hydroquinone, a bleaching agent that helps remove age spots and is safe to use on the skin. You can also use one that contains kojic acid, which has bleaching properties as well.

2. Retinoid

This is a potent manmade form of vitamin A, and it works by encouraging rapid cell-turnover. When old skin cells die, they make way for new skin growth. The idea is to shed the layer of skin with the dark spots so that new, unblemished skin can grow in its place. Retinoid also curbs the production of melanin (the pigment your skin produces that creates dark spots).

If you purchase over-the-counter treatments, the ingredient you will find is called "retinol," which is a vitamin A that naturally occurs in the skin. This form of vitamin A is not as potent as retinoid.5

Retinoids are prescription-only and fall under these three names:

  • Tretinoin, including the brands Atralin, Retin-A, Retin-A Micro, and Renova
  • Tazarotene, such as the brand Tazorac
  • Adapalene, such as the brand Differin

These products are 100 times more potent than the retinol found over the counter.6

Retin-A treatment for dark spots
Retin-A treatment for dark spots

3. Salicylic Acid

You may have heard of salicylic acid being used to treat acne, but it can also be used to lighten dark spots. Salicylic acid works by causing the outermost layer of the skin to soften and then peel. This helps remove dead skin cells and allows new cells to surface.

4. Glycolic Acid

This is a an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) derived from sugar and works as a natural exfoliator, sloughing off dead skin to promote the growth of new skin cells. Dermatologists suggest using a product with at least 10% glycolic acid in order to see results.7

Glycolic acid
Glycolic acid

5. Medical Treatments

If you have the money and you want fast results, you can opt for medical treatments. Common treatments for dark spots include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser therapy. Chemical peel and microdermabrasion promote skin regeneration by removing the top layer of the skin. Laser therapy involves the use of different types of lasers that reduce accumulated melanin on a certain area. It is best to consult your doctor and ask about which treatment is best for your skin type.

How to Prevent Dark Spots on Your Face

Sun damage is the primary cause of dark spots, so be sure to protect yourself from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

  • Steer clear of tanning beds.
  • Wear sunscreen with at least SPF 30. If you are using vitamin A or a product that exfoliates, your skin will be even more sensitive to the sun, so cover your face as much as possible.
  • Make sure to wear protective gears and clothing that minimize sun contact as much as possible. Hats and sunglasses are great accessories to help shield your face from the sun.
  • Seek shade whenever possible.

Prevent sun spots by wearing a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.
Prevent sun spots by wearing a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.

What Causes Dark Spots on Face?

1. Sun Damage (Solar Lentigos)

The leading cause of dark spots, liver spots, and/or freckles is sun damage. Overexposure to UVA/UVB rays, either directly from the sun or through the use of tanning beds, breaks down collagen and causes your skin to produce excess melanin, which leads to discoloration or hyperpigmentation. The damage may not be evident right away, especially if you are young, but you will see the effects of sun damage more prominently when you hit your 40s.

2. Melasma

Women are more likely to suffer from this condition. It is characterized by brown to gray-brown patches that appear on the skin. It is usually caused by sun damage but can also appear during pregnancy.

3. Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (Acne Scarring)

Acne sufferers often develop dark spots or hyperpigmentation caused by injury of the skin through picking or popping pimples.

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.

© 2012 Cliff Mendrez

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      Jane 

      2 weeks ago

      I have been battling with dark spots on my face for more than 2yrs. Pls help me out

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      Meriam Modibedi 

      2 weeks ago

      I have dark sport what can i use

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      Lorraine 

      2 months ago

      I have dry skin and dark spots at my face how can i get rid of it,but my skin is sensitive can not use anything

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      Lil 

      2 months ago

      i have darkspots and oily skin.... generally i hate myself. pliz help me

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      Balikis 

      2 months ago

      Pls wat can i use for darkspot for a sensetive face within a wk

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      Jeremiah 

      2 months ago

      I have this one black spot on my face and it won’t go away and u give me some tips

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      Ann Auld 

      2 months ago

      Have some dark spots on my face would like to get tips to remove them using natural products.

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      S ROY 

      2 months ago

      just like that picture on your display a spot on my skin just one not get rid of.did aspirin and lemon many days.but its not gone.please tell any essential oil i can use for it?

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      yvonne thandiwe 

      2 months ago

      i have alot of darkspots on my face and i want them off.....plz help me

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      xolile 

      2 months ago

      I have dark spot all over my face and pimpiles I'm a laugh stock at school please help me on how to get RIDE of them

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      Amanda 

      2 months ago

      I have Black Sport All over my Body .how can I use to Ride then?

      How Many days it Take

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      Amanda 

      2 months ago

      I have Black Sport All over my Body .how can I use to Ride then?

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      Ankit mishra 

      3 months ago

      I have Many dark spots on My face..Can u help me ....how can I remove black spots on my face..pls halp

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      worldwide lifestyle 

      3 months ago

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      Tabrej alam 

      3 months ago

      How many day should lemon show the effect on face .how many days should use lemon

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      Haripriya 

      4 months ago

      I get irritated seeing my face bcoz of my oily skin and dark spots on my face

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      Rosa saldivar 

      5 months ago

      Annon..... times are tough with the loss of a parent but to lose two is devastating. You need to be strong, pray often and seek help from church or friends. Suicide is not the answer. Please ask for help.

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      Hadiza 

      5 months ago

      Its good

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      Hjj 

      5 months ago

      Anon please seek help from someone, u had a traumatic experience losing your parents but there are people who can help u get through this..please speak to someone online or those around you much luv

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      Charlotte 

      6 months ago

      I have dark sport on my face and pimples with small rushes I want to stop that please help m

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      Annon 

      6 months ago

      since the loss of both my parents, my body went into shock and whole metabolizmn #died##.i never sufferd with my weight and i cannot stop the gain ... on top of this, i have now getting one large age spot on my nose which i never had.i avoided the sun for the last 10yrs so i tried with aloe vera but then i thought 'why should i care what i look like now that i have no one. so the best thing for me to do is go join my parents.. i gave up my independance being greek , to look, after them so really i want to go and be with the loving parentswho i miss terribly. .

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      hana 

      6 months ago

      My face dark psots my face in danage in dark spots plz help me

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      Emilywod4 

      6 months ago

      This natural remedy ( http://removedarkspots.1remedy.net ) is one of the best remedies I have ever used! It was a miracle because as the months passed by, my dark spots became completely clear.

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      Shejay 

      6 months ago

      I have pimples on my face and also black spots ,i want to stop that, can someone please help me..also i have an oily skin

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      Rosalyn sanglay 

      6 months ago

      I have dark spot on my face how to get rid I tried lemon aloe Vera but ain't won't work

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      Njengabo 

      6 months ago

      My face have full of dark spots i want to removed so pleased help me

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      Jenniferlunghar506@gmail.com 

      6 months ago

      My face look so dull cz of acne scar and i using many cosmetic products no reactions so what should i do please help ..

      And I'm a oily skin and combination ....

      I hate myself ..

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      Judith 

      7 months ago

      Nice one

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      Rahul kopnar 

      7 months ago

      I have dark spots so what I have to do for removing

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      Jessica Lewis2 

      7 months ago

      I thought I'd never get rid of the dark spots on 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/clearskin

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      princess anita 

      7 months ago

      pls I need cream for dark sport and face cream that will Brit ting my face

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      vee 

      7 months ago

      l have dark spots on my back what should l do

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      Lillian 

      8 months ago

      I've dark spots on my face I've tried aloe Vera gel but it's not working

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      ishioma 

      8 months ago

      that's a nice one thanks

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      Dripti 

      8 months ago

      do these actually work?

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      phelokazi 

      8 months ago

      anyone who can help me ...what should i use to remove spots on my face including my whole body

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      Priya Pråemlåll 

      9 months ago

      Hey i dose use the lemon juice but aint won't work

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      Hayu 

      9 months ago

      Hi I have pimples and dark spot on my face how I remove it? Please ma friend she advices me to used beking soda with colget is that’s work?

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      Lin Wong 

      9 months ago

      I had dark spots on my face..I had some lasered off by a Dermatologist.. The remaining spots I used raw shea butter 100

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      rugal 

      9 months ago

      I've pimples on my face and it cause darkspot ,please what can i do to make it clear any smooth

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      joy 

      9 months ago

      Aloe vera gel is working very fast...for me it's the best.

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      lili 

      9 months ago

      how to get rid of dark sports on my face pl help

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      Lydia 

      9 months ago

      plz I have so many stretch marks and drak spot on my body what I can use to remove it

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      The heaven beauty 

      9 months ago

      Great and helpful article. I love to read your article and thank you so much for such a helpful article. I hope it really works for all.

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      The heaven beauty 

      9 months ago

      Great and helpful article. I love to read your article. Thank you so much for such a helpful article.

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      Joy 

      9 months ago

      I've pimples on my face and it cause darkspot ,please what can i do to make it clear any smooth

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      Esho omolola 

      10 months ago

      I hv pimples in my face it now cos darkspot wat can i use

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      Sheenam 

      10 months ago

      I have darksports on my face i have tried many products but result is zero ,what can i use for this problm

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      Janice Tan 

      11 months ago

      How to remove mosquito bites spots on face i try aloe vera but it doesn’t works

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      Lindokuhle 

      11 months ago

      What can I buy to remove dark spotted to my body that caused by hiv please help.

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      jojo 

      13 months ago

      I've tried lemon juice and its working.just take a cotton wool or bud and use it to apply on the affected area.wait for a few minutes until dry

      Then wash with clean water

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      Albertina 

      13 months ago

      I have dark sports on my face which i am ashamed of myself and i cant face my friends.

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      talya 

      14 months ago

      Have got so many dark spot in my body. And stretch marks too what can I use to get rid of them

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      crissy 

      14 months ago

      great

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      Clarissa Conklin 

      14 months ago

      I suffer from very large brown spots on both cheeks. It was embarrassing and lowered my self-esteem. It took too much makeup to cover up without looking cakey. I received dermalmd on Tuesday and today (Sunday) the spots have reduced by 50%. I wish I took a before picture but I had no idea dermalmd serum would actually work. I have tried everything and was about to look into laser treatment. This works and very reasonably priced.

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      Malaveka Singh 

      14 months ago

      Melasma on my face

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      rekha 

      15 months ago

      i have more black spots on my skin is there any tablates to reduce that

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      Haokip 

      15 months ago

      some people say that dark lining in the face is due to stomach problems and some other people say that it is because of sun heat on so i want to know the real reason and best treatment for this

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      sibo 

      15 months ago

      I also have bad dark spots, this is not good because it even creates depression, I even hate myself

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      Jonalyn Co 

      16 months ago

      I have very bad dark spot on my face im so shame about it i try all lemon for 1month apple cedar vinegar but make me more dark spot i look monster now please help me what should i do about it

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      Muzamil Khan 

      16 months ago

      Thanks for giving me useful tips

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      Nonjabulo 

      17 months ago

      I have bad marks on my face I have tried Protex Deep Clean but I don't see any result what must I buy???

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      Debra 

      17 months ago

      I have very bad dark spots on face. I am suffering with face shaming image everyday ☹️ I can't look at the mirror anymore. Can someone please help me with dark spots on face? Thank you for your understanding! Debra Scott

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      Amelia C. 

      17 months ago

      I personalky love using the even tone serum of Dermalmd. Its not harsh on my skin and ive been able to correct a few spots on my face

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      natasha 

      17 months ago

      I have black spots on my face Wat to do

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      Hassan ali 

      18 months ago

      I bleach my face after 2 years then my face were very blacked like my face were burned

      Then from my face was lightly remove the burning black areas

      Again begin my face was like burn skin dark skin

      I can use much beauty creams but These creams not clear my face

      So plzz tell the treatment

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      Patel 

      18 months ago

      I have dark spots on my full face how to remove it plz help me

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      daniel abrahaly 

      18 months ago

      is lomen and a bit water is enough to remove dark skin on my face?

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      Nina 

      18 months ago

      I have very dark spots on my cheek area of my face . Some say it’s due to poor circulation. They are very embarrassing spots looks like a big burise on my cheeks ,. How do I get rib of them ? I’m a light skin black woman

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      hopeful 

      18 months ago

      I have dark spots around my upper lip, forehead and above my eybrow, what is the best remedy

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      faith 

      18 months ago

      I have dark spots on my face I have tried aloe vera, lemon juice but is tin there

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      Geetha 

      20 months ago

      I have dark spots on my face I tried all home remedies but no use please suggest

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      Mica 

      20 months ago

      Thank you for the tips I will try them

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      deeksha 

      22 months ago

      I used honey ,applied it on my face and washed it after 30 minutes . now my face has no dark spots and I feel fresh.

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      Cara 

      23 months ago

      Lemon n yoghurt and honey and mix together and apply on the face for one hour than take off with warm water

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      GEE 

      2 years ago

      Hello, i have been having breakouts on my chin and jaws areas and its leaving marks which look ugly.What can i do to get rid of them and also to lighten the marks. I have a wedding to attend in Oct and this look is worrying me more

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      Joseph 

      2 years ago

      i have dark spot on my face both sides. i got this a year and its getting bigger. i work everyday under the heat of the sun. what should i do and what remedies is best for me. please help me. God bless.!

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      lesedi 

      2 years ago

      i am 33 years old I have lots of dark sports on my face and I have tried so many products but still doesn't work please help me to remove the dark sports on my face

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      Valencia 

      2 years ago

      I've got black spots on my face so I want to get rid of them.

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      lilly zulu 

      2 years ago

      I have dark sport but have tried alot to get rid of them but it doesnt work what do i do now

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      Bonnie Johnson 

      2 years ago

      Dead cell dark spot use all kind proudest on my face not help me at all

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      Paul 

      2 years ago

      I have got lot of black spots on my back, any suggestions please.

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      Tamim Sharifa 

      2 years ago

      please i have dark spots on my face... I need a remedy

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      Carly 

      2 years ago

      I have loads of spots just want to get ride of them

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      Rohit JATT 

      2 years ago

      I have try this and it is usefull thankx jai jatt

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      Nicole 

      2 years ago

      I have dark spots in my face from pregnancy how do I get rid of them

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      JeanWilliams 

      2 years ago

      I have some age spots/sun spots on my face. I've tried everything to remove them and Dermalmd Lightening Serum actually lightens them. I've only used it for a few weeks now but I am seeing results. They are lighter. Remember to apply the serum to only the spots as the skin around them will lighten too making them never seem to fade. It is tricky to do this, but this serum actually works. I am pleased.

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      arun 

      2 years ago

      I got a big heat ball on my face!!how to get rid of it??

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      Cliff Mendrez 

      2 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Kevin,

      Salicylic may work faster. Regardless of what remedy you choose, however, make sure you try it on a small area first to see how your skin reacts. Once the dark spots are gone, you can stop using your chosen remedy. But you should have a good skin care regimen to maintain the health of your skin.

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      Kevin 

      2 years ago

      Which remedy will cure dark spots the fastest? Lemon juice? or Salicylic acid? Also, after I cured the dark spots do I need to continue using the remedies?

      Thank you.

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      loveofjustin 

      2 years ago

      Very good ill try

    • Cliff Mendrez profile imageAUTHOR

      Cliff Mendrez 

      2 years ago from Philippines

      Hello, AMMULU !

      What remedies have you tried? And for how long? I highly recommend trying the lemon juice trick and staying consistent with it.

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      AMMULU 

      2 years ago

      iam 19 years old and i have reddish brown spots and patches on my face and i tried many remedies but no use please suggest one best home remedie to remove all as soon as possible

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      shepard 

      2 years ago

      I have lot of pimple on my face....so i just tried to use apple cider vinegar....it's works

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      CorneliaBuresch 

      3 years ago

      I just started using the DermalMD Lightening Serum as I have a few dark spots on my face and am starting to get them on the backs of my hands. I start by washing my face with a gentle cleanser and then using a toner to close my pores. Then I apply the dermalmd lightening serum followed by sunscreen and then my moisturizer. On days that I work I will add light makeup and I am amazed that my face still looks fresh and non greasy at the end of my work day. I also use this at night. I still have the dark spots but my face has a healthier glow.

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      Deborah Hopkins 

      3 years ago

      I have dark spots on my face cheeks and neck. What can I use to get rid of these dark spots?

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      Ali 

      3 years ago

      I have darkspot dark spot in my face

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      Joemel Cabangon 

      3 years ago

      I have dry skin and I think MommyRenu Even Tone Serum works especially well. My dark spots are mostly scarring left from pimples and acne scars. I wanted to try MommyRenu Even Tone Serum because I do not have a lot of acne but on my bare face it seems like because of the acne scars. I spot treat using this and I think it helps make them less visible.

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      Sravanthi Reddy 

      3 years ago

      Thank you for the home remedies for dark spots . I am following potato, lemon juice and honey remedy is working out for me. All you have to do is make juice out of 3 to 4 potatoes and add a few drops of lemon juice along with honey and apply it on face. Wash it off after 30 minutes and I could see the results after using for a month.

      Source where I found the remedy : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty7xBXg8nFI

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      pillar 

      3 years ago

      Retinoids are a powerful form of vitamin A proven to speed up cell turnover - which you need to get rid of dark spots. It helps your complexion looks smoother and diminishes the appearance of fine lines. The most potent form I use is in the Lady Soma Renewal Serum - I buy it online. Anything stronger, you will need a prescription from your dermotologist - but anything stronger will make your skin flake. The Lady Soma Renewal Serum does not make my skin flake, and in about 3- weeks, I have way less dark spots.

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